Bachelor’s Degree Requirements: Liberal Arts and Sciences

College Requirements

All undergraduate students must satisfy both University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements.

Group Requirements:

  1. The College requires three courses in the natural sciences - one more than is required by the University.
  2. The College requires two courses in the social sciences - one more than is required by the University.
  3. The College requires an additional course in the humanities to fulfill Civilizations and Societies (see below).
  4. The College requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Foreign language proficiency is not a part of the University General Education Requirements, but it does satisfy the university Foreign Culture (FC) requirement.

Foreign Language

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except those pursuing a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree) must successfully demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the three-course basic sequence in a single foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated by completing courses numbered 1010, 1020, and 2010 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 intermediate (third course) level.

Bilingual Students: The College Foreign Language Group Requirement will be considered satisfied for students who were born in and completed their secondary education in a country whose language is not English. However, no credit (through course work or by examination) will be granted to such students for elementary- or intermediate- level courses in that language. Bilingual students who satisfy the Foreign Language Group Requirement in this manner will simultaneously fulfill the University General Education Requirement in Foreign Culture (FC).

Third Natural Science (LS, PS)

A third course in the Natural Science area is required. All courses on the University list for Life Science or Physical Science are acceptable. Also, students may elect NFS 3230 as the third course in Natural Science (a course which is not on the University General Education list).

Second Social Science (SS)

A second course in the Social Science area is required.

Civilizations and Societies

This College Group Requirement is not part of the University General Education Requirements. Students must complete one course from the following:

AFS 2010African American Culture: Historical and Aesthetic Roots4
ARM/SLA/GER/POL/RUS/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
CLA 2000Greek Mythology3-4
FRE 2710(FC) Introduction to French Civilization I3
FRE 2720(FC) Introduction to French Civilization II3
GER 2710(FC) Survey of Germanic Culture I3
GER 2720(FC) Survey of Germanic Culture II3
GER/SLA/ARM/POL/RUS/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
GKM 3710(FC) Modern Greek Literature and Culture in English3-4
ITA 2710(FC) Italy and Italians I3
ITA 2720(FC) Italy and Italians II3
LAS 2100Chicano/a Literature and Culture3
LAS 2110Puerto Rican Literature and Culture3
NE 2000(FC) Introduction to Islamic Civilization of the Near East3
NE 2010The Bible and Ancient Mythology3
POL 2710(FC) Survey of Polish Culture3
POL/SLA/ARM/GER/RUS/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
RUS 2710(FC) Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUS/SLA/ARM/GER/POL/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
SLA/ARM/GER/POL/RUS/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
SLA 3710(VP) Russian and East European Film3-4
SPA 2400Chicano/a Literature and Culture3
SPA 2500/LAS 2110Puerto Rican Literature and Culture3
UKR/SLA/ARM/GER/POL/RUS 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3

Note: The Junior Year in Munich experience also meets the Civilizations and Societies requirement.

Science Requirement for B.S. Degrees

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Students who are candidates for Bachelor of Science degrees must successfully complete sixty credits in the natural sciences, computer science, advanced logic, statistics, and mathematics. Credits completed to satisfy the College Group Requirements in Natural Science may be applied to the sixty credits.

Special Degrees

Students who are candidates for the Special Degrees Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or Bachelor of Science in Physics must fulfill the sixty-credit requirement in the natural sciences, computer science, advanced logic, statistics, and mathematics. Candidates for other Special Bachelor of Science degrees must complete the College Group Requirement in Natural Science and any additional science and mathematics courses required by the curriculum which they are following.

Major Requirements

Specific course requirements for majors are listed in this bulletin under each of the Departments or areas of the College. Students may declare majors at any time but must declare a major by thirty credits of study, regardless if these credits are completed at Wayne State University or transferred from another institution. Students must complete all courses in their majors with an overall average of 'C' (2.0). 

Declaration of Major

Students can easily declare or change their major online through Academica. Failure to declare by thirty credits may result in a registration hold.

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.

Minor Fields

Students enrolled in colleges and schools other than the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and who wish to declare a minor in a Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum, may do so by satisfying the minor requirements of the curriculum involved. They need not satisfy the Group Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The notation of the minor will appear on the transcript but not on the diploma.

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 by registering in the appropriate undergraduate College. Graduates of Wayne State University who have earned degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may be ranked as undergraduates by declaring new majors and indicating a desire to earn a second undergraduate degree. Graduates of other Wayne State University Schools or Colleges must transfer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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, College and major requirements. This includes all College Group Requirements not overlapping with University General Education Requirements. Generally no second degree will be granted in the academic area in which the first degree was earned.

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.

Credit Restrictions

Repeated Subject

If courses are repeated, the last grade on file will count towards the overall g.p.a. of the course, but the course credit will only be counted once towards graduation. Students who wish to repeat a course in which they did not receive credit originally must file a repeat form at the time of registration. Since similar courses may have different names dependent upon the college and the semester in which a course is offered, students are advised to make certain that they do not offer repeated course work as credit toward a degree.

Over-Age Credits

Students attempting to complete majors after a protracted interruption in their education, or those attending the University on a part-time basis over an extended period of time may find that some early course work is outdated. In such cases, a department may require refresher work or a demonstration that the student is prepared for advanced courses in the department.

Restrictions on Transfer Credit

No more than sixty-four semester credits may be applied toward graduation from two-year colleges.

Residence

To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a minimum of thirty credits must be earned in the College. The last thirty credits applicable to the degree, not including credit by special examination, must be completed in an undergraduate college or school of Wayne State University. Credit by special examination may not be counted as residence credit, but such credit, if earned during a semester in which the student is registered, will not be considered an interruption of residence.