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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Overview of Degree Requirements

To graduate from Brandeis, all students must complete the following requirements below. Students can monitor their progress and keep track of your requirements by viewing their Undergraduate Degree Audit on Sage (Sage>Academics>Degree Audit). 

Complete a major

Students can review major and minor requirements in the University Bulletin.  Review "Getting Started in a Major or Minor" for departmental course recommendations for incoming students.  

Undergraduate Core Requirements Beginning Fall 2019

Brandeis Core (effective students entering fall 2019) grant students the opportunity to engage in courses from disciplines across the liberal arts. For many incoming, undeclared students, completing general university requirements may lead to areas of academic interest.

Brandeis First Year Experince
  • Writing Seminar (UWS)
Schools of Thought
  • Creative Arts (CA)
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • Science (SN)
  • Social Science (SS)

Global Engagement

  • World Languages and Cultures (completion of the 30-level course) (FL)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the U.S. (DEIS-US)
  • Difference and Justice in the World (DJW)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Health, Wellness, and Life Skills (HWL)

One course taken with pass/fail grading may be used to fulfill an undergraduate core requirement, excepting University Writing Seminars, writing-intensive, oral communication, digital literacy and quantitative reasoning courses. No more than one course (and never the final one) in the world language sequence may be taken pass/fail if the language is being utilized in satisfaction of the world languages and cultures requirement.

The following are typically satisfied in the completion of the major:

  • Writing Intensive (WI)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Digital Literacy (DL)

Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above

Numeric equivalents of letter grades can be found in the University Bulletin.  A 2.0 is considered a 'C' average or greater.  

Earn 128 credits

All courses are four (4) credits, unless indicated otherwise.  Science labs, music ensembles, and experiential learning practica are examples of courses that are worth half-credit, or two (2) credits.  Generally speaking, if students complete four courses each semester for eight semesters, 128 credits will be earned.  Physical Education (PE) classes do not carry any numeric credit.  Options for fulfilling the academic residency requirement can be found here