New Concentrations and Minors

Health Science Collage

Procedure for Submitting Proposals for  Concentrations and Minors


Each new option, concentration, special emphasis, and minor is subject to review and approval by the Office of the Chancellor unless it is exempted under the provisions of Executive Order No. 283 (Appendix C), which delegates approval authority to the Presidents. While campuses may have unique definitions,  a concentration is defined for purposes of system review as an aggregate of courses within a degree major designed to give a student specialized knowledge, competence, or skill. A 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 (see minor proposal template). The Office of Undergraduate Studies recommends that 6 of these units should be upper division.

The information required for review and approval of a proposed concentration or minor is less detailed than for a full degree major program. Requests for approval of a concentration or minor should follow the format below.

  1. Name of the campus submitting the request, the full and exact title of the proposed aggregate of courses, and whether it is an option, concentration, special emphasis, or minor.
  2. Full and exact title of the degree major program under which the aggregate of courses will be offered, where applicable.
  3. Options, concentrations, or specialization area 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.
  6. Need for the proposed aggregate of courses.
  7. 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 proposal.
  8. 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). See Academic Major/Minor Program Change Form
  9. New courses to be developed. Include Permanent Course Proposal for each new course.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 desireable, it should be indicated.