Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation
Requirements Particular to the A.B. and
By the end of the sophomore year, students should
have met the language requirement, made substantial progress
toward completing an area distribution plan, and completed prerequisites
for a concentration.
The concentration requirement provides the opportunity
to acquire in-depth knowledge in one academic discipline while
developing and refining skills that will serve students in a
wide array of academic and non-academic endeavors.
Students normally declare a concentration during
the second term of the sophomore year. To declare a concentration,
a student should contact the appropriate department and make
an appointment with a concentration advisor. After developing
a concentration plan with the student, the concentration advisor
has the concentration entered on the student's record.
A student may change the concentration plan with
the approval of the concentration advisor.
Students may change concentrations after meeting
with a concentration advisor in a different department.
- Each A.B. or B.S. student must develop a concentration
plan in consultation with a concentration advisor, who must also
- Course requirements for the various concentration programs
range from 24 to 37 credits at the 200-level and above.
- No more than 60 credits in a concentration (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.
- No more than 60 credits in one language may be
counted in the 120 required for a degree. However, the 60 credit
limit on courses elected in one concentration may be exceeded
when the excess credits have been used to meet the language requirement.
- Students electing an area, interdepartmental, or special concentration may count no more than 60 credits in
any one department.
- Students may not elect courses in a concentration
plan, including required cognates, using the Pass/Fail grading
- A department or program may include Experiential
or Directed Reading/Independent Study courses that are graded
on a Credit/No Credit basis in its concentration program, but
all other concentration courses must be taken for a grade.
- No course from the department of concentration
or a required course in a concentration plan may be part of a
distribution plan (see, however, "Double
- A student must earn an overall GPA of at least
2.0 in courses taken in the field of concentration. This includes
all courses taken in the department of concentration (prerequisites, required courses, and electives) and any required cognates. Exceptions
for specific concentrations are in Chapter VI.
- Courses that are part of the student's concentration plan
may also meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race &
Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
Students may choose a concentration from:
and African Studies
Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Arts and Ideas in the Humanities
and Cognitive Science
Cell and Molecular
Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Languages and Literatures
Creative Writing and Literature
Drama (RC only)
and Francophone Studies
and Jewish Cultural Studies
and Caribbean Studies
or Hispanic-American Studies
and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Eastern and North African Studies
East European Studies
Social Science (RC only)
Individual Concentration Program
Students with academic interests outside existing
concentration programs may propose their own field of concentration
and, on approval, elect the Individual Concentration Program
which is described in Chapter VI.
A student electing a double concentration must
meet all requirements for both concentrations. Courses, including
cognates, elected as part of one concentration plan may be used,
when appropriate, to satisfy the requirements of the second concentration.
Courses from one the concentrations may be used toward distribution.
Each concentration plan must be developed in consultation with
and approved by a concentration advisor.
See "Graduation Procedures" below concerning
double concentration graduation policies.
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