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Policies for the Major (Effective through Fall 2015)

Effective Through Fall 2015

  1. Each A.B. or B.S. student must develop a major plan in consultation with a department advisor, who must also approve it.
  2. Course requirements for the various majors range from 24 to 48 credits at the 200-level and above.
  3. No more than 60 credits in a major (including courses in one department and the required cognates) may be counted toward the 120 for the degree. When an academic department has two or more SUBJECTs (e.g., Anthropology, Romance Languages and Literatures), a student may count a total of 60 credits from that department, not from each SUBJECT.
  4. No more than 60 credits in one language (other than English) may be counted in the 120 required for a degree. However, the 60 credit limit on courses elected in one major may be exceeded when the excess credits have been used to meet the language requirement.
  5. Students electing an area, interdepartmental, or special major may count no more than 60 credits in any one department.
  6. Students may not elect courses in a major, including required cognates, using the Pass/Fail grading option.
  7. A department or program may include Experiential or Directed Reading/Independent Study courses that are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis in its major, but all other courses in the the major must be taken for a grade.
  8. A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
  9. No course may be shared between the requirements a major and a supplemental studies program.
  10. No course from the department of a major or a required course in a major may be part of a distribution plan (see, however, Double Major).
  11. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in courses taken in the major. This includes all courses taken in the department of the major (prerequisites, required courses, and electives) and any required cognates. Exceptions for specific majors are listed at their department site.
  12. Courses that are part of the student's major may also meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race & Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
  13. Effective in Fall 2004, students graduating with an Honors plan are required to earn an overall GPA of 3.4. Individual departments may have higher GPA requirements for courses in their majors. Check Honors major guidelines in individual departments listed in the Academics and Requirements section of the LSA website.