The Guilford curriculum features interdisciplinary and disciplinary minors that provide coherent plans of study for students with special interests apart from their majors or who wish to pursue further study related to the major. Minors normally consist of four courses.
All students except for double majors, or triple majors, who are not required to take a minor, must complete a minimum of one major and one minor. They must take at least 48 credit hours to meet this requirement: at least 32 discrete credits for the major and at least 16 discrete credits for the minor. The discrete credits counting in the major are not allowed to count in the minor and the discrete credits counting in the minor are not allowed to count in the major. In the case where a student wishes to use a single course to fulfill requirements for both a major and a minor, s/he may do so as long as the 48-hour minimum is maintained (this may require taking additional courses).
There are two restrictions on choosing a minor in relationship to majors:
- Students cannot choose a minor that has the same name as their major. For example, English majors cannot choose an English minor.
- Students cannot satisfy the minor requirement with a minor that has a note in its catalog description prohibiting students from combining this minor with a chosen major. For example, the forensic science minor description prohibits students from combining this minor with the forensic biology major.
(E = Also offered as evening minor)