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Recommended Course List for Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences

All students joining the College of Arts and Sciences may have an idea of what they want to major in and may have indicated a specific interest on their admission application. Before the end of their sophomore year (or before they earn 60 credits) they will need to officially declare a major. However, before that time, we recommend that students see if the major you are interested in is actually the direction you want to go. We have therefore created the list of courses below that each department recommends first year students take as an introduction to that specific major.

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 Recommended Courses

African American Studies

AAS/ANT 112, AAS 231 or AAS 232

Anthropology

ANT 111, ANT 131, 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 (Fall) and HOA 106 (Spring)

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 and or MAX 132

Any entry level course in any Maxwell Department

Classics

Latin Emphasis- LAT 101, 102, and 201

Greek Emphasis- GRE 101, 102, and 201

LIT 101, 102

Classical Civilization

Two courses must come from the courses taught within the Classics program (those with the prefixes LAT, GRE, and LIT)

LAT 101, 102, 201;

GRE 101, 102, 201;

HST 210, 310; LIT

101, 102; PHI 111;

REL 205, 206

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD 212, CSD 315 (prereq: CSD 212)

BIO 121, MAT 121,

PSY 205

Earth Sciences

EAR 110-210

EAR 203-210

EAR 105/104-210

*One of the above sequences

Economics

ECN 101

BA Economics Track

MAT 194 or MAT 284

ECN 301, ECN 302

BS Economics Track

MAT 295 or MAT 296

ECN 311, ECN 302

English and Textual Studies

Any 100-level course and have it count toward their major EXCEPT ETS 107

Courses highly recommended include ETS 114,

ETS 118, ETS 121,

ETS 151, ETS 153,

ETS 154, ETS 170,

and ETS 174

Energy and Its Impacts (ILM)

PHY 101 or CHE 103 or CHE 116

And/or

ECN 203 or GEO 103

And/or

BIO 121 or EAR 110

Ethics (ILM)

ANT185 or PHI 192

European Literature

Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

Fine Arts

HOA 105 or HOM 165

Forensic Science (ILM)

CHE113 (spring semester)

French and Francophone Studies

FRE Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

No knowledge in a language = 101 level

Some proficiency-place into: 102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

FRE 202 and above for major

Geography

GEO 103, 155, 171

GEO 272; GEO

215; GEO 273

German Language, Literature and Culture

GER Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

No knowledge in a language = 101 level

Some proficiency-place into: 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

No knowledge in a language = 101 level

Some proficiency- place into: 102, 201, 202 or 300-level course

text-align: justify;">LIT 200 level class; ITA 202 and above for major

Latino-Latin American Studies

SPA Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam

Linguistics

LIN 201, 202

LIN 251; Language class for 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 and

JSP 135, REL 100 M002, REL 135, REL 165

Modern Foreign Language

Language course at appropriate level according to placement exam. Students complete this major with the study of two languages that have an existing major.

300-level courses and above in selected languages

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 165, 166, 195

Neuroscience (ILM)

PSY 205, BIO 211

Philosophy

PHI 251

Physics

PHY 215 (Mechanics), PHY 221 (Mechanics Laboratory), MAT 295 (Calculus I), and please email Patty Whitmore (pawhitmo@syr.edu) with questions.

Policy Studies (Public Affairs)

PAF 101, MAX 201, MAX 123, ECN 203

PAF 101, 110

Political Philosophy

Two from: PHI 107, PHI 175, PHI 192, or PSC 125; plus PHI 317/PSC 373 and PHI 417/PSC 382

Political Science

Recommended courses for first-year students: PSC 121 or another 100-level introductory PSC course. We also recommend MAX 123 and MAX 132, although these courses do not count toward the PSC major. Students should take PSC 202 in their sophomore year.

Psychology

PSY 205 and a Statistics course MAT 121 or MAT 221 or PSY 252

Natural Science

Religion

Any 100 or 200 level course, preferably other than 101

Religion and Society

REL 101, 135, 142,

156, 185, 186, 205,

206

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

No knowledge in a language = 101 level

Some proficiency- place into: 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

No knowledge in a language = 101 level

Some proficiency-place into: 102, 201, 202 or 300- level course

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)