Bachelor’s Degree Requirements: Liberal Arts and Sciences

College Requirements

All undergraduate students must satisfy University General Education Requirements, their specific major requirements, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, which consist of a minor plus a two-course sequence in a single foreign language.

Minor Requirement

Students must complete a university-approved minor, which may be taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or any other WSU school or college. The minor requirement is waived for students who complete a second major, a double major, a concurrent degree, a dual degree, or a second degree. Students earning a co-major in Peace and Conflict Studies or Latino/a and Latin American Studies, or who are completing an undergraduate certificate, will be considered to have completed the minor requirement. The University Honors co-major does not fulfill the college requirement for a minor.

Students must complete all courses in their minors with a minimum overall average of 2.0. 

Foreign Language Requirement

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must successfully demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the two-course sequence in a single foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated by completing courses numbered 1010 and 1020 in one of the following subject area codes: ARB, ARM, CHI, FRE, GER, GKA, GKM, HEB, ITA, JPN, LAT, POL, RUS, SPA, SWA, and UKR. Those continuing the study of a foreign language begun in high school or at another college will be placed at the appropriate level in the sequence as determined by means of qualifying examinations or interviews administered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The College Foreign Language Group Requirement will be considered satisfied by those students whose test scores place them beyond the second-course level.

Bilingual Students: Students who were born in and completed their secondary education in a country whose language is not English may demonstrate proficiency by means of qualifying examinations or interviews administered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. However, no credit (through course work or by examination) will be granted to such students for 1000-level courses in that language.

Major Requirements

Specific course requirements for majors are listed in this bulletin under each of the Departments or areas of the College.  Students must complete all courses in their majors with a minimum overall average of 2.0. 

Declaration of Major

Students can easily declare or change their major online through Academica. Students must declare a major by thirty credits of study, regardless if these credits are completed at Wayne State University or transferred from another institution.

Double Major

For students to graduate with double majors, the major requirements in both areas of concentration must be fulfilled. Both majors are designated on the diploma.

Students wishing to double major in a CLAS degree program and that of another school or college must satisfy the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements.

Co-Majors

The following subjects may be taken in conjunction with another major leading to a Bachelor's Degree: Latino/a and Latin American Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies

Combined Degrees

A Combined Degree (B.A. or B.S.) is granted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in cooperation with approved schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Law, which do not require a bachelor's degree for admission. Candidates for Combined Degrees must complete ninety credits in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, all University requirements, all College requirements, make reasonable progress (as determined by the major Department) toward completing a major, and complete satisfactorily the first year's work in an approved professional school. Courses taken in the first year of professional school may be applied toward the required fifteen credits in advanced courses. Students who fail to pass any course ordinarily required during the first year of professional work forfeit the right to a Combined Degree. Such cases may be reopened only after the student completes the second year of professional work.

Second Degrees

Students who have received a degree from Wayne State University or any other accredited institution may obtain a second bachelor's degree in another academic area. In order to be granted second degrees, students must complete a minimum of thirty credits beyond the first degree in the College and satisfy all University and major requirements as well as the college requirement for a two-semester sequence in a foreign language.

Dual Degrees

Students who have satisfied all requirements for two different major programs leading to degrees offered by the College and who have accumulated 150 or more degree credits may apply for both degrees simultaneously. 

Concurrent Degrees

Students who have satisfied all requirements for two major programs - one offered by CLAS and one by another school or college— and who have accumulated 150 or more credits may apply for concurrent degrees simultaneously.