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Completing Your Degree

Our academic counselors are here to guide you with completing your degree requirements, meeting your academic goals, and optimizing your undergraduate experience at Syracuse University. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete all specified requirements in order to obtain their undergraduate degree. All students must complete the College's Liberal Arts Core Requirements and the requirements of their major. In addition, all students must:

  • Complete at least 120 credits to graduate. 96 of these MUST be Arts and Sciences credits. Students in dual degree programs must earn 90 Arts and Sciences credits. Completing the Liberal Arts Core and major requirements may not complete the 96 Arts and Sciences credits needed to graduate; other Arts and Sciences electives may be necessary to reach the 96 in total;
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0;
  • Earn a GPA of 2.0 in all of the upper-division courses of their major;
  • Earn the total number of upper-division credits (30 for all students)

To maintain adequate degree progression, many students opt to take five courses each semester in anticipation of completing their degree requirements within eight regular academic semesters, or four years. Of course, many students bring in AP credit or IB credit pursue transfer credit from other institutions (see Frequently Asked Questions about Transfer Credit) to design their own degree plan; however, all students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with our counseling staff to confirm that their academic goals align with their plans.

Degree Certification Deadlines

Degree award dates are May 13, 2018 and August 24, 2018. All coursework, regardless of where the course was taken, must be completed on or before these Syracuse University degree award dates.

Please follow the degree certification deadlines below:

  • To be certified as a May 13, 2018 graduate: all grades and official transcripts for the completed coursework must be received and processed by the College by 5 p.m. June 12, 2018.  Only coursework initiated and completed during the Syracuse University Spring 2018 term, or an earlier term, will be considered for May 13, 2018 degree certification.
  • To be certified as an August 24, 2018 graduate: all grades and official transcripts for the completed coursework must be received and processed by the College by 5 p.m. September 14, 2018.  Only coursework initiated and completed during the Syracuse University Summer 2018 term, or an earlier term, will be considered for August 24, 2018 degree certification.  

Grades or transcripts received after these dates will move your degree date to the next graduation cycle.

Academic Programs and Offerings

The College of Arts and Sciences offers many different majors and four integrated learning majors. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree upon completion of all College requirements. Both within the College of Arts and Sciences and with other colleges affiliated with Syracuse University, there are more than 100 minors available to all students. In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences that offer collaboration with other schools and colleges. Here is a sampling of various degree programs that our students pursue. We help students who may have questions about the many academic programs available. Options include:

Single Degree Program

A single degree program consists of one major in one school/college.

Single Degree Program with Double Major

A singe degree program with double mjor consists of two major programs of study simultaneously pursued (a) in the same school/college or (b) in two separate schools/colleges. Students in Arts and Sciences can complete multiple majors within The College of Arts and Sciences, and a major in another College with whom we have a dual or combined program.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The College also offers a number of interdisciplinary majors and minors that cut across traditional departments in the College, as well as other schools and colleges, to provide multi-dimensional perspectives.

Selected Studies Program

The Selected Studies Program, which leads to either an B.A. or B.S. degree, is intended to meet individual—often highly specialized—needs. It provides considerable freedom in curriculum planning, but requires greatly increased responsibility on the part of the student. The Selected Studies Program represents "structured freedom." Within this program, the student is responsible for developing a four-year curriculum based on well-defined academic goals. Please contact the Director of Advising for more information.

Dual Enrollment

A dual enrollment leads to a single degree jointly authorized and certified by the cooperating colleges. The College offers dual enrollment options with the School of Education or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. There is an application process that involves both colleges designated in these dual enrollment programs.

Five-Year Baccalaureate-Master's Degree Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education offer a combined, five-year Baccalaureate-Master's Degree program in a number of different specialties, including English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and Spanish Education. There is an application and admission process involving both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. For more information, see a program description from the course catalog.

Combined Degree

A combined degree leads to two degrees and requires at least 30 credits beyond the minimum requirement for a single degree. The College offers a combined degree option with the Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science. There is an application and admission process involving both The College of Arts and the College of Engineering.

The Renée Crown University Honors Program

Syracuse University's premier program administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Located in Room 306, Bowne Hall, 315.443.2759. Honors Program Website