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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.

Career Explorations in the Arts and Sciences

Empowering Students to Build Meaningful Lives and Satisfying Careers

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Students come to college for many reasons and most expect to lead successful, purposeful lives after graduation. In our complex, technology driven world, however, it can seem more challenging than ever to understand how a liberal arts education can prepare them to achieve this dream. The Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences is launching the Career Explorations Initiative with the goal of empowering students to build exciting lives and careers after graduation using their liberal arts education and other resources.

Do you want a career with PURPOSE that allows you to thrive after graduation? Do you feel anxious or confused about how to connect your academic path with a career, how to select the “right” major, or how to find and follow your passions in college and after graduation and still build a successful career? Are you struggling in a major you don’t like for fear of losing out on “good” jobs?


 Career Explorations in Arts & Sciences 01:090:210 (Fall/Spring) is a new course for undergraduate SAS students that can show you how to build a successful, purposeful life and career with ANY Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences degree.

This course and other activities will help students in ANY MAJOR build the cognitive skills and reflective, exploratory approach that is essential for leading a rich inner and public life, as well as for building a satisfying career. Through new Career Explorations courses, alumni networking opportunities, and other activities, this initiative will help students to:

  • Understand the ways that the liberal arts are critical to solving the world’s most pressing problems;
  • Link their academic work in the liberal arts to key competencies employers require today;
  • Become enthusiastic “Career Makers” who take initiative to explore and build meaningful careers while supporting their peers to do the same;
  • Engage in critical reflection of their interests, skills, and values and connect these to available education, volunteer, and job opportunities;
  • Practice critical career development skills, such as networking, personal branding; and
  • Launch and sustain exciting, purposeful personal and professional lives

Spring 2017

SAS Signature Courses

Check out the brochure of the Spring 2017 SAS Signature Courses!

New Courses

American Studies
 01:050:210  The American Dream
 01:070:111  Extinction
Asian Studies
01:098:250 Global East Asia
arts and sciences
 01:090:210  Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences
Cognitive Sciences
 01:185:253  Human Nature and Human Diversity
Comparative Literature
01:195:220 The Global Ecological Imagination
01:195:270 Past Today: Why Conflicts Endure
Computer Science
01:198:142 Data 101
 01:350:200  Once Upon A Time
English: Literature
 01:358:205  The Coming Apocalypse
01:450:214 Conservation
01:450:250 Cities
Geological Sciences
 01:460:110  Sea Change: The Rise and Fall of Sea Level and the Jersey Shore
01:510:245 The Arts of Power: Ritual, Myth, and Propoganda from the Age og Augustus to the World of Wikileaks
Interdisciplinary Studies - Arts & Sciences
 01:556:143  Energy and Climate Change
Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
01:595:202 Color-Lines and Borderlands
 01:730:253  Human Nature and Human Diversity
 01:840:105 Religions Now: 21st Century Controversies
 01:860:272  Russia: Between Empire and Nation
01:920:240 Normality and Abnomality
01:960:142 Data 101

Fall 2016

SAS Signature Courses

Check out the brochure of the Fall 2016 SAS Signature Courses!

Spring 2016

SAS Signature Courses

Check out the brochure of the Spring 2016 SAS Signature Courses!

Fall 2015

SAS Signature Courses

Check out the brochure of the Fall 2015 SAS Signature Courses!

New Majors and Major Options

  • Major in Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry Option (160M)
  • Major in Cinema Studies (175) (coming later in Fall 2015)
  • Major in Health Administration (501)
  • Major in Urban Planning and Design (971)

Please see the List of Majors and Minors for additional information, and myMajor to declare.

Changes to Existing Majors and Minors

Several majors and minors have approved changes for students who declare beginning in Fall 2015 or after. Details about each of these changes may be found in Degree Navigator or on the major or minor department's website.

The following majors and minors have had changes made:

  • Major and Minor in English (350)
  • Minor in Gender and Media (438)
  • Major in Journalism and Media Studies (567)
  • Minor in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies (595)
  • Major in Linguistics (615)
  • Major and Minor in Middle Eastern Studies (685)
  • Major and Minor in Planning and Public Policy (762)
  • Major and Minor in Public Health (832)
  • Minor in Public Policy (833)
  • Major and Minor in Russian (860)
  • Minor in Sexualities Studies (888)
  • Minor in Social Justice (904)
  • Minor in Sociology (920)
  • Major in Statistics/Mathematics (961)
  • Major in Women's and Gender Studies (988)

New Courses

The following new courses have been created by SAS departments. Please see Degree Navigator for course descriptions.

