The typical minor consists of a minimum of 16-20 credits (4 or 5 courses). It may be part of your concentration. It may not. It really is up to you. Before you declare, be sure to chat with your adviser about where it fits into your program here at Gallatin.
You should be reminded that the addition of a minor in no way changes any of your obligations as a Gallatin student. You still need to formulate your concentration, write an IAPC, write a rationale, and complete your colloquium. Also, be aware that a minor becomes part of your graduation requirements (unless you opt to drop, which we discuss below).
It is really up to you, declaring a minor is not a Gallatin requirement. If you choose to declare a minor you should schedule an appointment with your faculty adviser to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of particular minors that might complement or extend your Gallatin concentration.
The department/school offering the minor determines the credit and course requirements. Gallatin has no standing in this process. Students must consult with the department/school offering the minor about course requirements and course substitution. (If you are approved to substitute a course, be sure to follow up with the department to ensure that they make the necessary changes to your record, i.e., degree requirements) In general you should use the Degree Progress on Albert to keep track of your minor and overall academic progress.
Once you declare a minor it becomes part of your degree requirements and you are required to complete your minor before you graduate. If you no longer wish to pursue your minor, you must officially request to have it removed from your academic record prior to the completion of 110 credits.
To drop your minor, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; the email should include your name, your N number, and the name of the minor. Please be advised that after dropping a minor from your record, the minor notation will continue to appear on your official transcript during the semesters in which you were enrolled in the minor.
For questions or concerns regarding cross school minors, please contact the Gallatin Office of Student Services.