To avoid costly mistakes, be sure that you understand these policies. In addition, pay special attention to items in this handbook marked CAUTIONS and NOTES.

  1. Students must complete min. 120 semester credits and min. 40 courses to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Arts and Sciences.
  2. The 40 courses required for graduation must be at least three semester credits each.
  3. You may not take for credit a foreign language course below the level into which you have been placed. Students may not take a course below the 200 level in your native language or in a language from which you have been waived because of fluency or placement examination. Unless you have taken the appropriate placement exam, you may not receive any credit in a foreign language that you studied at any time previously.
  4. You may not take more than five courses in one semester without the Dean's permis­sion unless you meet specific criteria for over-election. (See Normal Course Loads under General Academic Regulations.)
  5. Any course taken pass/fail may be used only as a free elective.  It may not be used to satisfy either liberal arts curriculum, minor, certificate, or major requirements. Elementary foreign language courses (101, 102, 112, 103) should not be taken pass/fail, since a minimum letter grade is required for moving to the next higher level.
  6. Math 108: Elementary Functions, is a free elective only and does not fulfill the mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Some Anthropology courses fulfill the natural science requirement only while some fulfill the social science requirement only. Composition, creative writing, and grammar courses in English and Modern Languages do not fulfill the literature requirement.
  7. Except in specifically designated areas or with special permission, courses offered by CUA’s Metropolitan School of Professional Studies may not be counted toward degrees in Arts & Sciences.

 Updated March 7, 2023