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02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures

Requirements Particular to the A.B. and B.S. Degrees

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.

Concentration Policies

  1. Each A.B. or B.S. student must develop a concentration plan in consultation with a concentration advisor, who must also approve it.
  2. Course requirements for the various concentration programs range from 24 to 37 credits at the 200-level and above.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Students electing an area, interdepartmental, or special concentration may count no more than 60 credits in any one department.
  6. Students may not elect courses in a concentration plan, 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 concentration program, but all other concentration courses must be taken for a grade.
  8. 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 Concentration" below).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Concentration Programs

Students may choose a concentration from:

Afroamerican and African Studies
American Culture
Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Arts and Ideas in the Humanities (RC only)
Asian Studies
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Biopsychology and Cognitive Science
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Classical Archaeology
Classical Civilization
Classical Languages and Literatures
Communication Studies
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Creative Writing and Literature (RC only)
Drama (RC only)
Dramatic Writing
Environmental Geology

Film and Video Studies
French and Francophone Studies
General Biology
General Physics
Geological Sciences
Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
History of Art
Individual Concentration Program
Judaic Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Latino or Hispanic-American Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Near Eastern Civilizations
Organizational Studies
Plant Biology
Political Science
Russian and East European Studies
Social Anthropology
Social Science (RC only)
Theatre and Drama
Women's Studies

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.

Double Concentration

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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