Office of Academic Services

SASgraphic UPDATEDThe School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) requires that all students complete a goal-based Core Curriculum, as well as an approved major and an approved minor for students who are not pursuing credit-intensive majors.

The distinctive SAS Core Curriculum is structured as a set of core liberal arts and sciences learning goals. All are framed as activities students will be able to do at a foundational level by virtue of meeting the specified core goal. Courses may be counted as meeting multiple learning goals; students generally will complete the core in 10 to 14 courses of 3 or 4 credits each. A course used to meet core goals may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement. Only graded degree credit-bearing courses worth at least 3 credits and certified by the SAS faculty may be used to meet core goals. For lists of courses certified as meeting each goal, see below. These lists are also available in the Rutgers online degree audit system, Degree Navigator, which students use to track their progress in completing the Core Curriculum.

What courses count as Core courses?

Only a special, limited group of courses is certified by the faculty as meeting Core Curriculum goals. To be certified, the course must put the specific Core Curriculum goals front and center in its design and regularly assess student achievement of the certified Core goals.  Only courses that have committed to this process of certification, Core assessment, and continuous improvement are certified as Core courses. This is why some particular courses are certified while other courses that may seem to have a similar or analogous focus are not. This assures that all students develop the foundational liberal arts and sciences capacities the Core promises.


The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) requires that all students complete a set of liberal arts distribution requirements, as well as an approved major and an approved minor for students who are not pursuing credit-intensive majors. The distribution requirements include up to 12 courses totaling between 24 and 36 credits. Some courses may be used to fulfill more than one distribution requirement, and a course used to fulfill a distribution requirement may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

The Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements are restricted to:

  • first year students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2011
  • transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012
  • school to school transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012

First year students entering SAS in Fall 2011 or later and transfer students entering SAS in Fall 2012 or later must complete the Core Curriculum.

Students who are following the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements and prefer to complete the Core Curriculum should speak to an academic adviser.


The SAS Academic Standing Policy is described on this page. For explanations and questions about the policy and resources available to students in academic difficulty, please see the Academic Standing Success at SAS section of this site.

As of Spring 2015, there has been a change in terminology relating to the SAS Dismissal Policy, but the policy itself has not changed.  What was formerly termed "First Dismissal" is now called "Suspension".  What was formerly termed "Second Dismissal" is now called "Dismissal".

The following programs are available to School of Arts and Sciences students with strong academic records.

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The following are new and exciting courses and programs available to SAS students.

Please see Degree Navigator for course descriptions and program requirements.

Information on declaring any of the new majors or minors can be found through myMajor.

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