01:074:120 Naguib Mahfouzâ's Egypt
01:074:148 Elementary Arabic for Arabic Speakers I
01:074:149 Elementary Arabic for Arabic Speakers II
01:074:442 Readings in Modern Arabic Literature
Art History
01:082:215 Baroque Magnificence
01:082:226 Art and Visual Culture of the Caribbean
01:160:387 Introduction to Chemistry Education
01:165:463 Nature in Chinese Literature
Comparative Literature
01:195:137 The Haunted
01:195:145 Heroes and Heroines
01:195:230 Modern Jewish Culture: Key Texts and their Afterlives
01:195:234 The Power of Myth
01:195:240 Animals and Humans
01:195:305 Readings in Latin American Literature and Theory
01:195:381 Topics in Comparative Cultural Studies
01:358:230 Major Topics and Authors in British Literature
01:358:262 Introduction to Literature and Environment
01:358:263 Civilization and its Discontents
01:358:275 The Cultural History of Now
01:358:310 Medieval Drama
01:358:438 Seminar: Topics in 21st-Century Literature
01:359:209 Introduction to Health, Medicine, and Literature
01:359:460 Seminar: Media Theory
Geological Sciences
01:460:480 Major Events in Earth History
01:510:393 Jewish Historical Fiction
01:512:285 History of Rutgers University
Interdisciplinary Studies
01:556:121 Mountainview Program Seminar
01:560:258 Italian Icons
01:560:364 Villains, Heroines, Rebels, and Scapegoats
Latin American Studies
01:590:298 Latinos and Migration
01:590:399 Topics in Latin American Studies
01:590:493 Internship in Latin American Studies
01:615:407 Topics in the Comparative Syntax of French and Francophone Dialects and Creoles
01:615:497 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
Literature and Language
01:617:431 Computer-Assisted Translation
01:617:490 Seminar: Topics in World Languages
Middle Eastern Studies
01:685:323 Middle Eastern Folklore and Myth
Political Science
01:790:254 Reading Social Science Research
01:830:308 Psychosocial Foundations of Health and Medicine
01:830:403 Programming for Behavioral Scientists
01:830:415 History of Brain Science
01:920:308 Psychosocial Foundations of Health and Medicine
01:956:186 Elementary Swahili I
01:956:187 Elementary Swahili II
01:956:286 Intermediate Swahili I
01:956:287 Intermediate Swahili II
01:956:386 Advanced Swahili I
01:956:387 Advanced Swahili II
Women's and Gender Studies
01:988:294 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
01:988:296 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
01:988:311 Gender, Race and Visual Media
01:988:499 Capstone in Gender and Media

New SAS Core Courses

01:013:205 Cultural Forces in International Politics 21C
01:013:287 Intermediate Swahili II AHq
01:082:118 Looking at Twenty First-Century World History 21C, HST
01:165:215 Introduction to Chinese Civilization HST, AHp
01:195:140 Being Human AHp
01:195:230 Modern Jewish Culture: Key Texts and their Afterlives AHp
01:358:275 The Cultural History of Now 21C, AHp
01:460:222 Planet Mars, the Next Frontier 21C, NS
01:460:224 Geology of the Moons and Planets 21C, NS
01:506:118 Looking at Twenty First-Century World History 21C, HST
01:590:298 Latinos and Migration SCL
01:685:323 Middle Eastern Folklore and Myth AHo or AHp
01:956:287 Intermediate Swahili II AHq
11:015:431 International Trade Policy 21C
11:067:250 Companion Animal Science NS
11:373:122 Principles and Applications of Macroeconomics SCL
11:373:362 Natural Resource Economics SCL
11:374:101 Introduction to Human Ecology 21C, SCL
11:374:115 Water and Society 21C, SCL
11:374:279 Politics of Environmental Issues 21C, SCL
11:375:197 Environmental Science Literacy 21C, ITR

Spring 2015

SAS Signature Courses

Check out the brochure of the Spring 2017 SAS Signature Courses!

