Students may also elect to complete a minor. Students are encouraged to complete the minor and major within 120 units. Like a major, the minor is a focused area of study; however, a minor does not require as many units. Currently, at SF State, only the Journalism major requires a minor to earn a bachelor's degree.

The following policies apply to the completion of an approved minor:

  • Duplicate Use of Credit Between Major and Minor
    Courses may count for both a major and a minor where there is a clearly stated overlap in the Bulletin requirements. While these courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both a major and a minor, the units shall be counted only once in fulfillment of the minimum units required for award of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Duplicate Use of Credit Between Minor and GE 
    No limitations.
  • Upper-Division/Residence Units 
    At least half of the units making up the minor must be taken in residence and at least 6 units must be upper-division.
  • Minimum Units 
    A minor must include a minimum of 12 units.
  • No Minor in Major 
    Students may not earn a major and a minor in the same discipline.
  • Grade Point Average 
    A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required in the minor. Some minors have additional minimum grade requirements. Consult with the department.