Here’s a link to it on The Varsity News: http://www.thevarsitynews.net/come-fall-udm-students-can-earn-two-minors-1.2759338
Today, UDM students are able to earn only one minor.
That will change next year.
“If a student is able to plan a major, as well as two complementary minor programs with a careful attention to the number of courses needed and any additional requirements, then he or she should be allowed to do so,” said Dr. Heather Hill-Vasquez, associate dean for academic affairs.
She said the double-minor idea came from the students.
“Students have been asking for two minors for a few years now,” Hill-Vasquez said. “This was confirmed by the dozens of students who asked about being able to pursue two minors at the CLAE (College of Liberal Arts and Education) minor fairs which were held in Spring and Fall 2011.”
After the UDM administration received the idea, it went through a formal process. Proposals were drafted and votes were taken.
However complex the process was, the new policy is ultimately beneficial to UDM students, Hill-Vasquez said.
“In today’s competitive job market, a graduate with a major and, in addition, a minor or minors, helps a job seeker to stand out to a potential employer,” she said.
Other UDM faculty also see a benefit.
“It allows UDM students to formally pursue and be acknowledged for pursuing their multiple interests,” said Dr. Rosemary Weatherston, associate professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program. “I think this will enhance students’ academic experience here at UDM and enable them to better prepare themselves for competitive job markets.”
Several students said they like the idea, too.
“I think it really makes a college student more attractive and versatile,” said Erica Taylor, a sophomore and member of the five-year PA program.
Mark Shalavy, a junior and biochemistry major, said he felt the same way.
“I think it’s not a bad idea,” Shalavy said. “I think it gives an opportunity to others.”
Despite their enthusiasm, Taylor and Shalavy said they’re too busy with prior commitments to take advantage of the coming program.
“I do not have any time to pick up any minors,” Taylor said.
Anthony Donald, a junior and biology major, said he thinks it might be too much.
“It’s a nice option,” Donald said. “I feel people who have two minors on top of a major would find it difficult.”
Hill-Vasquez said undergrads may declare a second minor beginning next fall.
“December 2012 will be the first possibility for a student to graduate with two minors,” she said.