What is an undergraduate minor?
Undergraduates pursue a baccalaureate degree, the degree awarded for completion of an approved undergraduate program. This baccalaureate degree may be a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the degree typically awarded in the arts and humanities; or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the degree typically awarded in the sciences, engineering, and health professions.
At OU, the baccalaureate degree includes some general coursework required of all undergraduates (general education) and some coursework in a subject area the student has selected for in-depth study (the major). Additionally, a student may select coursework in a secondary field of study (a minor).
This minor becomes a secondary and optional area of interest for depth of study. It can be closely related to the major to serve as a support area, or it can be unrelated to the major choice. Upon graduation, the student's official transcript will reflect completion of their major and their minor. A minor is NOT a degree. A student cannot "earn" a minor without also successfully completing all general education requirements and major requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
There are college-based limits on who may pursue minors within colleges; check the college information carefully and consult with college advisors regarding questions.
Most minors here at the University of Oklahoma require 18 - 24 hours of coursework; each college sets particular parameters on which students may pursue minors within the college and which courses can be counted towards fulfilling minor requirements.
Why would a student choose to pursue a minor?
Successful completion of a minor is noted on the student's final transcript. Anyone reviewing this transcript will see the array of courses taken that led to this minor. The transcript will reflect someone who makes careful use of their educational experience to gain additional expertise.
If a student elects a minor in a closely related field to their major, their transcript will reflect an education somewhat more broad and robust, and less narrowly focused than that of a student electing only a major.
If a student elects a minor in an unrelated field to their major, their transcript will reflect an education much broader than the typical undergraduate transcript; and an individual who choose to gain educational expertise in diverse domains of knowledge.