Majors & Minors

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Think of your major as your academic specialty. It’s the part of your degree that you choose to focus on, often with a particular goal in mind. Majors at the University of Minnesota are housed in colleges depending on their specialty. They can be between 40-80 credits, depending on the college and requirements.

Majors will cover topics both broadly and specifically and provide you with a particular set of knowledge in an area. The U of M offers over 130 majors. Which will you choose? You don’t even have to limit yourself to just one, learn about double major and dual degree


A minor is an optional secondary field of study or specialization. They are often smaller programs with fewer credits, usually around 15-20. They can be connected to a similar major or freestanding, which means they exist on their own. Students may choose to pair majors and minors together to explore particular interests.