A MINOR (additional track) is a study cycle under HSE's bachelor's programmes, which represents an educational track for students undertaken in addition to their major. A minor is included in the curriculum as the elective part of a student’s educational programme. Students choose several additional disciplines that are either related to each other or unrelated in content (the latter case is considered a free minor).
A minor is an important part of the new undergraduate study model that was launched in 2014. Unlike a ‘major’ (the combination of subjects that form a student's professional competence), a ‘minor’ represents a combination of four interrelated subjects in non-core areas of study, which are added to a student’s educational track.
For example, a student in economics can acquire additional knowledge in sociology by choosing to study the ‘Sociology’ minor, and a prospective software engineer can gain additional knowledge, skills and competencies in psychology or management by choosing to study the ‘Psychology’ or ‘Management’ minor.
Minors are offered to all undergraduate students at the end of the first year of study. Each student must choose one minor to study. The chosen minor is studied during the second and third years of undergraduate study.
Main features of the minor:
- pursued during the second and third years of undergraduate study;
- includes four subjects studied sequentially;
- each minor subject is studied in two modules;
- grants 20 credits (each subject grants 5 credits);
- part of the educational programme (credits for minor subjects are included in the 240 credits of the main programme);
- takes 1/12 part of the programme curriculum;
- selected by students in each educational programme from the general list;
- implemented by the educational programme specialized in selected minor disciplines;
- minor subjects are taken simultaneously with the core programme: a specific day for minors is assigned in the schedule.
Educational programme managers can recommend certain minors to students, but they cannot prevent students from choosing any minor from the suggested general list. The opportunity to enrol in a minor depends on the success of each student, which is based their place in the rating. Rejection of a minor may also be the student’s lack of prerequisites (i.e., certain previously studied courses required for successful minor study). For example, to choose and study the minor in Business Informatics, a student should know the basics of computer science and basic concepts of information technology. Selection criteria (prerequisites) are stated in the minor programme and on the minor webpage.
A free minor includes unrelated subjects based on the principles of liberal arts, which were widely used in US universities in the second half of the twentieth century but are now actively used in the education systems of European countries.