Completion of a Major and a Minor
All SAS students are required to complete a major and a minor.
- The requirement for a minor will be waived for students completing multiple majors, for second degree candidates, and for students completing the 5-year education program through the Graduate School of Education.
- SAS will consider waiving the requirement of the minor for students transferring to SAS from the Rutgers School of Engineering, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick, or College of Nursing if at time of transfer they have amassed 18 or more credits, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, within a specific professional school subject.
- Credit Intensive Majors
Effective for students graduating in January 2010 and beyond, the requirement for a minor may be waived for students completing extraordinarily credit-intensive majors. Credit intensive majors are indicated on the List of Majors and Minors for SAS students. Students in credit intensive majors are strongly encouraged to complete a minor, even though they are not required to do so.
When to Declare a Major and Minor
Full-time students normally declare their major in the second semester of their second year, although some majors encourage students to declare even earlier in order to facilitate the planning needed for an appropriate sequence of the courses required to complete the major within four years. Part-time students normally declare their major by the time they have completed 60 credits. Declaration is done by submitting a major/minor declaration form, available online at mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu. Some academic departments may have prerequisites and/or require approval by an advisor.
Students who have not declared their major and minor by the second semester of their third year may not be able to complete all requirements and, thus, not graduate on time.
List of Majors and Minors
Students are strongly urged to consult with an academic advisor and the specific departments offering the majors they are considering during their first year at the SAS. Some majors, including many in the sciences and the foreign languages, require that courses be sequenced in a particular way, making planning during the first year crucial to timely completion of the major.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) vs. Bachelor of Science (BS)
A bachelor of arts degree is conferred for all majors except the following, for which a bachelor of science degree is awarded: astrophysics; biochemistry; ecology, evolution, and natural resources; evolutionary anthropology; exercise science and sport studies; geological sciences; marine sciences; medical technology; microbiology; and public health. Either a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree is available in the following subjects: computer science, mathematics, and physics. For subjects offering both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree, students may not graduate with a bachelor of arts degree, then return to complete the courses necessary for a bachelor of science degree. All courses required for the desired degree must be completed at the time of graduation.
The major and the minor may not be selected from the same academic program. In general there are no SAS restrictions on selection of available majors and minors; however, some combinations are prohibited:
- African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) 013 majors and minors may not minor in Arabic 074, Hindi 505, or Swahili 956.
- Anthropology 070 may not be combined with Cultural Anthropology 070C or Evolutionary Anthropology 071 as a double major, double minor, or major/minor combination. Cultural Anthropology 070C and Evolutionary Anthropology 071 may not be combined as a double major or double minor, but may be combined as a major/minor combination.
- Asian Studies 098 minors cannot major or double minor in the language of their area or concentration. For example, a student doing a Japanese concentration in Asian Studies cannot double minor in Japanese, but could double minor in Chinese or Korean, or could major in Chinese.
- Astrophysics 105 majors may not minor in Physics 750 or Astronomy 100.
- Biological Sciences 119, Biomathematics 122, Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146, Genetics 447, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694, Biochemistry 115, and/or Microbiology 680 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
- Communication 192, Information Technology and Informatics 547, and/or Journalism and Media Studies 567 cannot be combined as double majors.
- Criminal Justice 202 majors may not minor in Criminology 204 (beginning Spring 2014).
- East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors cannot do a minor or double major in the language of their area of concentration. For example, a student doing a Chinese concentration in East Asian Languages and Area Studies cannot minor or double major in Chinese, but the student could minor in Japanese or Korean.
- East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214 majors may not minor in Asian Studies 098.
- Economics 220 majors may not minor in Environmental and Business Economics 373.
- Exercise Science 377 majors may not minor in Biological Sciences 119.
- History/French 513 majors may not minor in History 510 or French 420.
- History/Political Science 514 majors may not also major or minor in History 510 or Political Science 790.
- Jewish Studies 563 majors may not minor in Language and Culture of Ancient Israel 583 or Modern Hebrew Language 503.
- Physics 750 majors may minor in Astronomy 100, but may not count 01:750:341, 342, 343, or 344 toward physics major requirements.
- Planning and Public Policy 762, Public Health 832, and Public Policy 833 cannot be combined as double majors or as major/minor combinations.
- Sociology 920 majors may not minor in Health and Society 502.
Please check the requirements of the specific majors and minors you are considering.
Overlap between Major and Minor
Any credits satisfying major requirements may also satisfy minor requirements and vice versa unless specifically prohibited by the particular major or minor program.
Overlap between Major/Minor and Distribution Requirements
Any credits satisfying major or minor requirements may be used to satisfy SAS liberal arts distribution requirements unless prohibited by the major or minor. Any credits satisfying SAS liberal arts distribution requirements may count toward a major or minor unless prohibited by the major or minor.
Admission to the Major
Certain majors offered by Professional Schools at Rutgers University New Brunswick may require separate admission; these schools include:
- Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- Mason Gross School of the Arts
- School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
- School of Communication and Information
- School of Management and Labor Relations
- School of Social Work
For these majors, students should refer to the online catalog, departmental web sites, or myMajor for specific application guidelines and a listing of the courses to be completed prior to application. SAS students completing these majors will receive a single Bachelor's degree conferred by SAS in conjunction with the cognate professional school.
Professional School Applications - School to School Transfer
Prospective applicants intending to transfer to any of the professional schools at Rutgers University, including
- Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
- Mason Gross School of the Arts
- Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick
- School of Engineering
- School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
- College of Nursing
need to refer to the section of the School to School Transfer website for the school of interest for specific application guidelines and a listing of the courses to be completed prior to application. All students should meet with an academic adviser to determine how the sequence of courses to be completed for application will affect their graduation from SAS if their application to the professional school is unsuccessful.
Change of Major or Minor
Students wishing to apply for a change of major or minor should complete the form online: