Divisions, Majors, and Minors
Academic Divisions and Departments
Miami University has seven academic divisions: College of Arts and Science, Farmer School of Business, College of Creative Arts, College of Education, Health, and Society, College of Engineering and Computing, College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, and Graduate School.
Within the undergraduate divisions are the academic departments, offering major and minor programs. So, for example, if your major is software engineering, you are in the College of Engineering and Computing. All majors, minors, degrees, and certificate programs are listed in the General Information chapter.
For a degree, you must fulfill three sets of requirements: the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education or the Honors Plan for Liberal Education, the requirements of your academic division, and the requirements of your major. If you have admission prerequisites to be met, those also must be completed. Often these requirements overlap; that is, one course may fulfill several requirements.
Your major is your primary field of study, such as architecture, geography, etc. Your major program requirements are described in your academic division chapter of this Bulletin. For example, requirements for a degree in geography are listed in the College of Arts and Science section. All majors are listed in the General Information chapter.
Although you do not need to choose a major when you enroll, you are required to choose a division. In most cases, if you use your first year to take courses that fulfill a part of the Miami Plan and divisional requirements, you can still complete a major with no delay. To declare your major, after taking classes for a semester or more, request a change/declaration of major form from your divisional office, complete the information, and have your department chair sign. When you return it to your divisional office, your program information is transferred to your academic records.
A co-major is designed to provide a complementary perspective to a student’s primary major and carries at least 30 credits. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major with the co-major listed on the transcript. Some co-majors may have areas of concentration. Completion of the co-major may satisfy the Global Miami Plan thematic sequence requirement.
A minor is a second field of study taken along with a major. Taking a minor is optional. This is a specific program that may widen your primary area of interest or increase your career opportunities. Most minors require fewer hours than majors—all require at least 18 semester hours in a specified program. Minors may be offered within one department or across several departments.
Minors are offered in many fields of study. A list of minors is in the General Information chapter; requirements for each minor are included in each division’s chapter.
To earn a minor, these are the minimum requirements (some minors require more):
- Notify the chief departmental advisor or chair of the interdepartmental committee that you want to enroll in the minor.
- You must have a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) for all courses in a minor. Some minor programs may require a higher GPA.
- All courses taken for the minor must be for a grade, not for credit/no-credit, unless exceptions are stated.
- When you apply for graduation, you must indicate on your application that you are receiving a certain minor. A minor can only be awarded with a bachelor’s degree.
You may have more than one minor. All minors you complete are noted on your academic record. Courses used to satisfy the requirements for one minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for another minor or major. Not all major programs allow students to record certain minors, and some minors are open only to certain majors. Check with your advisor for more information.
Students may use a minor to meet the Global Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement if the minor has 9 hours outside the department of major and 6 of those 9 hours are at the 200 level or above. See the Global Miami Plan section for more information.
Changing a Major or Minor
To change your major or minor, go to the divisional or department office or regional advising office (regional campus students only) offering that program. Your program information is transferred to your academic record. Most majors in the College of Creative Arts require successful completion of an audition or portfolio review to complete the change of major.
Additional Major, Minor, or Degree
With careful planning, you can complete requirements for more than one major, minor, and/or more than one degree. Early in your program, notify your divisional office(s), and departments involved. Follow change of major process noted in Changing a Major or Minor above to have your program of study noted on your academic records and you will have advisors for your programs.
You must pay a graduation fee for each degree you earn.
If you have already received a bachelor’s degree from another accredited college or university, you can qualify for a degree from Miami by earning an additional 32 semester hours and meeting all requirements for the additional degree.
Miami Plan Thematic Sequence
To enroll in a Thematic Sequence, contact the department in which the sequence is housed or go to the Office of Liberal Education Web site (www.MiamiOH.edu/liberal-ed). See the Liberal Education at Miami section in this Bulletin. Regional students should see their regional advisor.
Basic Personal Computer Proficiency
Incoming students are expected to demonstrate a minimum proficiency with the use of a personal computer and basic software programs. These minimum proficiencies include:
- The ability to use the Internet to find and retrieve information including: locating an Internet site given a URL; navigating between information sources; doing basic searches using a major Internet search service; and submitting information via on-line forms;
- The ability to use electronic mail as a form of communication including: sending an e-mail when given an e-mail address; responding to an e-mail; sending e-mail to a group of individuals; and sending and receiving attachments as part of an e-mail.
