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Minors

Fileholder: Fieke Noordam
Contact: minor@oras.nl
Last Update: August 2017, by Valérie de Vlam

Summary 

The minor possibilities in Delft are immense. As a student you can do you minor within your study (deepening or widening), but also in the form of an entrepreneurial experience, internship or minor abroad. Students can also create their own minor.

This must be a minor which has a coherent package. For most of the studies in Delft the minor takes half a year of the first semester, respectively 30EC, but the study Clinical Technology is an exception. The TU Delft organizes a central information event which supplies a lot of (online) information. In the first week of May the first application for the minor begins, with students giving up a first, second and third choice. In June, a second enrollment moment for the students is created, for them who are not submitted for their first, second and third choise.

Thanks to ORAS, there is also the opportunity to do one of the LDE Minors at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the first enrollment capacity will be released for Delft students who are wanting to do a minor at Leiden University or Erasmus University Rotterdam.

History

In February 2004, the final version of the Science and Technology Sector Plan was published. It contained a large number of plans to achieve an increase in inflows. One of these plans involves the flexibilization and widening of bachelor programs through the introduction of a major-minor system. In addition, an engineer graduated in Delft often goes to a discipline where he/she is not trained. Reasons for the TU Delft to pay attention to by introducting a minor which you can do in another discipline or a degree in your own field. Deepening of your field has never been the intention of the introduction of the major-minor.

Status

Thanks to ORAS it is since this year possible for students to enroll for 3 different minors at TU Delft. In addition, it is also possible to switch from minor in the 2nd registration period. This way, students who are not satisfied with their minor choice can still switch from the 1st registration system. However, this is a risky process. But it is important that this information is known to students.

Ideal situation 

The minor provides a good opportunity for active and motivated students to develop themselves. It makes the education more personal, influences motivation and lastly through free choice academic development arises. The underlying thought of the minor is to broaden your horizon. ORAS shares this opinion. Students must therefore have enough freedom of choice during their minor. They must have the choice to broaden or deepen, in Delft and beyond. Capacity problems with popular and unique minors should therefore be addressed.

When considering whether the minor can be shortened, ORAS believes that the minor should remain in its current form (30EC). A smaller minor will not be able to ensure sufficient widening. Furthermore, this gives the possibility of following a minor at other Dutch universities or studying study abroad.

Learn more about our vision on this topic? View our position paper about Minors!

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