2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 23, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences

Image of Karin Ruhlandt

Karin Ruhlandt, Dean
300 Hall of Languages

About the College

As the liberal arts college at the center of a major research institution, the College of Arts and Sciences stands as the intellectual heart and soul of Syracuse University providing a highly-personalized academic experience. The College prepares each student for success as a citizen of the world through disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and service, on campus and around the world. Students are exposed to a curriculum that is based on the principles of critical thinking, effective communication, and the analysis and understanding of data, geared to educate the leaders of tomorrow.

Rigorous programs of study across our three academic divisions-the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences-as well as our interdepartmental and interdivisional programs, provide students with critical skills to effectively launch successful careers in a vast array of fields.

Our graduate students - mentored by nationally and internationally renowned scholars, writers, and scientists - are immersed in an environment of academic rigor, research, and creativity where they develop the tools and skills needed to effect change and generate new knowledge and ideas in their chosen fields.

The College’s three academic divisions house 22 departments that offer more than 50 majors, 58 minors, and 30 master’s and Ph.D. programs. The College also offers a number of selected studies, independent study, dual and combined degree programs, as well as interdisciplinary degree options with Syracuse University’s professional schools and colleges at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

More Information:

On the Web:
The College of Arts and Sciences

Dean’s Office
300 Hall of Languages
Phone: 315-443-2201
E-mail: casdean@syr.edu

Academic Departments

The College of Arts and Sciences is a place of discovery, creativity, and imagination that forms the core of a liberal arts education at Syracuse University. Through its three academic divisions–the Sciences and Mathematics, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences (offered in collaboration with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs)–The College offers an eclectic array of traditional degree options as well as a number of interdisciplinary, dual, and combined-degree programs.

African American Studies
Art and Music Histories
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Earth Sciences
International Relations
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Political Science
Public Affairs
Science Teaching
Women’s and Gender Studies
The Writing Program

Undergraduate Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate students an opportunity to explore major and minor programs in each of the academic divisions: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate Social Sciences courses are taught by faculty who also hold appointments in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Interdisciplinary and Special Programs: The College offers a number of interdepartmental and interdivisional majors and minors.

For a list of the majors and minors offered, refer to Academic Offerings 

Undergraduate General Regulations

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 by New York State 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 Advising and Academic Support, 323 Hall of Languages.

Minimum Requirements

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.

Ninety-Six Credit Rule

Except in the dual and some selected studies programs, it is required that all singly enrolled College of Arts and Sciences students earn at least 96 arts and sciences credits (earned in the College of Arts and Sciences or transferred from another institution and accepted as arts and sciences credit). 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 and accepted as arts and sciences credit). Up to 30 non-arts and sciences credits may count toward the degree. Combined degrees require 96 arts and sciences credits and a minimum of 150 credits. Under selected studies, programs leading to the B.A. degree must include at least 90 arts and science credits, and programs leading to the B.S. degree must include at least 75 arts and science credits. 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.

Intra-University Transfer

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 3.0 or above will be admitted to the college. Students with a current cumulative GPA below 3.0 should submit a letter with the application, explaining the reason(s) for prior academic problems, why they believe they will be academically successful in the College of Arts and Sciences and what major they are interested in pursuing. Students who will have junior standing when entering the College 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.

Advising and Academic Support

On the Web:
Advising and Academic Support
Health Professions Advising
Pre-Law Advising

323 Hall of Languages
Call: 315-443-3150
E-mail: casadvising@syr.edu

The College’s Advising and Academic Support services are designed to ensure academic success for students from the time they arrive on campus through graduation. Our professional staff members work as a team to help students make a successful transition to college, to explore their interests, to develop a plan for their academic career, and to successfully meet their academic and career goals. Specifically, our professional staff members help students:

  • Develop time management skills
  • Identify academic enrichment opportunities
  • Map strategies to improve academic performance
  • Understand the Liberal Arts Core
  • Select courses, majors, and minors
  • Maintain steady progress toward completing degrees
  • Plan for graduate school or entry into the job market

Additionally, staff members help students understand the purpose and benefits of a liberal arts education and how to effectively market a liberal arts degree to prospective employers.

