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What it minimally takes for a Math department to develop a minor program in Statistics? Do the department require to have a major in area X to have a X minor?

Edit: How many courses at minimum does the department need to have a minor in Stats. I see many departments requires students to take 5-6 Stats class to have a minor in Stats, so I thought if a department offers 5-6 Stats classes, can they develop a minor in Stats in general? Are there any common rules one needs to follow to create a Stats minor, or any minor in general?

  • I think some context here would be incredibly useful. Are you a student? Professor? TA? Something else? – Dave Kanter Dec 16 '15 at 22:02
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    If your real question is the last sentence - "Can a department offer a minor in X and not a major in X" - the answer is "There are some departments that offer a minor in a subject in which they do not offer a major." But the titular question is not answerable given the level of detail you've provided. – ff524 Dec 16 '15 at 22:20
  • Although on hold because it is unclear... the answer is "a lot!" It would take the prolonged work of several people competent in an area to develop a coherent minor program that is presentable. This kind of thing cannot be an afterthought. There might be an issue of accreditation, too. And "statistics" can sometimes be an eminently practically-oriented field, so your students would be expected to really do things, not just have a piece of paper! Your faculty would need to know... or be willing to hire several statisticians! No trivial answer here. – paul garrett Dec 16 '15 at 23:00
  • Every university is different. – JeffE Dec 17 '15 at 18:53
  • @paulgarrett I share your assumption that this is a professor asking but I'm not entirely sure. Mostly because if it is a professor then why ask here? – Dave Kanter Dec 17 '15 at 19:33
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Other than my "context" comment above, this standard simply will not be the same at all schools. Your best bet is to ask your department dean/chair who will either know the answer or where to find the answer.

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