What is a minor?
While every CMU-Q student will have a major area of study, many also choose to pursue a minor area of study too. For some students, they find they are very interested in a second subject and they would like to learn more about it. For others, a minor is a subject that complements their major area of study.
Facts about minors at CMU-Q
- Business Administration and Computer Science students must complete a minor as part of their degree requirements.
- CMU-Q offers minors in 16 subject areas.
- Students should declare a minor before the end of their sophomore year to ensure they can complete the required courses by graduation
- Students who have a declared minor may be given priority in courses required to complete the minor.
- Students may drop or change their minor at any time.
The minor in Arabic studies promotes language proficiency, as well as a deeper understanding of Arabic culture. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language experience and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, or internal placement exam scores can take courses toward the minor earlier in their undergraduate program.
All university students are eligible to pursue a minor in biological sciences in conjunction with a major in any other department. The minor provides students with a broad-based perspective in biology. Students pursuing the minor in Biological Sciences will acquire basic knowledge in the key areas of biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, and relate this foundational knowledge to more specialized areas through electives.
A minimum of six biological sciences courses (and two chemistry prerequisites) must be completed to fulfill the minor in biological sciences. The curriculum includes four required courses and two elective courses. Units awarded for undergraduate research are not applicable to elective courses. Courses taken in other departments or colleges will be considered on an individual basis.
The minor in business administration is for students in other majors who wish to explore the functional areas of business administration. For students entering the university in or after the fall 2015 semester, the minor requires a total of six business courses (54 units) comprised of required courses, constrained electives and electives.
Students pursuing a minor in cognitive neuroscience will gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience. Students will develop foundational knowledge of the nervous system, and learn the effects of basic neurological function on behavior and cognition.
Computational biology is the discipline of approaching biological and biomedical problems using computational methods. The computational biology minor introduces students to the process of using biological data to build integrated models of biological systems, analyzing that data to find solutions to biological questions.
Students minoring in computer science will obtain a basic level of understanding of the fundamentals of the discipline. The minor enables students to explore sub-areas of interest within computer science, based on their interests. Students completing the minor will be able to use, design, develop, identify and analyze different algorithms and data structures to solve problems. Students will also be able to reason about and implement these algorithms using different programming languages and paradigms that best suit the desired application domain.
The minor in economics provides students with a solid understanding of economic theory and data analysis. All university students are eligible to pursue the minor. In order to avoid “double counting” issues, students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor. When courses are shared across degrees, students pursuing a minor in economics are asked to take additional advanced economics electives. All economics courses counting towards the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
Students who minor in English studies learn to effectively analyze and report on the texts of others. Such training prepares students for graduate work in literature, culture, or rhetoric, and for careers in law, business, or government.
Global Systems and Management
The GSM is intended for students wishing to learn about global business systems, systems development, product development and global project management. GSM exposes students to contemporary issues and practices facing organizations, managers and individuals working on a global scale across political, cultural and temporal boundaries. Students with a GSM minor learn about being part of an organization that works globally with its employees, business partners, customers and supply chains.
The history minor at CMU-Q prepares students for their future by giving them a profound appreciation of the lessons of the past. In addition, the history minor prepares students to understand current problems within their historical context, improves student writing and argumentative skills, and trains students to be critical readers of source materials.
The global digital transformation permeates core aspects of social and economic life, and has spurred the rise of electronic collaboration, digital commerce, process automation, web innovation, and smart cities. The IS minor equips students with key skills to effectively leverage IS in their fields. It complements their expertise and provides them with a competitive necessity in an increasingly digital world.
The minor in mathematical sciences gives students a firm foundation in a core set of fundamental mathematical topics, including real analysis, discrete mathematics, and linear algebra, while engaging students in a breadth of mathematical topic areas through electives.
The neuroscience minor curriculum allows students from various disciplines to gain fundamental knowledge of neuroscience concepts. Students pursuing the minor will learn the basic biological foundations of the nervous system, understand the effects of basic neurological function on behavior, and gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field of neuroscience.
The interdisciplinary nature of the coursework echoes the nature of the field, with students selecting courses from the natural, social, and computer sciences. Because the curriculum within this minor may overlap with some degree requirements, no more than two courses fulfilling the neuroscience minor requirements may count towards the requirements of a student’s major or other minor.
The professional writing minor prepares students for careers as writers and communication specialists in a range of fields, including publishing, government, law, journalism, health care, community advocacy, the non-profit sector, education, corporate communications, finance, and the arts.
The minor in psychology is available to all students across the university. Students in the minor can customize their education by choosing their coursework with the required eight courses. Students pursuing the minor in psychology will acquire foundational knowledge about psychological theories, understand the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior, learn to critically assess the connections between research results, hypotheses, and theories, and gain expertise in active research areas.
Questions about minors
Contact: Sheila Rian, Enrollment Services Manager
Office: 4454 8565