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Majors vs. Minors: What’s the Difference?

What is a major?

Your major is the primary area of study you have chosen and what is listed on your diploma. Your major typically corresponds to the type of career you plan to pursue after graduation. For example, pursuing a major in accounting will typically lead to careers in the accounting field.

Major courses will make up the majority of the courses you take during your time at UIC.

What is a minor?

A minor is a secondary area of study. It might be an area that complements your major or it can just be an area you have a personal interest in. For example, a student wanting to pursue a career in sports psychology may major in kinesiology with a minor in psychology (or vice versa!). On the other hand, you could be a biology major with a passion for art and choose to minor in art for personal fulfillment.

Minor courses typically consist of 12-21 hours, depending on the minor.

Your transcripts will have your minor listed, but your minor will not appear on your diploma.

Consulting with your Academic Advisor

It is always best to consult with your academic advisor to discuss your interest in adding a minor. They can help you determine how minor coursework can fit into your major coursework, as well as offer guidance on how to maximize general education courses and electives towards your minor.