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From Contemporary Art to Gender Studies: Minors Selected by HSE Students This Year

The most recent campaign to select minors has drawn to a close at HSE University. Over 20 programmes will be launched for the first time. More information on this year’s most popular minors and how students made their selections can be found below.

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In the new academic year, the Moscow campus will launch 49 out of the proposed 58 minors, which is a record number over the project’s five-year history. At the Perm campus, only one out of seven of the proposed minors did not open, and in Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg, all of the programmes suggested for selection will be launched. The full list of minors that will open for students in September is available in the catalogue (in Russian).

For the third time, HSE has used an algorithm to distrubute students across minors that allows students to rank their preferences and gives advantage to the students who lead the HSE rankings after the first semester.

Some of the proposed minors were exceptionally popular with first-year students. Apart from traditionally sought-after programmes like Intellectual Data Analysis, Media & Mass Communications, Urbanism, and Contemporary Art by the Garage Museum, the minors in greatest demand include several newly introduced ones: Gender Studies, Integrated Communications and Bioinformatics. In addition to the Start-up from Scratch minor, the list of most popular programmes this year also includes Introduction to Theatre.

Competition for minors by general number of applications

Moscow  St. Petersburg  Nizhny Novgorod   Perm

HSE students build minors into their study trajectories in different ways. For some, a minor is an opportunity to develop their skills in an area related to their major. For example, more than 25% of students in the Language and Literature of Iran programme have chosen International Relations as an additional study track.

For others, minors are an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice. For example, one out of five first-year math students has chosen the minor in Applied Economics.

Some students have decided to add variety to the expertise they are acquiring: 13.5% of politics students will study Applied Statistical Analysis, and 13.2% of physics students are opting for Management.

A memorable feature of the recent campaign was that students themselves actively spread the word about minors. STUDLIFE launched a series of news items about the expectations and impressions of students who had taken minors, and the Student Council presented a summary analysis on different study areas.

Students who missed the deadlines to apply for minors can contact their programme managers and choose a programme that still has open slots. Otherwise, they will be enrolled in a minor at the discretion of the academic supervisor of their degree programme.

Students who attend the first classes in the new academic year and decide that they are interested in a different area of study will have an opportunity to change their minor during the first two weeks of September. To do so, they will need to obtain support from both their ‘home’ programme academic supervisor and the organizers of their desired minor. More information about enrolment for late-comers and changing minors is available here (in Russian).

April 26