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Minors and certificate programs

In addition to a major, a student may elect a minor area of study in any program or department offering such a program. The minor can be used to fulfill career needs or serve as a means for the student to study a discipline of secondary interest.

Students interested in pursuing a minor should discuss their intentions with their advisers or the chair of the major department. When the student decides on a minor, a Change of Major/Minor form must be completed in the Office of Records and Registration. When the student files for graduation, the student must complete the Minor Application along with the Graduation Application.

Courses for the minor should be chosen from courses approved by departments offering minors in their areas. Generally, students cannot minor in the same area as their major.

A minor designation on the transcript requires a minimum of 18 credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA must be achieved in the minor. Prerequisites for courses are stated under course descriptions in the VCU Courses database online at

Detailed descriptions of each minor and certificate program appear in this bulletin.

Minors are offered in the following areas:

African American studies
African studies
American studies
Arabic and Middle Eastern studies
Asian and Chinese studies
British studies
Catholic studies
creative writing
European studies
gender, sexuality and women’s studies
international social justice studies
Islamic studies
Italian studies
Judaic studies
Latin American studies
mathematical sciences
media studies
Mediterranean studies
nonprofit management and administration
philosophy of law
political science
public management
religious studies
Russian studies
world cinema

Undergraduate certificates are awarded in the following areas and levels:

international management studies (baccalaureate certificate, in conjunction with the School of Business)
Spanish/English translation and interpretation (baccalaureate certificate)
statistics (post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)


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