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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Options: Programs and Offerings

Customize Your Learning

Your advisor will help you make sense of the various types of degree options available to you and guide you through the decision-making process.

A&S | Maxwell offers more than 50 majors in the humanities, natural sciences, math and the social sciences. With more than 100 minors across the University and four integrated learning majors, you can completely customize your learning experience.

Are you interested in any of the following broad areas:

  • intercultural competency and social justice;
  • medicine, health and wellness;
  • environment and sustainability;
  • origins of the universe and development of the Earth; or,
  • communication and human expression?

These are A&S | Maxwell's traditional areas of academic strength. Many majors, programs and research fall under these categories. Talk to your advisor about what courses or experiences are available and start building your academic path.

Understand Your Degree Options

Talk to your advisor about which option is best fit for your goals.

Single Degree Program

One major, one school/college. Typically a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Single Degree Program with Double Major

Two majors simultaneously pursued (a) in the same school/college or (b) in two separate schools/colleges.

Interdisciplinary Learning Majors (ILMs)

Combines a traditional major with related coursework across disciplines. ILMs include: energy and its impacts; environment, sustainability and policy; ethics; forensic science and neuroscience.

Academic Minors

An area of concentration or expertise outside your major of study that complements and enhances your primary major, and helps you explore additional interests. Minors can be added from A&S and from other schools/colleges.

Selected Studies Program

Provides considerable freedom but requires great responsibility of the student, who develops a four-year curriculum based on well-defined academic goals. Contact the Director of Advising for more information.

Dual Enrollment

Leads to a single degree jointly authorized and certified by A&S and the School of Education or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Requires a special application process.

Five-Year Baccalaureate-Master's Degree Programs

A&S and the School of Education offer a combined, five-year Baccalaureate-Master's Degree program in English education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, Spanish education and more. Requires a special application process.

Combined Degree

Leads to two degrees and requires at least 30 credits beyond the minimum requirement for a single degree. A&S offers a combined degree with the Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science. Requires a special application process.