Degree Requirements & Interdisciplinary Electives

NOTE:  "pass/fail work should not be included among courses taken for the major or minor program requirements or, effective with the Fall 2009 matriculating class, to satisfy any specific graduation requirement.”  College Bulletin

Requirements for Graduation

  • 32 courses successfully completed; including all of the specific course requirements listed below plus 4 physical education blocks (no academic credit given for physical education)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  • A minimum of 16 courses must be taken on the Carlisle Campus & of those, either the last 4 courses or 6 of the last 8 courses must be taken on campus
  • A major field of concentration

Specific Course Requirements for the Degree

  • First-Year Seminar - 1 course required for all first-semester first-year students
  • Writing Intensive Course - 1 course required
  • Quantitative Reasoning Course* - 1 course required
  • Distribution Requirements - total of 6 courses required, see below
    - Division I: Arts & Humanities (2 courses from 2 different areas)
    - Division II: Social Sciences (2 courses in 2 different departments)
    - Division III: Laboratory Science (2 laboratory courses which may be from the same department) [NOTE: Mathematics courses do not fulfill the laboratory science requirement.]
  • Cross-Cultural Studies - must complete all 3 subcategories:
    - A foreign language (through the intermediate level; may require up to 4 courses, depending on language placement)
    - Comparative Civilizations Course - 1 course required
    - U.S. Diversity Course - 1 course required
  • Physical Education - 4 blocks of physical education (one of which could be a cognitive course) [NOTE: Physical Education blocks meet for 1/2 of the semester, a few meet for the full semester, and receive no academic credit.]
  • Courses Required for your Major

A single course may fulfill multiple graduation requirements, but counts as only one of the total 32 courses.

*NOTE EXCEPTION: A course fulfilling the Quantitative Reasoning requirement may not also be used to fulfill the Division III Distribution Requirement.

More details about requirements for the degree can be found in the College Bulletin.

Searching for Degree Requirements, Interdisciplinary Electives, or Other Special Classes Online

Eligible courses for the graduation requirements can be found by using Attributes in your search on Banner Self-Service.  Attributes are also used to code classes with various subjects, which fulfill requirements in a variety of interdisciplinary fields.  Here's how to search for those classes:

  1. On the Class Schedule Search page or the Search for Classes link on Banner Self-Service, choose a single (or more than one) subject from the Subject menu.
  2. From the Attribute Type menu, click on the type of course you wish to find - example, Writing Intensive, Film Studies Electives, FLIC, etc.
  3. Click on the Class Search button.  This will return a list of all courses (or all within the specified subject) which have the chosen attribute.

Degree Requirements & Interdisciplinary Contacts

For more information on the following graduation requirements, please contact:

  • Comparative Civilizations- Professor Shawn Bender, benders@dickinson.edu
  • Distribution & Language Requirements - contact the Department Chair of the subject for the course
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Associate Provost Brenda Bretz, bretz@dickinson.edu
  • US Diversity - Associate Provost Brenda Bretz, bretz@dickinson.edu
  • Writing Intensive - Noreen Lape, Chairperson of the Writing Subcommittee, lapen@dickinson.edu
    - For assistance in determining whether or not to proceed with your WR request, review this checklist.
  • Physical Education - Les Poolman, Director of Physical Education/Athletics,  poolman@dickinson.edu

For more information on interdisciplinary majors/programs, please contact the department chair/coordinator as indicated on the academic department’s web page.