Credits Needed for Graduation by Major

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

Students who are completing more than one major must use their largest major to calculate the number of course units required for graduation. For example, a student majoring in English (12 c.u.) and Fine Arts (16 c.u.) needs no more than 36 c.u. to graduate.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some concentrations within a given major will require additional course units from what is listed below. See the Penn Catalog for details. The total number of course units needed for graduation with a single major will never exceed 36. 

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 & Media 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
Earth Science (Paleobiology) 18.5 17.5 36
East Asian Area Studies 12 20 32
East Asian Languages & Civilizations 14 20 34
Economics 12 20 32
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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 (Humanistic Philosophy) 16 20 36
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
Russian & Eastern European Studies 12 20 32
Science, Technology & Society 14 20 34
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