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For academic rules and regulations applying to all University students, see “Academic Rules” above, which also contains special regulations that apply to Arts and Sciences students. The regulations below apply to all students matriculated in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences is authorized to grant the bachelor of arts (B.A.) and the bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees. Students dually enrolled in two colleges at Syracuse University are granted the appropriate degree for the home college. For example, a student in Arts and Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications might receive the B.A. in political science/advertising, with Arts and Sciences as the home college. The degree(s) available for each program of study are indicated under “Academic Offerings”. Students who wish to complete the B.S. degree in an approved program submit a petition to the department and to the College of Arts and Sciences Student Records Office, 329 Hall of Languages.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the B.A. or B.S. degree. For all students enrolling in the College of Arts and Sciences, 30 of the 120 credits must be taken in upper-division courses. Every major leading to the bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must include at least 18 credits of upper-division work (courses numbered 300 and above) in the field of study. Every B.S. degree program must include at least 30 credits of upper-division coursework in the field of study, or at least 6 credits more than the B.A. program in the same field (whichever is greater), in upper-division work in the field of study.  Of the upper-division credits counted toward the completion of a major, at least 12 must be taken at Syracuse University. A maximum of six credits of coursework at the 300-level or above may overlap among all majors and minors, regardless of number. Students must earn the grade point average of at least 2.0 in upper-division courses taken at Syracuse University and counted toward the completion of a major or minor To be eligible for graduation, students must attain the minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) in courses taken at Syracuse University.

Except in the dual and some selected studies programs, it is required that at least 96 credits be earned in the College of Arts and Sciences (or transferred from another institution and accepted as arts and sciences credit). In this case, up to 24 credits toward the 120 required for graduation may be taken in other Syracuse University colleges or schools or accepted in transfer as non-arts and sciences credit from other accredited institutions In dual programs, the college requires that at least 90 credits be earned in the College of Arts and Sciences (or transferred from another institution). Up to 30 non-arts-and-sciences credits may count toward the degree. Combined degrees require 96 arts and sciences credits. The minimum total credits is 150 Under selected studies, programs leading to the B.A. degree must include at least 90 credits, and programs leading to the B.S. degree must include at least 75 credits, in Arts and Sciences. A maximum of 24 credits of the combination of independent study, experience credit or pass/fail coursework may be counted toward a degree in the college. Up to 4 credits in physical education (PED) courses numbered 100 to 299 may be included among the 24 non-Arts and Sciences credits counted toward a degree in the college for singly enrolled students. PED credits may not, however, be counted toward the dual degree in Arts and Sciences and Public Communications or Arts and Sciences and Education.

The college will review applications for intra-university transfer on a continuing basis throughout the academic year. Students interested in transferring into the College must attend an informational session in order to obtain the application materials. These meetings are held throughout the semester. The application deadline for acceptance for the fall semester is July 15 and December 15 for the spring semester. Applicants who are making satisfactory progress and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above will be admitted to the college. Students with a current cumulative GPA below 2.5 should submit a letter with the application, explaining the reason(s) for prior academic problems and why they believe they will be academically successful in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students with junior standing must include a plan of study form signed by their intended major department. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Associate Dean of Advising and Academic Support will review applications. Students will be notified by e-mail prior to the start of the semester.