Major Requirements

Intensive study in one academic subject is an essential part of any degree. The Newark College of Arts and Sciences offers majors in more than thirty academic programs in the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and visual and performing arts; University College Newark offers ten majors in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Students may declare a major beginning in the first semester of their sophomore year; they must do so by the end of their sophomore year.

A list of NCAS and UCN majors is available here. Students in the Rutgers Business School, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and the Rutgers College of Nursing choose majors offered by those schools.

Requirements vary from major to major. Although all students must have a minimum of 124* credits to graduate, some major programs may require students to take more than 124* total credits. Individual academic departments are responsible for setting the criteria for the majors they offer, including the number of credits and the shape of the curriculum as a whole. Students seeking advice on courses in their major should consult with the relevant academic departments.

Note that no course in which a grade of D or F has been earned may be counted toward completion of a major. Most majors require a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, and any exceptions are noted in the description of the majors under the section on program requirements. All students, including transfer students, must complete at least one-half of the credits required for their major at the college.

The Office of Academic Services and the Career Development Center can offer advice and assistance to all students who are undecided about which program to pursue.


* Effective September 1, 2015, a minimum of 120 degree credits would be required to graduate


Page last edited: 5/29/2015