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List of Recommended Courses for Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences / Maxwell

In order to guide students in the pursuit of their major, we have created a list of courses that outlines each department's recommendation of the appropriate course (or courses) that first year students should take as an introduction to a specific major.

All matriculated students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs come to Syracuse with an intended major, or as an undeclared/exploratory student. By the end of their sophomore year (or before they earn 60 credits), each student will need to officially declare a major. Before that time, we recommend that students see if the major they have shown an interest in is actually the direction they want to pursue.

The Integrated Learning Majors (ILM) cannot be completed alone; they are integrated into a BA/BS with another primary major.

Recommended Course List
Department Required Courses Additional Courses

African American Studies

AAS 112 or AAS 231

Anthropology

ANT 111, ANT 141 or ANT 145

Applied Mathematics

At least two of the courses MAT 295, MAT 296, MAT 397, MAT 331, and MAT 375, according to math placement and AP Calculus credit.

Students with AP credit for 295 and/or 296 enter the calculus sequence 295-296-397 at a higher level unless their math placement exam is weak.

Art History

HOA 105

Biochemistry

BIO 121, MAT 285 or MAT 295, CHE 106/107,

CHE 109/129 (Honors)

CHE 275 and either BIO 326 or 327 (If entering with AP or external credit)

Biology

BIO 121, MAT 285 or MAT 295, CHE 106/107

Biotechnology

BIO 121, CHE 106/107, MAT 285 or MAT 295

Chemistry

CHE 106/107 or CHE 109/129 and MAT 295

Citizenship & Civic Engagement

MAX 123 or MAX 132

Any entry level course (100-200 level) in any Maxwell Department

Classics

Latin Emphasis- LAT 101, 102, or 201

Greek Emphasis- GRE 101, 102, or 201

(level based on placement exam results)

LIT 101

Classical Civilization

Latin Emphasis- LAT 101, 102, or 201

Greek Emphasis- GRE 101, 102, or 201

(level based on placement exam results)

LIT 101, HST 210 or 310

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD 212

BIO 121, MAT 121, or

PSY 205

Earth Sciences

 EAR 105/104, EAR 203, or EAR 110

CHE 106/107

Economics

ECN 101

see BA or BS track below

BA Economics Track

MAT 194 or MAT 284 (level based on placement exam results)

 

BS Economics Track

MAT 295 or MAT 296 (level based on placement exam results)

 

English and Textual Studies

Any 100-level ENG course except ENG 107

Courses highly recommended include
ENG 114, ENG 118, ENG 121, ENG 151, ENG 153, ENG 154, ENG 170, and ENG 174

Energy and Its Impacts (ILM)

PHY 101, CHE 103, or CHE 106/107

And/or

ECN 203 or GEO 103

And/or

BIO 121 or EAR 110

Please enter the required course that aligns with area of interest.

Ethics (ILM)

ANT185 or PHI 192 or WGS/SOC 230

Please enter the required course that aligns with area of interest.

Fine Arts

HOA 105

HOM 165

Forensic Science (ILM)

Please enter the required course that aligns with area of interest.

French and Francophone Studies

FRE Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam:

FRE 101,102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

 

Geography

GEO 103, 155, or 171

GEO 108

German Language, Literature and Culture

GER Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

GER 101,102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

GER 202 and above for major

History

Any of the three foundation areas, depending on interest:

HST 101-102;
HST 111-112;
HST 121-122;
HST 210,211

Language Requirement

History of Architecture

HOA 105

ARC 133

International Relations

PSC 124 or PSC 139 (Honors), ECN 203, ANT 185

or MAX 132

Language Requirement

Italian Language, Literature, and Culture

ITA Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

ITA 101,102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

Latino-Latin American Studies

SPA Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam:

SPA 101,102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

Linguistics

LIN 201 or LIN 202

LIN 251
Language Requirement

Mathematics

At least two of the courses MAT 295, MAT 296, MAT 397, MAT 331, and MAT 375, according to math placement and AP Calculus credit.

Students with AP credit for 295 and/or 296 enter the calculus sequence 295-296-397 at a higher level unless their math placement exam is weak.

Middle Eastern Studies

HEB 101 or PRS 101 or TRK 101 or ARB 101

JSP 135, REL 135, or REL 165

Modern Foreign Language

Language course (FRE, GER, ITA, RUS, or SPA) at appropriate level according to placement exam.
Students complete this major with the study of two languages that have an existing major.

 

 

Modern Jewish Studies

REL/JSP 114 or REL/JSP 131 or REL/JSP 135

HEB language course at appropriate level

Music History and Cultures

HOM 267

HOM 165 or 195

MTC 145

Neuroscience (ILM)

PSY 205

Please enter the required course that aligns with area of interest

Philosophy

PHI 251

Physics

PHY 211 (Mechanics), PHY 221 (Mechanics Laboratory)

MAT 295 (Calculus I)

Policy Studies

PST 101

MAX 123 or ECN 203, PST 110

Political Philosophy

PHI 107, PHI 175, PHI 192

PSC 125

Political Science

PSC 121 or another 100-level introductory PSC course

MAX 123 and MAX 132

Psychology

PSY 205

Statistics course: MAT 121 or MAT 221 or PSY 252 (level based on placement exam results)

Religion

Any REL 100 or 200-level course, except REL 101

Russian and Central European Studies

GER or POL or RUS or TRK Language Course at appropriate level according to placement exam

Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

RUS Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

RUS 101, 102, 201, 202 or 300-level course

RUS 202 and above for major

Sociology

SOC 101

Spanish Language, Literature and Culture

SPA Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam:

SPA 101, 102, 201, 202 or 300-level

SPA 202 and above for major; SPA 301

Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 101, 201

Writing and Rhetoric

WRT 105, 205, WRT 255 (prereq: WRT 105 and WRT 205)