Pre-professional advising services are designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions. Services include individual and small group, and workshops designed to enable students to successfully prepare for, and transition to, post-baccalaureate degree programs in the health and legal professions. Pre-health and pre-law advising is available to all matriculated Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF undergraduate students and alumni.

Special Note: Medical schools require applicants to obtain either a Sponsorship or Credentials letter from their respective college’s pre-health advising program.

323 Hall of Languages
Phone: 315-443-3150
Fax: 315-443-9397
Email: casadvising@syr.edu

Declaring Majors

Each student who follows the standard arts and sciences program fulfills the requirements of at least one major. The majors available under the standard arts and sciences program, including dual and combined degree programs, are described under individual headings under Academic Offerings and also on the College’s website. See below for rules governing the selection of a program.

Declaring a Major

Before or during the second semester of the sophomore year, each student in the standard arts and sciences program selects a major in consultation with their academic advisor. The student applies to the department or committee administering major studies in that field for admission to the major.

The Declaration of Major Form is used for this purpose and is available online through Casadvising.syr.edu on the Academic Forms page. To declare a major officially, a student secures the signature of the appropriate department or committee chair on this form and returns the form to the Advising and Academic Support office, Room 323, Hall of Languages. Students who fail to submit a completed Declaration of Major Form to the college Advising and Academic Support office before earning 54 total credits will be declared ineligible to register for subsequent semesters.

At various times, students are asked to state on other routine forms, including the admissions application, what their major will be. Such declarations are informal expressions of interest and intent and are not binding, either on the part of the student or the department (or committee). Completion of such routine forms does not secure admission to any major program. Only use of the Declaration of Major Form, with the signature of the chair, can accomplish that end.

Changing Majors

Students may change a major at any time before registration for the last full semester of study by submitting a new Declaration of Major Form with the approval of the new major department or committee.

Double Majors

Students may wish to declare, to fulfill the requirements for, and to graduate with two or more majors. To do so, they should indicate both majors and obtain the appropriate department signatures on the Declaration of Major Form. The second major may be added no later than the registration period for the last full semester of study.

Special Degree Options and Combinations

Double Majors

Two majors may be pursued simultaneously in the College of Arts and Sciences or in the college and another school or college at the University. Students must fulfill all the requirements for both majors as well as all other degree requirements of The College. A single degree is conferred by the college. The two majors appear on the transcript. Of the 300-level and higher coursework offered toward the satisfaction of the requirements of the two majors, a maximum of six credits may overlap. Students singly enrolled in the college who have a second major in another school or college must still earn the minimum of 96 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please note: Arts and Sciences students may not declare the double major in any of the following areas: English education; science education; mathematics education; social studies education; advertising; broadcast journalism; graphic arts; magazine; newswriting; photography; public relations; television, radio, and film.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core requirements are a set of principles that flexibly guide students to select courses and serve to define the common structural core of a liberal arts education at Syracuse. They were devised and adopted by the faculty of the college. They assure that each student’s course of study includes the most important features of an education in the liberal arts. There are three fundamental parts to the Liberal Arts Core requirements: I. Liberal Skills; II. Divisional Perspective; and III. Critical Reflections.

I. Liberal Skills

The Liberal Skills Requirement asks each student to further develop fundamental intellectual skills of effective writing and gives the student a choice of whether to satisfy a requirement in second language skills or quantitative skills.

Writing Skills (3 courses)

Students are required to complete the following:

The first of these courses is chosen from Writing Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (WRT 105 or WRT 109) or First Year Seminar (CAS 100) or Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English (ENL 211).

During the second year, students will take the higher level Writing Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing (WRT 205 or WRT 209) or Advanced Academic Writing and Research for Non-Native Speakers of English (ENL 213).

Before WRT 205 (or WRT 209) or ENL 213 is taken, students will take a Writing-Intensive course (list below) in a subject matter other than writing, a course that has been specially designed to give attention to developing writing ability while studying another subject matter

The remainder of the Liberal Skills requirement includes either the Language Skills or Quantitative Skills requirement which gives students the option of demonstrating a university-level competence in either

  • a language other than English, or
  • the use of quantitative methods to understand and solve problems.


The Language Skills Requirement

               Students satisfy the Language Skills option of the Liberal Skills Requirement by demonstrating that they have achieved a certain level of competence in a language other than English by either:

               1.  completing a 4-credit language course numbered 201, or a 3- or 4-credit language course numbered 202 or higher (see Advanced Language Work under Exemptions and Alternatives on page 14); or

               2.  satisfying one of the requirements listed under “Exemptions and Alternatives.”

