Students must complete the following minimum number of credits at the campus from which they expect to graduate before a degree will be granted.
- To be eligible for a University undergraduate degree, a student must complete at least 30 semester credits awarded by the University campus from which he or she is seeking to graduate.
- At least 15 credits of the last 30 credits earned prior to the awarding of a University degree, must be awarded by the University campus from which a student is seeking to graduate.
- Students must complete at least half of upper-division major work (3XXX courses or higher) on the campus from which they are seeking to graduate. Study-abroad credits earned through programs sponsored by the University are considered resident credit.
- In order to have a minor recorded on a University transcript, a student must take at least three upper division credits in the minor field at the campus from which he or she will receive the degree.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
- The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost may, under extraordinary circumstances, waive the requirements in sections 2, 3, and 4, above, but not section 1.
- Colleges or campuses may, with approval of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, establish standards higher than those set in this policy. Students must be informed of such additional requirements.
- Students may earn a major and a minor from two different campuses.
It is expected that students who graduate from the University will have completed a minimum amount of coursework from the University campus from which they are seeking to graduate. This requirement allows the faculty of each campus to ensure the student meets the campus and institutional standards of achievement. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Academic Major
- A student's main field of specialization during his or her undergraduate or graduate studies. The major is recorded on the student's transcript.
- Academic Minor
- A student's declared secondary field of study or specialization during his or her undergraduate or graduate studies. A minor typically consists of a set of courses that meet specified guidelines and is designed to allow a sub-major concentration in an academic discipline or in a specific area in or across disciplines. The minor is recorded on the student's transcript.
- Requirements for the major and minor
- The set of courses that constitute the program of study in a focused area for a particular degree program. These courses make up a portion of the University of Minnesota degree.
- Colleges or campuses
- Prepare request to establish standard higher than those set in the policy. Communicate the new standards, if approved.
- Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
- Consider collegiate or campus requests on higher standards and communicate the decision.
- October 2014 - Clarifications related to Higher Learning Commission accreditation requirements.
- December 2009 - Policy now applies to Crookston.
- April 2009