Curriculum & Programs


The College of Arts and Sciences' Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees each  consist of 40 course units; 20 courses are in General Education and 20 in the Major. The graduate programs consist of 11 course units, while the Associate in Arts degree is shortened to consist of 20 course Units and is designed for flexibility.

  • 9  General Education Foundation Courses - Common for all students.
  • 7 General Education Distribution Courses - Choice of  liberal arts courses
  • 4 Free Electives - Flexible courses outside of the major discipline.
  • Major Courses (# varies) -  See  academic programs  or the  UG Catalog
  • Advised Electives (# varies) - Flexible courses.

To receive a bachelor's or associate's degree, a candidate must satisfy the curriculum requirements as specified by the major department, maintain a 2.00 or better GPA overall and in their major, and complete the specified number of course units.   Social Work requires C grades in the pre-professional sequence and a 2.5 overall and in the major.   Nursing requires C+ grades in the major courses, and a 2.5 overall gpa.  To complete a graduate degree, a candidate must   must satisfy the curriculum requirements as specified by the program, maintain a 3.00 or better GPA overall and in their major, and complete the specified number of course units.

Academic Majors

The College of Arts & Sciences offers majors and degrees in the following areas

Additional options for enterprising students include individually designed majors, a 5 year BS/MS program in Criminal Justice Administration, double majors, double degrees, and a certificate program in Computer and Information Sciences.

The College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly administer Bachelor degree programs leading to provisional New York State Teacher Certification. Details of the degree programs are described in the catalogue in the College of Education section and under the respective academic departments.

Academic Minors

For the past  5-6 years, approximately 70-71% of the graduates have obtained at least one academic minor or double major.   A  minor allows students to supplement their major field with a coherent sequence of courses which will provide substantive knowledge in a field ancillary to their major, extend knowledge in another area of interest, and develop an interdisciplinary outlook. An academic minor is also an important credential in a job market that values creativity and flexibility.

Students who intend to pursue a minor must complete a Minor Application (available on  myNU).

In the College of Arts and Sciences, almost all students will be able to complete their major and a minor within the required 40 course/120 semester hours. In some instances, however, additional courses may be required in order to complete the major/minor sequence. A significant number of students also complete a double major; students seeking to acquire a second major may have to take additional courses beyond the 40 course/120 semester hours.