University Definition of a Concentration:
A concentration is a prescribed pathway through a major, which allows for emphasis on a particular segment of the discipline. Not all majors have formal concentrations. Some majors with formal concentrations require students to select a concentration whereas others do not.
From the CSU Office of the Chancellor: To ensure the integrity of degree programs, each approved degree title is to be associated with only one set of curricular requirements. Requirements in addition to the core curriculum may be achieved through use of a subprogram (an option, concentration, or special emphasis), as noted in Executive Order 1071
. The program core shall represent the majority of required units so that the program's major core curriculum and associated student learning outcomes related to the core can be achieved by all enrolled students, regardless of subprogram pursued.
University Definition of a Minor:
A minor is a coherent program in some field or group of related fields other than a student's major. Minors range in size from 15-30 semester units, at least 9 of which must be upper division. No student is required to have a minor, so it will not appear on the student's record or diploma unless they request it. The minimum grade point average for a minor is 2.00, so students must take at least one course on the A-F grading pattern. At least 9 units must be taken at Cal State East Bay a minor to be recognized on the student's diploma and/or permanent record. Courses in a minor may be double-counted in G.E. However, at least 9 semester units of a minor must not be double-counted in the discipline of the major for Cal State East Bay to recognize the minor.
Request for Approval of a New Concentration or Minor
To a new concentration or minor, you will first need to discuss your plans with your department chair. If your department chair is in agreement, you will need to complete a request for revision by logging into Curriculog
and selecting the Start a new proposal link to initiate the approval process. Any new course proposals required for the new concentration or minor program must be submitted with the program proposal (or prior to the submission of the proposal) in order for the proposal to continue on to the Senate committees’ review/approval process.
All new concentrations or minors must also receive approval from the Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR), Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC), the Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR), the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the Academic Senate, and the President of the University. New concentrations require additional approval from the CSU Office of the Chancellor.
New concentrations and minor Programs can only take effect in Fall Semester. See the Master Curriculum Calendar
for catalog curriculum deadlines. College deadlines are earlier than those set by Academic Programs and Services. Always check with your College Curriculum Coordinator for college-specific curriculum submission deadlines.
Process for Approval of Request for a New Concentration or Minor
Faculty Member and/or Department Chair originates proposal in Curriculog. Proposal then moves through the approval process as follows:
- Department Chair (if not the originator)
- Dean and/or Associate Dean
- College Curriculum Committee (proposal may require additional Dean/Associate Dean review if significant changes are made at this step)
- Academic Programs and Services (Technical and Articulation Officer Review, and Director, Associate Dean or Dean approval depending on proposal)
- Consultation (Newly approved curriculum reviewed by all Department Chairs and Associate Deans. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit any comments within Curriculog.) If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to next step.
- Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
- Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
- Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
- Academic Senate
- University President
- CSU Office of the Chancellor, if proposing new concentration
- University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog