Declaring a Minor or Micro-Minor

Students have the option of declaring up to two minors and/or two micro-minors, but a minor or a micro-minor is not required. Not all Columbian College academic departments offer minor and micro-minor options; visit the Columbian College website to browse all minors and micro-minors in the college. In addition to minors and micro-minors, students can explore cross-school minors


How to Declare

To declare a minor or micro-minor, students must complete the Declaration of Major/Minor/Micro-Minor Form (PDF), have it signed by a faculty member in the department of the chosen major and submit it to the Undergraduate Advising Office virtually or in person at Phillips 107.

Declaration of Minor/Micro-Minor Form (PDF)

Coursework Requirements

In addition to the courses required by the department, all CCAS students must adhere to these guidelines:



  • At least one-half of the coursework required for a minor must be taken at GW.
  • Students must earn grades of at least “C-” in all upper-level courses for the minor, including any courses transferred from other institutions.
  • Courses passed with a grade below “C-” may be used to fulfill a curricular requirement in the minor, but will not be counted toward the total number of credit hours required for the minor.
  • Courses may fulfill requirements for both a major and a minor. However, some minors have restrictions on the number of courses that can double-count between the major and minor, and some minors are not allowed depending on the student's major (i.e., a student cannot minor in Criminal Justice with a Sociology major, and vice versa). Students should speak with their departmental and professional advisors for restrictions.

See GW Bulletin Guidance on Minors



  • All prerequisites for courses taken to fulfill requirements for a micro-minor must be completed before beginning the program. These prerequisites cannot be waived.
  • Students must earn grades of at least “C-” in all courses for the micro-minor.
  • Micro-minors can overlap with major or minor requirements. However, only two courses (6 credits) may count toward both the micro-minor and a student’s declared major or minor.

See GW Bulletin Guidance on Micro-Minors