New Concentrations and Minors

Procedure for Submitting Proposals for Concentrations and Minors

Each new concentration in either an undergraduate or graduate program, or minor is subject to review and approval by the Academic Senate and the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. Upon approval by the Provost, the Office of the Chancellor is notified about concentrations in compliance with Executive Order 1071. Guidelines for concentrations in graduate and undergraduate degree programs are as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Major Degrees
    1. Concentrations within degree program must constitute less than half of the units required in the program, which could include preparation for the major , core courses, and major requirements
    2. At least 10% of the units for the degree must have a unique set of requirements for that concentration.
  2. Graduate Degrees
    1. Concentrations, with a degree program must have at least 50% similarity in core coursework requirements for the master's degree among the base major and all concentrations within the degree, not including culminating experience (project, portfolio, or 299) units.
    2. At least 30% of the units for the degree must be a unique set of requirements for that concentration.

The information required for review and approval of a proposed concentration is not as detailed as a full degree program. Requests for approval of a concentration should follow the format below.

  1. Name of the campus submitting the request, the full and exact title of the proposed aggregate of courses.
  2. Full and exact title of the degree major program under which the aggregate of courses will be offered, where applicable.
  3. Concentrations or specialization areas already existing under the degree major program for which the new aggregate of courses is proposed.
  4. Department(s) to offer the aggregate of courses.
  5. Purpose of the proposed aggregate of courses. For a concentration also include an explanation of how the concentration contains material that confers a distinct specialty.
  6. For a concentration, and explanation of how the common material addresses the degree's program outcomes (concentrations are not assessed separately during program planning so all concentrations in a major must address the major's program outcomes).
  7. Need for the proposed aggregate of courses.
  8. A detailed curricular plan complying with Guidelines laid out in S14-9. This includes a list of the courses, by catalog number, title, and units of credit, as well as total units to be required under the proposed aggregate of courses. *Due to course impaction, any courses listed outside of department must have supporting documentation stating the home department is aware of course(s) being used in the proposal.
  9. List of courses, by catalog number, title, and units of credit as well as total units to be required for the major in which the proposed aggregate of courses is to be included (Catalog Copy). 
  10. New courses to be developed. 
  11. Documentation showing the department has the faculty and resources to support the new concentration, including a list of all present faculty members, with rank, appointment status, highest degree earned, date and field of highest degree, and professional experience, who would teach in the proposed aggregate of courses.
  12. Additional instructional resources, (faculty, space, equipment, library volumes, etc.) needed to implement and sustain the proposed aggregate of courses. List all resources needed for the first five years beyond those currently projected, including specific resource, cost, and source of funding.
  13. Degree Roadmap, a semester by semester listing of courses that lead to a degree in four years. Note the road map must include all courses (including GE and electives), not just requirements for degree. If a particular GE course is desirable, it should be indicated; if the department has no preferred course within a particular GE Area, then the Area (e.g., Area C1) may be listed with no course specific. The degree Roadmap must be consistent with course prerequisites and the usual semesters in which major courses will be offered.


Under Senate Policy 16-4, an undergraduate minor is a formal aggregate of courses in a designated subject area distinct from and outside the student's degree major, consisting of 12 or more semester units (no more than 24 units). Policy outlines that at least 6 of these units should be upper division. To submit a minor request, please complete the minor proposal template, and submit supporting materials via the online submission process.