Beginners can complete the language requirement with a sequence of three 4-credit courses numbered 101, 102, and 201.  Each of these courses includes four hours of class and two hours of independent laboratory work in a computer or audio/visual cluster weekly. 

Courses numbered 101, 102, and 201 are available on a regular basis in Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. 


               The following options are also available to fulfill the requirement. 

Advanced Placement.  Students who receive 4 credits in French or Spanish Literature by the CEEB Advanced Placement examination thereby demonstrate a competency equivalent to Syracuse University language courses numbered 201.  Such students thereby satisfy the Language Skills Requirement. Students who score a four in the following examinations thereby demonstrate a competency equivalent to Syracuse University language courses numbered 201 and satisfy the Language Skills Requirement: Chinese Language and Culture; Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, Spanish Literature .

Demonstrated Competence. Students who successfully complete an approved examination testing aural, reading, and composition skills meet the requirement. Petitions for an examination should be submitted to the language coordinator. 

Advanced Language Work. One may fulfill the requirement by completing with a grade of C or better any 3- or 4-credit course taught in a language other than English numbered 202 or above offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.

International Students. Students whose native language is not English may petition to have the language requirement fulfilled by their knowledge of their natural language.

Study Abroad. Programs of Syracuse University Abroad (SUA) in Chile, China, France, India, Italy, and Spain offer the same courses that are available on campus for satisfying the language requirement. 

Transfer Credit. Transfer credit for foreign language courses will not be considered for approval until it has been evaluated by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Syracuse University to determine the appropriate course equivalent. Credit will be considered for acceptance by the College if taken at an accredited institution.

The Quantitative Skills Requirement

               A student may satisfy the Quantitative Skills option of the Liberal Skills Requirement by successfully completing a First Course and a different Second Course drawn from the lists below.  When planning a program, be aware that many courses in the second course list have prerequisite courses.  Some courses appear on both lists. 

               Any student who completes a calculus course numbered 284 or higher with a grade of C or better is thereby exempt from the need to take an additional course to complete the Quantitative Skills Requirement.  Calculus courses numbered 285 or higher may simultaneously be used to partially satisfy the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Divisional Requirement. MAT 284 cannot be used to meet both the Quantitative Skills Requirement and the Natural Science and Mathematics Divisional Requirements.  It can only be used to meet one of these requirements.

               Consult the course descriptions for information on when credit for certain mathematic courses is disallowed.

First Course:

                              MAT 121   Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts I

                              MAT 183   Elements of Modern Mathematics

                              MAT 193   Algebra-Infused Precalculus (to be followed by MAT 285 or MAT 295)

                              MAT 194   Precalculus (to be followed by MAT 285 or MAT 295)

                              MAT 221   Elementary Probability and Statistics I

                              MAT 285   Life Sciences Calculus I, or

                              MAT 295   Calculus I

                              STT 101    Introduction to Statistics

Second Course:    (Note:  Some of these courses have prerequisites)

                              GEO 386   Quantitative Geographical Analysis

                              MAT 122    Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts II

                              MAT 222    Elementary Probability and Statistics II

                              MAT 284    Business Calculus

                              MAT 285    Life Sciences Calculus I, or

                              MAT 295    Calculus I

                              MAT 286    Life Sciences Calculus II, or

                              MAT 296    Calculus II

                              MAX 201    Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

                              PSY 252     Statistical Methods II

                              *SWK 361   Foundations of Social Work Research

                              *Apply as Non-Arts & Sciences credit


              Many students will satisfy the Quantitative Skills Requirement by taking a pair of statistics courses.  Both MAT 121 and STT 101 provide introductions to statistics with emphasis on the analysis of real data sets.  They do not assume any prerequisite mathematical preparation, although in MAT 121 it is desirable that students have a reasonable level of competence in high school algebra.  Students who complete MAT 121 may satisfy the Quantitative Skills Requirement by choosing from among MAT 122 (the continuation of MAT 121), MAX 201 (an introduction to quantitative analysis in the study of  public affairs), and SWK 361 (an introduction to quantitative methods in social work).  Note that MAT 121 is a prerequisite for MAT 122.