New Courses

African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
01:013:120 Naguib Mahfouz's Egypt
01:013:148 Elementary Arabic for Arabic Speakers I
01:013:149 Elementary Arabic for Arabic Speakers II
01:013:163 Elementary Urdu II
01:013:205 Cultural Forces in International Politics
01:013:215 African Short Stories
01:013:392 Advanced Twi I
01:013:432 Readings in Modern Hindi Literature
01:013:433 Modern Urdu Literature and Popular Culture 
American Studies
01:050:230 Fashioning Bodies, Transforming American Identities
01:050:285 Independent Study/Project: Media Culture
01:050:286 Independent Study/Project in American Culture
01:050:344 Race, Gender and Islam in the US
01:050:391 Independent Study/Project in American Culture
01:070:152 Bones and Stones Laboratory
01:070:201 Evolution and Human Behavior
01:070:329 Human Evolutionary Genetics
01:070:339 Caribbean Archaeology
01:070:373 Visual Ethnography of Everyday Life 
01:070:377 Evolution and Religion
01:070:399 Deceit and Self-Deception
01:074:140 Elementary Arabic I
01:074:141 Elementary Arabic II
01:074:145 Accelerated Arabic I
01:074:240 Intermediate Arabic I
01:074:241 Intermediate Arabic II
01:074:244 Egyptian Arabic I
01:074:340 Advanced Arabic I
01:074:341 Advanced Arabic II
Asian Studies
01:098:101 Elementary Filipino
01:098:111 Elementary Vietnamese
01:098:151 Elementary Manchu
01:098:215 Introduction to Vietnamese Literature in Translation
01:098:235 Mongolian Literature in Translation
01:098:373 Classical Tibetan
01:098:393 Independent Study of Asian Languages and Literatures
01:098:394 Independent Study of Asian Languages and Literatures
01:122:491 Research in Biomathematics
01:122:492 Research in Biomathematics
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
01:146:340 Virology
01:160:459 Electroanalytic Chemistry
Cinema Studies
01:175:306 Modern French Cinema (in English)
Cognitive Sciences
01:185:310 Concepts
01:185:320 Research Methods in Cognitive Science
01:185:395 Research in Cognitive Science
01:185:396 Research in Cognitive Science
Comparative Literature
01:195:140 Being Human
01:195:220 The Ecological Imagination in Literature, Film, and Media
01:195:231 Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature in Translation
01:195:232 Women Writers of South Asia
01:195:430 Gender, Nation, and Literature in South Asia
Computer Science
01:198:439 Introduction to Data Science
01:351:314 Documentary Filmmaking for Writers
01:359:220 Introduction to Performance Theory
Environmental Studies
01:381:101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
01:381:371 Topics in Environmental Studies
01:381:372 Topics in Environmental Studies
01:381:485 Environmental Studies Internship
01:381:486 Environmental Studies Internship
01:381:491 Environmental Studies Independent Study
01:381:492 Environmental Studies Independent Study
01:420:271 Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France
01:470:280 The Culture of Yiddish:  An Introduction
01:470:327 Writing Travel: Movement, Migration, Mobility
01:505:432 Readings in Modern Hindi Literature
01:506:225 The Black Atlantic World
01:506:236 Poverty in World History
01:506:254 History of Oil
01:506:290 Instructional Assistant Internship
01:510:263 Exile Under Nazism and Communism
01:510:372 Armenian Genocide in Comparative Perspective
01:560:248 A Cultural Tour of Italy
01:560:354 Italian Culture through Music
Jewish Studies
01:563:246 Jewish Humor
01:563:270 Exile under Nazism and Communism
01:563:461 Supplementary Independent Study
01:640:110 Algebra for Middle School Teachers
Middle Eastern Studies
01:685:204 Crossroads: Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia
01:685:221 Introduction to the Literatures of the Middle East
01:685:280 Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives
01:685:384 Cyprus: A Global History
Political Science 
01:790:387 Politics and Culture in Greece and the Balkans
01:840:115 The Birth and Death of God from Mesopotamia to Postmodernity
01:840:227 Islam in the Modern World
01:840:362 Postmodern Approaches to Sacred Literature
01:840:363 Women and Islam
01:840:430 Seminar on Religious Fundamentalisms and Modernisms in the U.S. 
01:840:458 Seminar on Islamic Thought
Science, Technology and Society
01:880:210 The Edison Effect:  Technological Innovation in American Culture
Sexualities Studies
01:888:291 Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France
01:888:390 Topics in Critical Sexualities Studies
Social Justice
01:904:395 Topics in Social Justice
01:960:142 Data 101
Women's and Gender Studies
01:988:232 Women Writers of South Asia
01:988:315 Race, Gender, and Islam in the United States
01:988:431 Gender, Nation, and Literature in South Asia


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