- allow you to build a minor in subjects that interest you, with the help of your academic advisors
This diversity in subject matter enables you to develop an understanding of topics that interest you and creatively study subjects that do not quite fit within the traditional minors and majors.
You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Interdisciplinary Minor if you
- are self-motivated
- enjoy working independently and creatively
- are analytical and organized in your thought process
Students at Belmont Abbey College have the opportunity to pursue a course of study in fields outside of the major and other traditional majors/minors.
- In consultation with both your minor advisor and your major advisor, you may construct an interdisciplinary minor.
- The chosen courses will be organized around a coherent theme.
- An Interdisciplinary minor centered around your personal interests opens up to you the career of your choice.
The Abbey Difference:
Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions. The Interdisciplinary Minor fosters students’ interests in a variety of disciplines, promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to their course of study, and reveals the ways in which such integration is fundamental to the Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts tradition. As we see in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, interdisciplinary studies enable students to “develop a continuing desire for intellectual progress,” to grow in faith, and to become more aware of the dignity of human life, motivating them to work for God’s glory and for the benefit of their neighbor.
Program Requirements: Interdisciplinary Minor
Students wishing to pursue an interdisciplinary minor must do the following.
- Obtain a minor advisor, typically a full-time member of the faculty from one of the disciplines included in the minor. This advisor will assist the student with issues pertaining to the interdisciplinary minor.Submit a one-page statement of interest describing the student’s motivation, intended coursework, and the unifying theme of the chosen courses. This statement of interest must be approved by the minor advisor, the student’s major advisor, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Approved statements of interest will be submitted to the Registrar; completed minors at the time of graduation will be noted on the final transcript.
- Complete no fewer than five courses and no more than seven courses in the minor. There may not be more than one course in the minor that is in the core curriculum or that is required by the student’s major; if applicable, this course must be at the 200-level or above.
- Choose courses in at least two different academic disciplines for the minor.Select a maximum of two lower-division (100 or 200-level) courses for the minor.
- Complete and file the application for the minor with the Registrar before the final semester of study.
- Seek approval from the minor advisor, the major advisor, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for any exceptions to the course stipulations mentioned above.
Submit an integrative paper (after all coursework for the minor has been completed) of at least one page that highlights the cross disciplinary linkages relevant to the theme of the minor.
- Deliver the integrative paper to the minor advisor and to an appropriate second reader chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.
- NOTE: Integrative papers will be graded on a pass/fail basis. The minor advisor will notify the Registrar when all requirements (including successful completion of the integrative paper) for the interdisciplinary minor have been satisfied.