Majors, Minors & Degree Requirements
Tracking Your Degree Progress
Special and Combined Majors
To request changes to already-approved special or combined majors, submit the Petition for Changes to a Combined or Special Major form.
A minor is not required. If you decide to pursue a minor, submit this form to the Registrar’s Office once all of the courses are "in progress" or completed, or, no later than March 1 of your senior year.
Once completed, minors will appear on Barnard transcripts but not on diplomas.
Departments offering minors can be found here. If a minor is not on this list, it is not an option.
At least five courses (three must be Barnard or Columbia courses) totaling at least 15 credits. Each course must be 3 credits or more.
Requirements depend on the minor chosen; courses are selected in consultation with the department chair. See department website for further info.
Courses for the major and minor may not overlap. (The minor department chair can request an exception to this policy for a maximum of two overlapping courses if the minor requires more than 18 credits, the major requires more than 40 credits, and the overlapping courses are required for both.)
All applicable courses must be letter-graded A+ to C-. Any previous P's in courses required for the minor will be converted when the minor is put on the transcript.
Courses for the minor may also be used for general education requirements.
Barnard diplomas are signed by both the Barnard College President and the Columbia University President and carry the official seals of both institutions. The diploma lists the degree earned (Bachelor of Arts) and any Latin honors received (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude). Majors, minors, and departmental graduation honors appear on the Barnard transcript but not on the diploma.
Diplomas are sent approximately 8 weeks after the degree is awarded.
A lost or damaged diploma will be replaced for a $30 fee (payable by check to Barnard College) when you submit a notarized request containing the information below. If possible, please enclose the damaged diploma along with your application.
In your request, please indicate your name as it appeared on the original diploma, as well as your date of graduation, any graduation (Latin) honors you received, and explain what happened to the original diploma. Also include an address and phone number to which we can send the replacement diploma (no P.O. boxes); diplomas are sent via Federal Express and require someone to sign for the delivery.
Replacement diplomas are ordered with the order for our next graduating class (February, October or May) and usually takes 4 - 6 weeks to return from the printer.
Note: A replacement diploma is not the same as an original. A replacement diploma is printed with the original graduation date, but with the current Presidents’ signatures. It also includes a notation that this is a replacement of the original document.