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Minors, Concentrations, and Tracks

WHAT ARE MINORS, CONCENTRATIONS, AND TRACKS? 

Minors, concentrations, and tracks are collections of coursework through which students gain specialized knowledge in a particular field or discipline. The number of credits required for concentrations, minors, and tracks are determined by the faculty within each school. Minors, concentrations, and tracks appear on the official transcript of the University.

The following basic guidelines relate to creating or modifying minors, tracks, and concentrations for existing degree programs.  Such actions only require University of Virginia approval.

Creating or Modifying a Minor, Concentration, or Track:

  • Upon review and approval of the proposed minor, concentration, or track by the school's curriculum committee and dean, submit an academic compliance checklist to Cheryl Carroll.
    • If the minor, concentration, or track affects faculty, students, and/or academic programs in more than one school, the sponsoring dean should consult the corresponding dean(s).
  • IRA consults with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (VPAA) to confirm alignment with institutional academic planning.
  • Upon initial approval by the VPAA, IRA staff will advise the department on the required Faculty Senate materials
  • Faculty Senate* approval entails the following:
    • Review by the “Institutional Impact” committee comprised of stakeholders (e.g., Financial Services, University Registrar, Library, International Studies Office) to confirm alignment with university policy and procedures.
    • Review and approval by the Academic Affairs Committee
    • Review and approval by the Executive Council
  • Upon Faculty Senate approval, the Provost Office will notify the School Dean of the minor, concentration, or track's approval.
  • IRA staff notifies relevant institutional stakeholders, including the University Registrar for inclusion of the minor, concentration, or track in the Record and the Student Information System.

*As of 2015-16, approval of concentrations, minors, and tracks has been delegated to the Academic Affairs Committee and the Executive Council. However, the Executive Council reserves the right to forward any proposal to the Faculty Senate for review and approval.)

TIMELINE:

  • For the minor, concentration, or track to be effective the ensuing fall semester, all approvals (including provost and, if necessary, SACSCOC) must be secured by July 1.  For the minor, concentration, or track to be effective with the ensuing spring semester, all approvals (including provost and, if necessary, SACSCOC) must be secured by December 1.