- The ability to use a word processing program to create and edit documents including: creating a new document; editing an existing document; changing the format of text; and changing margins, page orientation, and other elements of page layout.
- The ability to use an operating system including copying or moving a file to or from removable media; finding files or folders on a local hard drive; and creating a sub-directory (folder).
Students who have not acquired these skills prior to entering the university will be provided with training opportunities during their first semester.
Physical education is optional. No more than 10 semester hours of physical education (kinesiology and health) courses numbered KNH 110-170 can count toward a bachelor’s degree; no more than five semester hours can count toward an associate’s degree.
Credit More Than 10 Years Old
If your course of study is prolonged beyond 10 years, curricula changes adopted after your entrance date as a degree candidate may be required by the university, division, or department.
Students who have earned credits more than 10 years before their planned graduation date must petition to their divisional committee of advisors to validate these credits. Students are responsible for supplying course descriptions or a college catalog from those colleges previously attended.
Requirements for Graduation
All majors, minors, and degrees are listed in the General Information chapter.
An associate’s degree, generally offered only on the regional campuses, requires:
- At least 64 semester hours, including 16 hours from Hamilton or Middletown campuses (An exception to this is the Associate in Arts; see below.)
- Fulfillment of the Miami Plan for Liberal Education appropriate to your associate’s degree
- Six of your last 10 hours must be taken at Miami University
- At least a 2.00 cumulative GPA
- Fulfillment of your program requirements
- Applying for graduation whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony
If you continue your education past 64 semester hours and your GPA falls below 2.00, you can still receive an associate’s degree if your GPA was 2.00 at the time you finished 64 semester hours and your degree requirements. Your academic record will show when you have completed the requirements, and your associate’s degree will be awarded at the next commencement.
Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts in general studies is available to any Miami University student. For this degree, 32 of the required 64 semester hours must be from any Miami campus. See the program requirements in the Miami University Hamilton and Middletown section.
For a bachelor’s degree, basic requirements for graduation include:
- Fulfillment of the Global Miami Plan:
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Foundation courses 27 Thematic Sequence 9 Advanced Writing 3 (minimum) Experiential Learning 0 (minimum) Intercultural Perspectives 3 Capstone experience 3 Field (major/ courses, divisional requirements, electives) 83-86 Total Credit Hours 128
OR, for Honors students in the entering classes of 2012, and 2013, fulfillment of the Honors Plan for Liberal Education (which takes the place of the Foundation courses, Thematic Sequence, and Capstone Experience; for more information regarding the Honors Plan requirements, contact the University Honors Program at 513-529-3399).
- Of the total 128 semester hours, at least 32 must be from Miami University (any campus), including 12 of the final 20 hours required for the bachelor’s degree.
- At least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.
- If you are enrolled in an arts- professional arrangement program, in which you transfer to another university after three years, you must earn 96 Miami hours in the College of Arts and Science. In all cases, 32 of your last 40 hours must be from Miami.
- Applying for graduation whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.
Application for Graduation
To graduate, whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony, you must submit an application and pay a fee. If you earn more than one degree, you must pay a graduation fee for each. Applications for graduation are available on BannerWeb. After your application is processed, your account will be assessed the appropriate fee, and you will be billed.
You are encouraged to apply for graduation at least a semester in advance. This way, routine checks can be made in time to inform you of any problems in meeting your degree requirements.
Applications should be received no later than 30 working days before commencement.
If you apply for graduation and then do not qualify for the degree, you must notify the University Registrar's Office of the date you intend to finish your requirements. All deadlines applicable to first-time applications apply to re-applications.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
A DAR shows your completed course work and current registration matched with degree requirements of your declared major; it identifies deficiencies and lists courses to satisfy specific requirements. The report assists you, your advisor, and the university in determining your progress toward completion of your program requirements and serves as a graduation check.
Students are able to run an exploratory "What-If?" DAR.
Your DAR is available online (http://bannerweb.MiamiOH.edu/).