“Major/Minor” in a bachelor’s degree at the university

La Rochelle Université organises its Bachelor’s degree courses around the “minor/major” system, giving students the opportunity to personalize their training.

What are the different courses available ?

Disciplinary minor: deepening your major discipline or opening up to another discipline

A disciplinary minor is a minor whose discipline is included in the major course offering. As an in-depth study, it follows on from the student’s major, allowing him or her to specialize. By choosing a disciplinary minor that differs from the major, students are introduced to the skills of another discipline and open up their training path.


You are in the Life Sciences major. You have two choices:

  • Deepening: you specialize in the discipline by choosing the Life Sciences minor.
  • Openness: if you want to open up to the legal dimension, you can opt for the Legal Culture minor.

A thematic minor: opening the door to a new theme

These minors allow you to explore a specific theme. Students have the opportunity to color their training path according to their aptitudes and career plans.

Possible thematic minors:

  • Political Science
  • Arts
  • Environment
  • Korean languages and cultures
  • Learn Chinese to go further

Example: You’re a History major and you’ve chosen a Political Science minor.

A professional minor: discovering a professional sector and developing a professional culture

These minors enable students to acquire a professional coloring oriented towards business fields and to benefit from cross-disciplinary training in corporate cultures. They strike a balance between theory, input from professionals and site visits. The trades chosen correspond to employment needs or targeted further studies.

Possible choices :

  • Port and maritime economics
  • Railway professions
  • Teaching professions – school teacher
  • Tourism in the face of social and environmental change
  • Entrepreneurship

Example: you’re a law major and would like to learn more about maritime law. The Port and Maritime Economics minor could be just what you’re looking for.

A European minor within the framework of the EU-CONEXUS alliance: opening up by adding a European dimension to the themes of Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability.

The minors focus on cross-cultural issues, the environment and economy of the urban coastline, and environmental transition. Students work with students from nine European countries.

Possible choices :

  • Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism
  • Blue Economy and Growth

ATTENTION: Not all minors are accessible according to major or project: some are selective (limited number of registrants) and others are only accessible to specialists in a given discipline. Admission requirements will be announced in the first semester.


We answer your questions !

How to apply ?

1styear students must contact the administration office (scolarité)of their disciplinary field to enrol in the minor of their choice.

I chose the wrong “minor”

You can change your mind and take an intensive disciplinary course (major and minor in the same discipline). You just need to indicate your new choice when you enrol.

How long is the “minor” ?

The “minor” runs all the way through the bachelor’s degree, from semester 2 to semester 6. This makes you multi-skilled and gives you a bi-disciplinary degree.

Which disciplinary field will be shown on my degree certificate if I choose a different “minor” to my “major” ?

Your certificate will indicate your “major”. If you follow a Law “major” with a Management “minor”, you will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Law.

When can I go back to a mono-disciplinary Bachelor ?

You can take the “minor” of your “major” at the end of every semester.

Can I change “minor” ?

During your Bachelor, you can return to the minor of your major to validate an intensive mono-disciplinary degree.

What are the ECTS credits for a “minor” ?

“Minor’ ECTS credits have the same value as the “major” credits. If you change your “minor”, the ECTS acquired previously still count toward your degree.