New Concentration or Minor

What are Concentrations and Minors?

University Definition of 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 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.

Process for New Concentrations

If your department chair is in agreement, you will need to complete new concentration or minor request by:
  1. Log into Curriculog
  2. Select the New Proposal Icon, New Proposal icon
  3. Select the "Programs" Tab
  4. Select "Program - Concentration - NEW
  5. Select the "Start Proposal" icon start-proposal-icon to begin your proposal

 

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. Please visit our New Course Request webpage for more information.

Faculty Member and/or Department Chair originates proposal in Curriculog. Proposal then moves through the approval process as follows:
  1. Department Chair (if not the originator)
  2. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  3. College Curriculum Committee (proposal may require additional Dean/Associate Dean review if significant changes are made at this step)
  4. 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.
  5. Academic Programs and Services (Technical and Articulation Officer Review, and Director, Associate Dean or Dean approval depending on proposal)
  6. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  7. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  8. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  9. Academic Senate
  10. University President
  11. CSU Office of the Chancellor, if proposing new concentration
  12. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog
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Process for New Minors

If your department chair is in agreement, you will need to complete new concentration or minor request by:
  1. Log into Curriculog
  2. Select the New Proposal Icon, New Proposal icon
  3. Select the "Programs" Tab
  4. Select "Program - Minor - NEW"
  5. Select the "Start Proposal" icon start-proposal-icon to begin your proposal

 

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. Please visit our New Course Request webpage for more information.

Once a faculty Member and/or Department Chair originates proposal in Curriculog, the proposal then moves through the approval process as follows:
  1. Department Chair (if not the originator)
  2. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  3. College Curriculum Committee (proposal may require additional Dean/Associate Dean review if significant changes are made at this step)
  4. 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.
  5. Dean's Office Approval
  6. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review, and Director, Associate Dean or Dean approval depending on proposal)
  7. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  8. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  9. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  10. Academic Senate
  11. University President
  12. WASC Substantive Screening
  13. CSU Chancellor's Office
  14. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog
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Semester Catalog Curriculum Deadlines

New concentrations and minor Programs can only take effect in Fall Semester. Academic Programs and Services deadlines are outlined in the Master Curriculum Calendar. However, college deadlines are set earlier, so please check with your College Curriculum Coordinator for college-specific curriculum submission deadlines.