With so many opportunities inside and outside the classroom, it’s common for Princeton students to wish they could do more with their time here. Minors, formerly known as certificate programs, enable students to supplement their work in their departmental concentrations with focused study in another, often interdisciplinary, field.

    How Do Minors Fit Into the Curriculum?

     

    Most minors include required courses and a senior thesis or another substantial piece of independent work. Because of the rigorous requirements, students should identify their interest in a minor early in their academic careers.

    For some students, minors provide an opportunity to pursue a special area of interest that closely complements their departmental concentration. For example, a student concentrating in history pursues a minor in African American studies or a student concentrating in psychology pursues a minor in neuroscience. For other students, minor programs provide an opportunity to pursue intellectual passions unrelated to the departmental concentration. For example, a student concentrating in physics pursues a minor in Russian language and culture or a student concentrating in electrical and computer engineering pursues a minor in musical performance.

     

    What Minors Are Offered?