Most degree programs require 122 credits, but some require more. The BSED degree, for example, requires 130 credits. Most academic programs contain the following elements:
- GENERAL EDUCATION – The General Education Program embraces four Study Areas and four Skill Areas. A total of 44-46 credits of general education studies, not including the foreign language requirement, must be completed as a part of all baccalaureate degrees. Click here for more detail on the General Education Program and a listing of the appropriate course choices linked in the relevant area. The intention of General Education is to allow exploration of many disciplines in the interest of developing a well-rounded person who can function at a high level in today’s society.
MAJOR – in-depth study of one discipline required of all students. Requirements for each major are listed in the undergraduate catalog.
MINOR – A secondary field of study required as a complement to some majors is called a minor. Students who complete an Associate's Degree at a Connecticut Community College may be eligible to have the minor requirement waived if the Associate's Degree is in a field outside of your current major and not in general studies. If you meet these conditions you may apply to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the minor requirement.
FREE ELECTIVES – These are additional courses that do not constitute specific elements of the general education program, the major, or the concentration but which count towards the fulfillment of the total credits required for your degree. Here’s your chance to take some courses in topics that you find interesting. The number of free electives required varies depending on your choice of major and/or concentration.
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION – Any student seeking teacher certification must complete Professional Education courses. These courses are restricted to students who have been formally admitted to the Professional Program.