2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Selected Studies in Arts and Sciences, BA

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Shruti Viswanathan, Director
Academic Advising and Counseling
323 Hall of Languages

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.


Each Selected Studies Program provides for a total of at least 120 credits. Among the courses taken outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, no more than 24 credits may be taken in any one school or college of the University.

Proposals should avoid overspecialization. Proposals that seem to aim at narrow vocational training are likely to be rejected. Students whose applications indicate that they can best be served by a traditional major are likely to be rejected and referred to the appropriate department.

The B.A. in Selected Studies includes at least 90 credits of arts and sciences courses and a minimum of 60 credits in courses numbered at the 300-level or higher (upper division).


Any student in good academic standing in the College of Arts and Sciences; with a GPA of 2.5; and with 30 credits of completed graded coursework at Syracuse University may apply for admission to the Selected Studies Program, subject to the following considerations:

  1. Students are permitted to participate in the Selected Studies Program only after they have completed two semesters at Syracuse, but program proposals may be submitted for review at any time before the end of the junior year.
  2. To assure timely approval, the student should submit the proposal to the director of academic advising and counseling services at least 60 days before the registration period for the programs first semester.
  3. A student cannot be admitted to the Selected Studies Program later than the second semester of the junior year.


Students who wish to participate in the Selected Studies program should consult the Advising and Career Services Office, 323 Hall of Languages, for a complete statement of procedures and requirements.

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