Majors, Minors, and Clusters
A major is the field of study a student focuses on most during undergraduate work. Majors are important because they will most likely define a student's career path after graduation. They prepare you to go on to graduate school or directly into a profession. Studying a particular field marks the beginning of career direction.
TO DECLARE OR CHANGE A MAJOR
Please speak with an advisor from Academic Advising specific to the NEW major. You can do this by phone or in person.
MAJOR CHANGE PETITION
Students need to create a grad plan whenever they wish to change their major. This is to ensure that their proposed plan is within university credit thresholds. Students will then need to review this grad plan with a peer advisor in the Advising office where the new major is housed.
A minor is a group of classes comprised of 20-25 credit hours focusing on a certain subject. A minor can extend the scope of a major by complementing a student's main course of studies with a related skill set. In fact, some majors are paired with specific minors related to their field of study.
A student could also use a minor to study something completely different than his or her declared major. For example, some students may want to play a musical instrument or learn a foreign language that would not contribute to their career plans. Choosing a minor in that instrument or language is one way to pursue their interest.
After a student researches a minor and desires to study further, he or she can declare the minor through Academic Advising specific to that field of study. Minors are only required for students with integrated majors who have chosen not to study two clusters. Education majors require an education minor.
A cluster is 12-15 credit hours of study in a specific academic discipline. A clusters can be used to extend the scope of a major by complementing a student's main course of studies, or to study something completely different than his or her declared major. For example, some students may want to play a musical instrument or learn a foreign language that would not contribute to their career plans. Choosing a cluster in that instrument or language is one way to pursue their interest.
You can choose from a list of pre-approved clusters, available in the BYU-Idaho catalog. These are recommended and have been carefully crafted by the department chairs in each discipline. Pre-approved clusters can be declared at the appropriate Satellite Advising Center.
If necessary, you can seek to create a customized cluster with the assistance of our Academic Discovery Satellite Centers. Custom clusters require paperwork, but are also filed at the appropriate Satellite Advising Center.We recommend that you visit the Satellite Advising Center over the discipline you would like to study in your cluster. For example, if you would like to declare a cluster in art you would do this at the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advising Center. Click here to find a digital version of the custom cluster approval form.
Clusters are not required for every major and are not allowed in some. Please look at your major requirements to assess whether clusters are an option. Most commonly, if a major is Integrated and allows for open minor selection, two clusters may be chosen in place of a minor. Students pursuing clusters usually have varied academic interests and appreciate the opportunity to study in more than one area. Also, students pursuing graduate school often use clusters to meet admission course requirements of their intended program.
If you have questions about majors, minors or clusters, please contact Academic Advising that is over the program for which you have questions.