Please note that these degree requirements are for students entering prior to the Fall 2009 semester. For the current degree requirements, please proceed to the main degree requirements page.
For the B.A. degree, students must earn at least 128 credits, of which at least 64 must be completed at Drew University. In addition, students must complete 64 credits beyond the lower level and at least 32 must be at the upper level. All students must fulfill the requirements of a major and those of the general education program. For graduation, the cumulative grade point average, both overall and in the major, must be at least 2.0.
General Education Requirements
The First-Year Seminar
A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped the College inaugurate its First-Year Seminar, which requires every student to enroll in one of the program’s special seminars during the first year. Limited to 12 to 16 first-year students, the seminar provides the opportunity to work with an experienced scholar-teacher on a topic or problem of mutual interest.
The seminar introduces students to the disciplined thinking a liberal arts education requires, enhances a student’s speaking and writing skills, assures a small-class experience in the first year, and provides excellent academic counseling. The instructor of the student’s First-Year Seminar serves as academic adviser during the first year and until the student declares a major. Sample topics for First-Year Seminars may be found in the course listings.
Each student must demonstrate competence in academic writing by the end of the sophomore year through satisfactory completion of either ENGL 1/Writing or ENGL 2/Research Writing (see criteria below).
Students can also satisfy the writing requirement by one of the following methods:
- by receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) English language examination;
- by substitution of a writing course transferred from another college or university andapproved by the English department.
At the discretion of their advisers, students who scored 620 or above on the old SAT I (taken before March 2005) verbal examination may satisfy the writing requirement by taking ENGL 2/Research Writing.
Students must complete eight credits in one foreign language at the appropriate placement level or demonstrate competence in one foreign language through the intermediate level. Competence may be demonstrated by any one of the following:
- Successful completion of an intermediate course (usually numbered 30) at Drew;
- A score of 680 or higher on the SAT II in a foreign language;
- A score of 4 or 5 on the appropriate Advanced Placement examination;
- Satisfactory placement on a Drew language placement examination as determined by the foreign language faculty.
All students, including those who achieve exemption from the language requirement (see above), must continue their study of the language and/or culture of the area’s of the world where the language is or was spoken, in one of two ways:
- By completing four additional credits in the same foreign language at a level appropriate to the student’s skill;
- By taking a four-credit course, taught in English, which deals in depth with the cultures, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religions, or society of a nation or region where the language studies is or was spoken. The regularly offered courses that satisfy this requirement for each language are noted at the end of the course listings for that language; a list of additional courses that meet this requirement is published each semester.
To explore the similarities, differences, and connections among ways of knowing in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, students must complete at least four credits in each of two different departments in the following four divisions of the curriculum:
- natural and mathematical sciences (all courses offered by the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science [note: mathematics and computer sciences is one department], and physics);
- social sciences (all courses offered by the departments of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology, and all archaeology courses offered by the classics department);
- humanities (all courses offered by the departments of history, philosophy, and religion, and all history courses offered by the classics department);
- arts and literatures (all courses offered by the departments of art, art history, music, and theatre arts; all intermediate and upper-level writing courses offered by the department of English; all literature courses offered by the departments of classics and English, and civilization and literature courses offered by the foreign language departments).
Students may also apply four credits from extradivisional programs to each of the breadth requirements for divisions 2 through 4 above. Extradivisional courses include those designated as American Studies, Arts Administration, Asian Studies, Business Management, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Humanities, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Middle East Studies, Pan-African-American/African Studies, and Women’s Studies. Only four credits of work from each extradivisional program may be applied to satisfy the breadth requirements. Thus, every student must take courses from at least eight different departments or programs.
A course that is cross-listed with more than one department or program designation will apply to the breadth requirement for the designation chosen at the time of registration. Students may file a form with the registrar to change this designation at a later time.
If Drew transfers more than 2.5 credits for a course at another institution, that course may be applied to satisfy any appropriate general education requirement.
In-Depth Study Outside the Major
To ensure further breadth and depth in a Drew student’s education, each student must complete a minor. Courses taken for the minor may also be applied to satisfy other appropriate graduation requirements. The minor must be declared by the end of the first semester of the student’s junior year. All minors must include at least 20 credits, and no more than four credits may be at the introductory level unless additional introductory credits have been specifically approved by the faculty. The following options are available to meet this requirement:
- Disciplinary Minors. Minors are available in all areas that offer majors except neuroscience, behavioral science, and the joint mathematics and computer science major.
- Interdisciplinary Minors. The College offers interdisciplinary minors in American studies, archaeology, arts administration and museology, Asian studies, biochemistry, business management, comparative literature, environmental studies, European studies, humanities, Jewish studies (Jewish studies or Holocaust studies emphasis), Latin American studies, linguistic studies, Middle East studies, Western heritage, and writing.
- Student-Designed Minors. In consultation with a faculty sponsor, students may design a minor of at least 20 credits that includes no more than four credits at the introductory level and is composed of courses focused on a particular topic, problem, or theme. The courses chosen must be approved by a faculty member who agrees to sponsor the minor, the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development, and the Dean’s Council. Exceptions to these rules may be requested by petition to the Dean’s Council if supported by the student’s sponsor and the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development.
The minor requirement is waived for students who complete:
- two majors;
- an interdisciplinary major that requires at least 60 credits (behavioral science, biochemistry, biological anthropology, or neurosciences);
- special programs: the teacher education certification program, the UMDNJ-NJMS Dual-Degree Program, and approved 3/2 engineering programs.
Many of the regular majors offer a variety of options; for instance, within the economics major students may select concentrations in: 1) the economics of business, money and finance, 2) development and international economics, 3) economic policy, and 4) general economics.
Students may declare a major at any time after completing the First-Year Seminar. Most students declare a major during the sophomore year; they must declare a major at least one month prior to advanced registration for the first semester of the junior year. The chair of the major department or program assigns a faculty advisor to each major. Students may change their declared major at any time, but must meet all the requirements of the newly declared field to graduate. Therefore, a late change of majors may extend the time required to complete the degree beyond four years.
A student may develop a special major with the assistance of a faculty member who agrees to act as the major advisor. Together, they develop a proposal for a special major, usually inter- or multi-disciplinary in nature, and present it to the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development and the Dean’s Council for evaluation and action. Students contemplating a spcial major should begin this process no later than the first semester of the sophomore year. Detailed guidelines for developing a special major are available from the office of the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development.
To integrate students’ experience in the major field, departments and programs may require a comprehensive senior project carrying one to four credits as part of the major. The type of comprehensive project is set by individual departments and programs and may assume such forms as a comprehensive examination, an integrating paper, or a departmental senior seminar.