By Natalie Woods
Finally, overachieving Stonehill students can now add the one thing they have all been begging for: a double minor.
Assistant Dean and Registrar John Pestana announced in an email sent Oct. 22 that students can now declare two minors.
Double minors may be chosen to narrow a field of interest in a student’s major, or simply just for personal interest. Starting with the class of 2019, a 2.0 minimum must be maintained for the minor to be completed.
Students appear to be pleased with the news.
“I think it’s awesome. I know that …Stonehill has so many different avenues academically. The fact that they’re doing more to support people is one of the best assets of what they offer here, and it extends off that on top of interdisciplinary to do two minors to just broaden their perspective of what they want to do. I like the fact that you’re supported to do what you want to do here,” interdisciplinary major Adrian Frattini ‘16 said.
Frattini said he thinks students will benefit from this new opportunity.
“There are certain subjects that are just minors and they may want to take that in addition to other stuff just to kind of broaden the curriculum they’re studying,” he said.
First-year Lauren Wallace thinks the double minor initiative is a great idea.
“It allows people to study more fields that are interesting to them. It lets students with multiple interests pursue them with recognition,” she said.
“I’m sure there is a good reason because minoring takes up less time and classes than double majoring,” said Michaela Lake ‘16.
Senior Courtney Grey is still confused as to why minoring in psychology is no longer an option.
“That makes no sense…. it’s not even an option in The Hill Book anymore,” she said. All years starting after 2016 can declare double minors.
“I can see why they would exclude seniors from it, be-cause it’s not really practical to try to have another minor in one semester, unless you already have it mostly done and you just hadn’t declared a second minor because it wasn’t possible before,” Lake said.
The new addition to the curriculum comes with some restrictions, however.
“Generally, a minor consists of at least 18 credits and ensures that a student pursues an area of study in some breadth and depth beyond the introductory level and outside of the major. Because a minor must have breadth and depth, 50 percent of the credits required for a minor must not fulfill any other major or minor program requirements in which a student is enrolled,” Pestana said.
Additionally, departments can restrict certain major/minor and double minor combinations,” Pestana said in an email sent to the community. Although there are some restrictions, double minoring does come with some freedom to customize a program to fit a student’s individual interests.
“Students may also create their own Interdisciplinary Minor. Interdisciplinary Minors give students the opportunity to explore, in some depth, a well-defined question or topic beyond the major. Students interested in pursuing an Interdisciplinary minor should contact Professor Peter Ubertaccio, the Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs for details,” Pastana said.