Degree Requirements

B.A. CASE Requirements and Credit Hour Chart

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a major, students pursuing a B.A. must also complete CASE Foundations, CASE Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Culture Studies, Public Oral Communication, and Critical Approaches requirements. (The Foundations requirement encompasses English Composition and Mathematical Modeling.) Requirements completed in one area may, under certain conditions, also fulfill requirements in other areas. Finally, students may test out of the Foreign Language requirement by virtue of appropriate performance on certain types of exams, such as Advanced Placement (AP), SAT II, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. The requirement for the major ranges from 30–42 credit hours, depending on the major.

The following chart depicts the requirements for a B.A. degree from the College. Students pursuing a B.A. should also see "Major Requirements—B.A" and "CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements."

Foundations Credit Hours
   English Composition (one course)        3
   Mathematical Modeling (one or two courses)     3–4
Public Oral Communication (one course)
CASE Intensive Writing (one course)
Critical Approaches (one course)
Foreign Language (Four-semester sequence) 10–20
Breadth of Inquiry  
Arts and Humanities (four courses: two for General Education and two for CASE)       12
Social and Historical Studies (four courses: two for General Education and two for CASE)       12
Natural and Mathematical Sciences (four courses; OR three courses, one of which must be a single 5-credit course that includes a substantial lab component. General Education requires either two courses, one of which must be a natural science course, OR a single 5-credit course that includes a substantial lab component. CASE requires two additional N&M courses.) 11–12
Culture Studies  
One course from "Diversity in the U.S." and one course from "Global Civilizations and Cultures"  6
Major Concentration (including at least 18 credit hours at the 300–400 level)
Electives  7–34
Total Credit Hours (including a minimum of 100 credit hours inside the College)  120