Students often enter college with the goal of obtaining a degree in a specific area of study, such as education or accounting. Choosing a major is the first course of business, as this choice dictates which classes students will need to take. A minor, according to Penn State University, is an academic program that supplements the major. For a minor degree, students need to earn 18 or more credits from that program, as explained by Northern Illinois University and Penn State.

Minor Degree Course

A course for a minor degree is a class from the program of study in which the student has chosen to minor. Students can choose courses that will supplement their major. For example, a student who majors in secondary education can minor in a specific subject area, such as biology, and choose courses that will enhance her ability to teach high school biology. A student majoring in business administration and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation could choose courses in a specific area depending on what's most relevant to the student's career goals. For example, Penn State's entrepreneurship and innovation minor includes a new media cluster with classes covering media production, distribution skills, laws and ethic. Academic advisers can help students choose the best minor degree courses to meet their needs.

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