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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology

For Advisors

Minors and Cognates

Please note to your students that they must have a minor or cognate to graduate. If they are pursuing a double major, a minor or cognate is not necessary. If they are pursuing a double degree, the student will need to choose a minor or cognate to graduate. The difference between a double major and double degree follows: it is a double major if the students' other course of study is a major within the College of Arts and Sciences, such as English. A double degree is when a student takes a second major outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, such as Business. Students must earn a "C" or better for a class to count towards a minor or cognate. Note that pre-med, pre-law and pre-pharmacy cannot be minors. They can qualify as cognates but classes must be taken at the appropriate level. Notes on Cognates: Please note to your students who choose the cognate option that most areas of study require them to take courses at the 300-level. For example, if a student wants to pursue an "education cognate", all their courses should start at the 300-level and higher. There are exceptions to this rule such as philosophy cognates which can begin at the 200-level. The exceptions can be found in the student handbook. Minor Bulletin: Encourage your students to choose a minor as soon as possible. Some minors require classes which are only offered in certain semesters or require prerequisites. The current minor bulletin can be found on the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Senior Checks

Students are advised to get a senior check done for them the semester before the semester they plan to graduate (so if they are graduating in May of any given year, they should do their senior check in the previous fall semester). This way, the undergraduate office in combination with the Dean's office can catch any errors in the student's file or warn them of classes they need to finish in order to graduate. Waiting until the semester of graduation poses a risk of not being able to sign up for a class that might be needed for graduation.