Minors and undergraduate certificates

Minors and certificates are available to currently enrolled students pursuing a bachelor's degree in a variety of academic disciplines. Students pursuing an associate degree may pursue only certificates simultaneously. Students can explore Degree Search for more information on and enrollment requirements for available minors and certificates, as well as request to add one to their program of study.


A minor is an approved, coherent concentration of academic study in a single discipline, involving substantially fewer hours of credit than a corresponding major. Most ASU colleges offer undergraduate minors in addition to majors.

Current ASU students seeking a bachelor's degree may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Minors require students to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, of which, at least nine must be from upper-division courses.

Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

A student pursuing a second baccalaureate degree in the same discipline as a minor previously conferred by ASU will have that minor removed from the original academic record upon completion of the second degree.

Undergraduate certificates

With the exception of special programs, undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding a baccalaureate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Undergraduate certificates require students to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, of which, at least 12 must be from upper-division courses, and a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or higher is required for all upper-division certificate courses.

The Pathways for the Future program offers upskilling options through select ASU certificate programs for professionals without a bachelor’s degree.