               Only students who have mastered high school algebra should contemplate any of the remaining options for satisfying the quantitative skills requirement. 


II. Divisional Perspective
  1. A student must take four 3- or 4-credit courses in each of the three curricular divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences: the Humanities, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Social Sciences divisions.
  2. In each division, two of the courses must constitute an approved sequence.
  3. Of the twelve courses used to satisfy the divisional requirement, no more than three courses may be taken from a single department or program (even if the courses of the department or program are in more than one division), with the exception of 3-credit HNR courses offered by the Renée Crown University Program. Any course cross listed is considered to belong to each of the departments in the cross listing. Therefore it counts as one of the maximum of three allowed from a single department to fulfill the divisional distributional requirement. Experience Credit and Independent Study credit cannot be used to satisfy the Divisional Perspective Requirement.
  4. In each division, no more than one course may be selected from schools and colleges outside the College of Arts and Sciences.
  5. In the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division, at least one laboratory course must be included.
III. Courses for the Critical Reflections Requirement

Students are required to take two courses from the list provided on the College of Arts and Sciences web site. These courses may be simultaneously used to partially satisfy other liberal arts core requirements or requirements for majors and minors.

Transfer credit is not accepted for Critical Reflections requirements except when defined in articulation agreements.

Liberal Skills Requirement

Divisional Perspective Requirement

Critical Reflections Requirement

Special Degree Offerings

For additional information on the following options, contact: Advising and Academic Support

323 Hall of Languages
Call: 315-443-3150
E-mail: casadvising@syr.edu

Options for Study in the College of Arts and Sciences.

There are two general options for study leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences: the Standard Program and the Selected Studies Program.

The Standard Program involves the Liberal Arts Core, a major, electives and, perhaps, a minor or an additional major. The first two years are devoted largely to work that satisfies requirements of the Liberal Arts Core. The major is chosen by the end of the second year.

The selected studies program offers the student an opportunity to develop a highly individualized curricular plan. This program, which can lead to the B.A. or the B.S. degree, is intended to meet individual needs. It provides considerable freedom in curricular planning, but also requires greatly increased responsibility on the part of the student. Each student in the selected studies program develops a four-year program of study based on academic goals. He or she is assisted by a faculty advisor who helps to formulate an academically sound curriculum. For additional information please see Selected Studies.

Combined Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers combined programs of study with certain professional schools and colleges within the University. These programs lead to two degrees and require at least 30 credits beyond the minimal requirement for one degree and a total of at least 150 credits. This means that it generally takes five years (10 semesters) to complete a combined program. Specific requirements vary from program to program and are described under individual program headings. Students pursuing a combined program in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete all college requirements relevant to the chosen program of study. A minimum of 96 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences is required. For a general definition and requirements of a combined program and comparison with other kinds of programs, refer to the appropriate chart in the Academic Rules section of this catalog.

A combined program in the College of Arts and Sciences is offered with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and results in the Arts and Sciences/Art, BA or B.S. in Arts and Sciences and the B.S. in Engineering.

Dual Enrollments

The College of Arts and Sciences offers dual enrollments in cooperation with certain professional schools and colleges within the University. These lead to a single degree jointly authorized and certified by the cooperating schools. The standards and procedures for admission vary and are described under individual headings. With careful course selection and planning, students are able to finish within four years (eight semesters) and within the 120-126 credits required for a degree. (For a general definition and requirements of a dual program and comparison with other kinds of programs, refer to the appropriate chart in the Academic Rules section of this catalog.)

Dual enrollments in Arts and Sciences are offered only with the School of Education and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

For the Dual program offered with S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications: Contact Rosanna Grassi, Associate Dean, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, 315 Newhouse 3, 315-443-1908 or

For the College of Arts and Sciences, contact Advising and Academic Support, 323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150, casadvising@syr.edu

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are dually enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications receive the bachelor’s degree jointly awarded by both colleges.

Students complete the requirements for the B.A. degree or the B.S. degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, including at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences coursework and an Arts and Sciences major, or a selected studies program approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students also satisfy requirements for a major in the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, chosen from the professional fields of advertising; broadcast and digital journalism; graphic design; magazine; newspaper and online journalism; photography; public relations; or television, radio, and film. At least 122 credits, including electives, are required to graduate.

