A minor is a group of courses that constitutes a limited focus or emphasis in a given academic discipline (field of study) or program outside a student’s chosen major or degree program. A minor is not a degree program or major. Students with one major may pursue one minor only. All AUK minor programs consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours, at least 9 credit hours of which must be taken in residence at AUK. No more than 9 credit hours earned from the major or general education requirements may apply towards any one minor. Specific course requirements for minors are noted under the requirements for the degree programs. Students must consult their advisors about the procedure for declaring a minor.

Forms for “Degree Program, Major, and/or Minor Declaration Request” are available on the Office of the Registrar webpage of the AUK website under Student Forms.

Completion Of A Minor

Each course in the minor requires a final grade of “C” or better. Failure to maintain the required minimum GPA of 2.00 may result in the student being decertified from the minor. Courses required for the minor that receive grades lower than “C” must be repeated, or an equivalent course taken to satisfy the specific minor requirements. The minor will be noted on the student’s transcript. It does not appear on the diploma. Students’ minor catalog year must be the same as their major catalog year.

Scholarship students may not seek a minor unless within their scholarship major’s limited credit hours, or the total of 124 (144 for CPEG/ELEG majors) required credit hours; otherwise, the student is financially liable for any additional credit hours.

Undergraduate Certificates

The undergraduate certificate may be pursued by non-degree seeking students as well as students completing a specific program, such as the Gulf Studies Program. Undergraduate certificates are available on request to a student who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours toward a certificate program in residence at the American University of Kuwait. The student must have a grade of “C” or higher for each course in the certificate and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.



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