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College of Arts and Sciences

Since its founding in 1945, the College of Arts and Sciences has been the core of the educational environment at Roosevelt University. The college instructs students in the critical, cultural, and technological literacies that enable them to create satisfying lives as professionals, citizens, and private individuals. To prepare students for rewarding work lives, courses are offered in emerging professional and technical fields as well as in the traditional arts and sciences. The college provides opportunities for students to fulfill general education requirements, complete majors leading to bachelor’s degrees, and prepare for admission to professional and graduate schools.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students who are new to the university or who have not declared an academic major receive advising in the advising centers. Soon after, students in Arts and Sciences are advised in their majors.

Click for a detailed description of General Education requirements.

Students should consult the catalog page for their major to see their General Education requirements, which are listed along with other detailed requirements for the major.

Further requirements for BA and BS degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences

Course work at the 200 and 300 level
At least 60 semester hours of work with satisfactory final grades must be completed in courses numbered 200 or higher of which at least 18 semester hours must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Grade point average
A regular student in good standing becomes a candidate for the degree upon completion of 120 semester hours of work with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at Roosevelt University. Students are also responsible for checking the grade point average requirements of their majors.

Students are urged to choose a major during their sophomore year. The major sequence must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Thereafter, the student should consult the academic advisor regularly. Application for approval of major sequences should be made no later than the semester preceding the one in which the student expects to graduate. All seniors should make a final check of requirements for graduation during the advising period preceding their last semester.

Maximum hours in the major
At least 69 semester hours of credit (63 semester hours for BS candidates) must be completed outside the student’s major. This rule does not apply to students with interdisciplinary majors. Note that some majors require additional hours outside the major.

Maximum hours outside the college
Of the 120 hours of coursework required for a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, a minimum of 90 hours must come from coursework within that college, or the equivalent. No more than 30 hours of coursework from outside of the College of Arts and Sciences will be accepted toward the degree.

Many students choose a minor to complement their major. Requirements for minors are listed under most subject headings. Students are also allowed to complete a minor outside the College of Arts and Sciences, including a minor in business through the College of Business Administration or a minor in theatre through the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Specific requirements for these minors are listed in the relevant section of this catalog. Students should see their academic advisor for recommendations and approval.

Online courses
Freshmen may take no more than three semester hours of online course work per semester.

The final 30 semester hours toward a student's degree must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students should also check the residency requirements for their majors.

A maximum of 66 semester hours may be transferred from any accredited two-year institution.

Transfer courses
Transfer students may find that many of their required courses or their equivalents have already been fulfilled through the State of Illinois General Education Core Curriculum as endorsed by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students are obligated to familiarize themselves with both general education and major field requirements for graduation. New courses may be added that may fulfill these requirements. Students should check with an advisor or an assistant/associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for answers to specific questions.

Roosevelt Writing Center
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to excellence in writing. To this end, the college houses Roosevelt’s Writing Center, which provides support for all students who want to become better writers. At the Writing Center, students work with trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors who can help writers with any writing task. Talking with a peer tutor allows writers to see the possibilities that writing can hold for them. The College of Arts and Science encourages all students to use the services of the Writing Center.

Double major
Students may simultaneously complete major requirements in two disciplines, thereby attaining a double major within the prescribed 120 semester hours. All specific degree requirements must be met, and only one degree, either the BA or the BS, will be granted. Thus, students cannot double major across colleges, and cannot double major in A&S for a BA and a BS degree unless they attain 150 hours.

Second bachelor’s degrees
Applicants who have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are eligible for admission as second bachelor's degree candidates. Applicants with international credentials which are the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited U.S. university (as determined by an evaluation agency approved by Roosevelt University) are also eligible for admission as second bachelor's degree candidates. Official transcripts from each college previously attended are required along with the admission application and fee.

The residency requirement for the second bachelor's degree is a minimum of 30 semester hours earned at Roosevelt University that have not been counted for any other degree.

Students with international credentials must consult with the department and dean's offices to discuss possible deficiencies in major or general education requirements.

Students with a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited U.S. university have met the University Writing Requirement, and do not need to take the English portion of the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA). However, if the degree being sought is related to areas such as science, math, business, or computer science, the student may be asked to take the mathematics portion of the RUA.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Qualified Roosevelt students may enroll for credit in courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that are not available in the university’s art program. Permission from the coordinator in art in the Department of History and Philosophy is required. Students enrolled in the School of the Art Institute may, in turn, complete general education requirements and elective courses at Roosevelt University.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Actuarial Science

African American Studies

Allied Health





Computer Science and Information Technology



English Language Program


International Studies


Legal Studies


Paralegal Studies (Arts and Sciences)


Political Science

Pre-Health Professional Programs


Social Justice


Sustainability Studies

Women's and Gender Studies