May 22, 2024  
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges, Departments, and Programs


All College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Science candidates must complete the following courses and credits and meet the following requirements:

Introduction to Arts & Sciences

This course is required for all students in the College of Arts and Sciences during the first semester.

Critical Writing and Reading: 6 credits

Literature: 6 credits

Literature in English, literature in a foreign language, or foreign literature in translation. The Departments of English, Foreign Literature and Languages, and Portuguese shall specify which courses satisfy this requirement.

Humanities/Social Sciences: 18 credits

These credits are to be taken from the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences listed below, with a minimum of six credits from Humanities and six from Social Sciences. The credits may not be taken in a student’s major field.


  • Humanities
  • History
  • Philosophy
    (including Logic)
  • Art History
  • Music
    (excluding applied courses)
  • Foreign Language
    (excluding Literature)

Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology/Crime and Justice Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies (Unless course is cross-listed with a humanities department course, in which case it may count towards the humanities requirement, or cross-listed with a literature course, in which case it may count towards the literature requirement).

Department Requirements and Free Electives

  • Every student must complete at least thirty semester credits of work in the major field. For details see the sections under the major programs.
  • A sufficient number of courses must be elected so that the earned credits total a minimum of 120. Certain majors require more than 120 credits.
  • At least 30 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Quality Requirement

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 out of a possible 4.00 is required of all students. A grade point average of at least 2.00 is also required in courses in the major field. Individual departments may establish higher quality requirements.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges, Departments, and Programs