Students who wish to enroll in this program should request dual enrollment at the time of admission to the University, or they may consult the School of Public Communications about an intra-University transfer to the dual program during the first or sophomore year.

First-Year Students Entering the Dual Program

Students entering the Arts and Sciences/Public Communications Dual Degree in their first year will be required to satisfy the core requirements for the dual degree by completing the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Core.

Students entering the dual program after the first year and who are either singly enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications satisfy the core requirements for the dual degree by completing the requirements of the school or college in which they were originally singly enrolled. In either case, the College of Arts and Sciences is the home college.

Other Special Options

Arts and Sciences/Art

The special options degree program in arts and sciences/art is designed for students who wish to include studio arts in conjunction with studies in humanities and/or sciences. The option permits any major in the College of Arts and Sciences to be joined with studio arts work. The degree awarded at the completion of undergraduate study is a B.A. in the arts and sciences major with the supplementary designation “and art.” The degree is singly awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.


Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees - Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs

School of Education contact: Marie Sarno, Teaching and Leadership Programs, 173 Huntington Hall. mrsarno@syr.edu

This combined degree option, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education meets the academic requirements for a New York Teaching certification for grades 7-12 in English, mathematics, a science area, or social studies. It is an alternative to the existing undergraduate Arts and Sciences/Education dual programs in these areas, and an option that often takes less time and fewer credits than earning the entire master’s degree in education after completion of a general Arts and Sciences degree.

The combined bachelor’s/master’s teacher preparation programs were designed to meet the needs of Arts and Sciences undergraduates who, because of a later decision to become a teacher, would need to add a semester or more to their undergraduate study to complete the existing undergraduate Arts and Sciences/Education program. It also serves those who want or need more flexibility in their undergraduate program than the dual undergraduate degree allows.

Both the Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree with a major related to the subject to be taught, and the School of Education master’s degree are conferred at the same time, after all requirements are met - typically at the end of 5 years. Students begin taking education courses as undergraduates, including some in the fourth year that are taken for graduate credit, and apply to become graduate students for their last two semesters. Some summer study (not necessarily at SU) may be required.

The combined program has a two-stage admission process. The first stage involves meeting with the School of Education contact as early as possible to develop a plan, and, if a decision to pursue the program is made, completing a form signed by Education and a new declaration of program of study form in Arts and Science to declare the Arts and Sciences program with “Teacher Preparation/5 year” appended to the title (e.g., “History(TchrPrep/5yr)” instead of “History”). The second admission stage involves an application to graduate school. Each admission stage requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the courses from the subject to be taught. The second stage also requires successful performance in the undergraduate education courses.

The choices of Arts and Sciences majors, and the course requirements for the Arts and Sciences major, the Liberal Arts Core, and other requirements related to the major are the same for these combined programs as those for students completing the dual enrollment undergraduate Arts and Sciences/Education program. These details about specific adjustments necessary to the Liberal Arts Core and to Arts and Sciences major may be found in the section describing Dual Arts and Sciences/ Education Programs.

Because of the specific course requirements and sequencing of courses, it is important that students interested in one of these programs meet with the Education contact as soon as possible to develop a plan. EDU 204, the first education course, must be taken no later than spring of the junior year.

Other Undergraduate Programs of the College

Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN)
Kandice L. Salomone, Director
323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-1643

The center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) of the College of Arts and Sciences supports a variety of innovative educational programs and undergraduate research activities in the College and its departments. It also serves as a clearinghouse for information about undergraduate research and other innovative learning opportunities, as well as a source of encouragement and support for their further development.

The center helps students complement traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences. These experiences represent active learning at its best, tapping students’ creativity, curiosity, and drive. These kinds of opportunities also enable students to apply their knowledge and skill to independent research and other scholarly projects that engage students with current issues, and give them the kinds of experiences helpful in making career choices. Students may choose to earn academic or experience credit.

Programs Offered:

  • Undergraduate Research Program
  • The Syracuse University Undergraduate Mock Trial Program
  • Ruth Meyer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Funding Opportunities

iLEARN has funds available for use by Arts and Sciences undergraduate students, faculty, and departments/programs for eligible projects. Eligibility is dependent on a project’s relevance to the types of educational activities listed in the mission statement. Inquiries should be made to the director of iLEARN.

