Frequently Asked Questions About the Minor Program:
Q: What is "Minor"? What is not?
A: First of all Minor is not a second Major. Students who are already registered to an undergraduate program can be allowed to take courses from another program which they are interested in. This program is called "Minor".
Q: What are the benefits of joining a Minor Program?
A: The greatest benefit of Minor is the opportunity to enhance your knowledge about other disciplines that you are interested in. To give a specific example the significance of your Minor certificate will actually depend on the perspective and expectations of the employer when you apply for a job after your graduation.
Q: When will the application date, requirements, and the quota be announced?
A: All the information about the application is announced at the beginning of each academic year before the registration week; in written form on the IR bulletin board, and online at department website.
Q: How are the quota and the criteria set?
A: Department of International Relations sets all the criteria about the Minor Program.
Q: Who is eligible for application?
A: Students who are at the beginning of their earliest 3rd, latest 5th semester are eligible for application. Your CGPA must be 2,70 or over (including your F grades) at the time of application.
Q: How many courses am I supposed to take during the Minor?
A: You need to take 6 courses in total in order to complete the Minor. 4 of these are prerequisite courses. The other two are the elective ones which will be selected among the electives list specified for the Minor Program. Courses have 18 credits in total.
Q: I'm an irregular student. Can I apply for the program in the mid of the academic year?
A: Usually your application will be rejected in the mid of the year since the quota would be full at the beginning of the academic year. However if there is a change in the quota status (ie. a student quits the program) your application may be taken into account. Also you have to fulfill the requirements as well.
Q: I'm already registered to another Minor Program. Can I still apply?
A: You cannot register to more than one Minor Program during your undergraduate education.
Q: I failed one (a couple) of compulsory Minor course(s). Is it possible for me to continue the program?
A: It certainly is. However if the course you failed is a prerequisite one, you cannot take its following course. For instance a student who fails Political History I course at fall semester cannot take Political History II offered at spring semester. We also remind that the F grade you get definitely affects your cumulative Minor GPA.
Q: How long does the program take?
A: Minor continues at the end of your undergraduate education latest. It is also possible to complete the program before the undergraduate program ceases. But the Minor will be expired when your undergraduate program is finished.
Q: Do my Minor grades affect my undergraduate GPA?
A: Undergraduate and Minor are completely independent programs; they do not affect each other. All courses you have taken in your undergraduate and Minor programs are displayed seperately in your transcript.
Q: I want to quit the Minor Program. But there are Minor courses that I've failed. Do I have to retake these courses?
A: You don't have to retake the courses you've failed if you decide to quit the program. In this case the courses you've failed will be removed from your transcript by an official notice.
Q: What kind of a document will I receive at the end of the program?
A: A "Minor Certificate" is given to students who successfully complete the program.
Q: What should be my Minor GPA to receive the Minor Certificate?
A: If you are eligible to graduate from your own undergraduate program and you have a cumulative Minor GPA of 2,00 you receive the certificate.