Credits Needed for Graduation by Major

See listing by major below.

The total number of course units (“c.u.,” or “credits”) needed for graduation varies between 32 and 36 depending on the number of credits required in the major. Each major specifies a certain number of credits that must be completed, but never less than 12. In addition to the major, students must normally complete 20 credits outside the major. No more than 36 credits will be required for graduation. Those whose majors require more than 16 credits may take correspondingly fewer than 20 outside the major. At least 16 of the 20 credits outside the major must be Arts and Sciences courses. (See Policies Governing Non-College Courses.)

Students who are completing more than one major must use their largest major to calculate the required graduation credits. For example, a student majoring in English (12 c.u.) and Fine Arts (16 c.u.) needs at least 36 c.u. to graduate.

MAJOR C.U. FOR THE MAJOR C.U. OUTSIDE THE MAJOR TOTAL C.U. NEEDED FOR GRADUATION

African Studies

12

20

32

Africana Studies

12

20

32

Ancient History

12

20

32

Anthropology

14

20

34

Architecture*

16

20

36

Biochemistry

18

18

36

Biological Basis of Behavior

18.5

17.5

36

Biology*

16

20

36

Biophysics

20

16

36

Chemistry

17

19

36

Cinema Studies

13

20

33

Classical Studies

12

20

32

Cognitive Science

16

20

36

Communication

14

20

34

Comparative Literature

14

20

34

Criminology

14

20

34

Earth Science*

15

20

35

East Asian Area Studies

12

20

32

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

14

20

34

Economics

12

20

32

Engineering for College Students

     

English

13

20

33

Environmental Studies

15

20

35

Fine Arts

16

20

36

French and Francophone Studies

12

20

32

Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

13

20

33

German

12.5

20

32.5

Health & Societies

14

20

34

Hispanic Studies

12

20

32

History

12

20

32

History of Art

13

20

33

Individualized Major

14

20

34

International Relations

14

20

34

Italian Studies

12

20

32

Jewish Studies

14

20

34

Latin American & Latino Studies

12

20

32

Linguistics

14

20

34

Logic, Information & Computation

17

19

36

Mathematical Economics

16

20

36

Mathematics

13

20

33

Modern Middle Eastern Studies

12

20

32

Music

15.5

20

35.5

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

14

20

34

Philosophy*

12

20

32

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

16

20

36

Physics & Astronomy*

17.5

18.5

36

Political Science

12

20

32

Psychology

13

20

33

Religious Studies

12

20

32

Romance Languages (2 Languages)

18

18

36

Science, Technology & Society

14

20

34

Slavic Languages and Literature (Russian)

12

20

32

Sociology

14

20

34

South Asia Studies

12

20

32

Theatre Arts

13

20

33

Urban Studies

14

20

34

Visual Studies

15
20
35

 

* Some concentrations in this major will require more than this number of c.u. to complete; in these cases fewer courses outside the major may be required. The total graduation requirement will remain 36 c.u.

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