English to Speakers of Other Languages

Contact: Margo Sampson, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, 340C H.B. Crouse, 315-443-9484.

Syracuse University offers a program in English to speakers of other languages (ESOL, ESL) for any student whose native language is not English. After taking the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) and receiving the results, students are recommended to take courses at the intermediate or advanced level. At the intermediate level, the program integrates the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. At the advanced level, the program focuses on composition, reading, criitical thinking and research paper writing. For undergraduate students these courses may substitute for courses in the Writing Program.

First Year Forum

Contact: Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Programs, 441 Hall of Languages, 315-443-1414

The First Year Forum is a one-credit course required of all new, first-year students in the college and aids with the transition from secondary school to college life, as well as deepens students’ first-year intellectual experiences by providing a personal and less academically-specialized encounter with a faculty member. Each forum section consists of approximately 15 students, is led by a regular faculty member, and meets once a week for 8 to 9 weeks in the fall semester to share ideas, experiences and concerns, and topics of general interest. A focal point of the forum is the Milton First Year Lecture, which brings a nationally prominent speaker to campus to address the first-year students.


Renée Crown University Honors Program
Professor Stephen Kuusisto, Director
306 Bowne Hall, 315-443-2759

The Renée Crown University Honors Program is a selective, demanding, and rewarding program for outstanding students who seek intense intellectual challenge and are prepared to invest the extra effort required to meet that challenge.

It is marked by four distinguishing characteristics:

  • heightened expectations;
  • participation in a vibrant and active community of learners;
  • intensity of intellectual experience; and
  • Special intellectual opportunities and responsibilities.

The program is open to qualified students from all undergraduate majors at Syracuse University. Its requirements, supplemental to those of their majors, stipulate that they demonstrate the attributes of depth, breadth, command of language, global awareness, civic engagement, and collaborative capacity.

Additional information can be found under Renee Crown University Honors Program in the catalog under Academic Offerings, Other Programs.

Soling Program

Contact: Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Programs, 441 Hall of Languages, 315-443-1414

The Soling Program is an all-University program whose purpose is to foster creative and collaborative work across academic boundaries. The program focuses on problem-solving, experiential learning, and originality. Students often work as multidisciplinary teams to explore solutions to specific, real-world problems posed by the University or the community. Students from different colleges typically work on projects with broader applications than usually found in academic courses.

Undergraduate Research Program

Kandice L. Salomone, Director
323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-1643

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP), housed in the College of Arts and Sciences but open to qualified participants from other colleges, exists to provide non-classroom, credit-bearing educational opportunities to undergraduate students. Interested qualified students work closely with Arts and Sciences faculty members in faculty-generated research projects, other projects representing the faculty member’s academic interests, learning environments provided by professionals affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences, or eligible off-campus internships with an identified Arts and Sciences advisor. The program features the apprenticeship model, and students gain firsthand experience in creative and investigative academic processes, translate theory into practice, explore the cutting edges of particular disciplines, develop closer working relationships with faculty members, and enhance their own career and educational credentials.

Faculty Participation

The program offers Arts and Sciences faculty members a chance to extend and expand the character of their teaching in the undergraduate context, to work closely with self-selecting, highly motivated students, to attract excellent students to continued study in their particular field of study, and to open both internal and external funding possibilities by way of undergraduate involvement in their work. Faculty member are invited to propose projects to the Director. Individual projects may extend beyond a semester in length as appropriate. The character and requirements of these projects, as well as the number of credits involved, vary greatly, since they come from across the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences, and sometimes from other colleges as well. The common criterion for all, however, is appropriateness to an educational credit-bearing experience for qualified undergraduate students.

Syracuse University Abroad

Margaret Himley, Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement
106 Walnut Place, 315-443-9416

Syracuse University Abroad (SU Abroad) offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study, research, and intern abroad. Ranked among the top quality study abroad programs in the U.S., SU Abroad has centers in eight locations - London, Florence, Madrid, Strasbourg, Istanbul, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Santiago, Chile – as well as summer, faculty-led short term and World Partner semester options offering 100 programs in 60 countries. All center programs and over 34 summer programs are available to Syracuse and visiting students alike. These programs provide fully accredited Syracuse University courses for students in majors and disciplines across the College.




Combined Degree