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Supplemental Studies


The College does not sanction supplemental studies offered by LSA departments. On the other hand, the College will consider supplemental studies offered by non-LSA departments or programs. Undergraduate supplemental studies can provide opportunities for LSA students to develop additional experience and skills to complement their major(s) or minor(s).

Each A.B., B.S., B.S.-Chem., or B.G.S. student may complete one or more supplemental studies programs approved by the College. Electing to earn supplemental studies is optional, and there is no limit to the number of supplemental studies a student may elect. Supplemental studies, along with their requirements and other pertinent information, are described in detail on this page.

Supplemental studies must require no fewer than nine credits of course work, show structure and coherence, and contain some upper-level courses. Students who declare and complete approved supplemental studies will receive a notation on their student transcript but not on their diploma. 

Policies for Supplemental Studies

Effective Winter 2014  |  Previous Requirements

  1. Each A.B., B.S., or B.G.S. student may complete one or more supplemental studies program.
  2. Each student who wishes to complete a supplemental studies program must develop a plan in consultation with a program advisor.
  3. After developing a plan with the student, the program or department advisor has the supplemental studies program entered on the student's record.
  4. An individually designed supplemental studies program is not allowed.
  5. Students may not elect courses included in a supplemental studies program using the pass/fail grading option.
  6. A department or program may include experiential or directed reading/independent study courses that are graded on a credit/no credit basis in a supplemental studies program, but all other courses in the supplemental studies program must be taken for a grade.
  7. No course may be shared between the requirements of two supplemental studies programs, between a major and a supplemental studies program, or between a minor and a supplemental studies program.
  8. One course may be shared between the B.G.S. upper-level credits requirement and a supplemental studies program.
  9. Advanced Placement (AP) credits may not be used to meet the requirements of a supplemental studies program.
  10. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the required courses in the supplemental studies program.
  11. Courses elected to meet the requirements of a supplemental studies program also may be part of the student's area distribution plan.
  12. Courses that are part of a supplemental studies program may also meet the Language Requirement, the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race & Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
  13. Students may not complete a supplemental studies program after graduation, and a supplemental studies program may not be converted to an academic minor after graduation.

List of Supplemental Studies Programs