Selecting A Minor
In order to graduate with a B.S. in Allied Health Science, each student is required to select a minor. You can choose any minor the University has to offer. Minor selection is your responsibility. The intent of this information sheet, coupled with academic advisement from your Major Advisor is to provide you guidance when selecting a minor.
There are a number of factors that play in the decision to choose a minor. For Allied Health Sciences, the following Tier System is intended to assist you in the selection of a minor. No one tier is better than another, they simply serve to guide you in the selection of a minor.
The primary role of any minor is to augment the user's education. How that education is augmented is based on knowing the conditions upon which a minor is selected and what can reasonably be expected as an outcome of choosing that minor.
Minors typically do not:
- Lead directly to a job in the minor area
- Prepare one to enter a given profession
Minors typically can:
- Strengthen one's overall knowledge base
- Set a foundation for life long learning
- Open career shift opportunities
The following three tier process of minor selection is intended to provide you additional consideration variable when selecting a minor in conjunction with your major.
Tier 1 Minors:
Minors selected in this tier are intended to open career shifts within the health professions arena. You should consider Tier 1 if you do not intend to go directly into a given graduate program but are still interested in working in the health arena. The Health Professions major has established articulated agreements with health related minors at Grand Valley. These minors will open career shift opportunities in the health arena. These minors are all ready listed in the undergraduate catalog in connection with your major. As additional health minors are identified, they will be added to that list. Minors selected from this category are intended to provide its users a side step into the health arena. Minors selected in this category should be done in conjunction with advice from your major advisor, the SMART Center and your minor advisor.
Tier 2 Minors:
Should you decide not to take a minor listed in Tier 1, you should consider selecting a minor that will further develop your professional skills. Taking a minor in Business can hone business skills. Taking a minor in Psychology can give you a better understanding of human behavior and what influences it. Taking a minor in Chemistry can provide you with a stronger foundation into chemicals and how chemicals effect human development. Minors in this tier strengthen one's personal knowledge but are not selected as a way of working in the health professions or in the minor. As with Tier 1, minors selected in this category should be done in conjunction with advice from your major advisor, the SMART Center and your minor advisor.
Tier 3 Minors:
Should you decide not to choose a minor in Tier 1 or 2, you should consider choosing a minor that addresses an area of personal interest. Most college students lose sight of the fact that a principal role of an undergraduate education is to broaden one's horizons. If there is a subject area you have a keen interest in and it offers a minor, give it serious consideration. The undergraduate degree is the last academic chance you will ever have to seek knowledge in a subject just because you want to. Remember, one of the principle roles of education is to broaden one's horizons. As with Tier 1 & 2, minors selected in this category should be done in conjunction with advice from your major advisor, the SMART Center and your minor advisor.
Page last modified November 21, 2011