Apr 16, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Adrienne McCormick, Dean
601 Culkin Hall • 315-312-2285


Undergraduate courses of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. To meet the requirements for graduation, a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 122 credit hours, except for the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering which requires 123 credit hours, including general education, a major in a subject area in a discipline or a planned interdisciplinary program, and cognates required by the major department or program. Of the total number of credit hours required for graduation, 90 must be in the liberal arts and 42 credit hours must be at the upper division level (courses numbered 300 to 499). Additionally, graduation requirements stipulate a 2.0 grade point average both in the major program and the cumulative quality point index.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programs provide a broad basis for a liberal education, regardless of the student’s field of specialization.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers graduate programs in the areas of chemistry, English, history, and human computer interaction, and also supports MAT programs in chemistry and mathematics.

Academic Advisement

Declared Majors

Students who have declared a major are assigned an advisor in their department. Contact the appropriate departmental advisement coordinator for additional information.  Students who have declared a major in an interdisciplinary program should contact that program’s coordinator or the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center (IPAC) office.

Undeclared Students

Students who have not indicated a major are advised by selected members of the faculty or professional staff through COMPASS, a comprehensive advisement and career planning center. These students should contact COMPASS to arrange for the assignment of an advisor.

Pre-medical and Pre-dental

Students interested in preparing for application to medical or dental schools are required to choose a major in an academic department within the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or natural, mathematical and computer science areas. While there is no specific major for pre-medical or pre-dental students, typical pre-med course requirements minimally include: one year of each of the following with labs—biology and physics; two years of chemistry with labs (through organic chemistry); one year of English. Individuals interested in investigating the possibilities of a career in medicine or in dentistry should contact Dr. James Mackenzie, Pre-med Advisor, in the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities (IPAC) office.


There is no prescribed Pre-law major at SUNY Oswego; students are advised on the basis of their individual interests. Students who want to investigate the possibilities of a career in law should contact the Pre-law Advisor, Jason Zenor in the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Office (IPAC), during their freshman year or as soon as possible in their degree program.


There is no prescribed Pre-enginnering program at SUNY Oswego.  Students interested in eventually transferring to an Engineering College require a strong preparation in physical sciences and mathematics.  For this reason, enrollment in the Physics program is recommended.  For an explanation of the available options contact the chair of the Department of Physics.

Part-time and Non-degree

These students should contact COMPASS or the Dean’s Office for advisement.

Majors and Minors

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 30 Bachelor of Arts degree programs and 14 Bachelor of Science degree programs. In addition students may declare a second major. However, students must declare one of the two majors as a first major and it will determine all other degree requirements.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers 40 minors, which are available to students as options. Students must choose a major by the end of their sophomore year, and at their option may choose up to two minors or a second major and a single minor.

In addition, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors four cooperative degree programs. 

Academic Departments

  Anthropology     Mathematics  
  Atmospheric and Geological Sciences     Modern Languages and Literatures  
  Biological Sciences     Philosophy  
  Chemistry     Physics  
  Computer Science     Political Science  
  Economics     Psychology  
  Electrical and Computer Engineering     Public Justice  
  English and Creative Writing     Sociology  
  Human Development      

Academic Majors

  American Studies (BA)     History (BA)  
  Anthropology (BA)      
  Applied Mathematical Economics (BS)     Information Science (BA)  
  Applied Mathematics (BS)     Language and International Trade (BA)  
  Biochemistry (BS)     Linguistics (BA)  
  Biology (BA  , BS  )   Mathematics (BA)  
  Chemistry (BA  , BS  )   Meteorology (BS)  
  Cinema and Screen Studies (BA)     Philosophy (BA)  
  Cognitive Science (BA  , BS  )   Philosophy - Psychology (BA)  
  Computer Science (BA  , BS  )   Physics (BA  , BS  )
  Creative Writing (BA)     Political Science (BA)  
  Economics (BA)     Psychology (BA)  
  Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)     Public Justice (BA)  
  English (BA)     Public Relations (BA)  
  French (BA)     Sociology (BA)  
  Gender & Women’s Studies (BA)     Software Engineering (BS)  
  Geochemistry (BS)     Spanish (BA) 
  Geology (BA  ,BS  )   Zoology (BA  , BS  )
  German (BA)      
  Global and International Studies (BA)      

Academic Minors

  African/African-American Studies Minor     Global and International Studies  
  Anthropology     History  
  Applied Statistics     Human Development  
  Astronomy     Italian Culture Studies  
  Biocultural Anthropology     Linguistics  
  Biology     Logic  
  Chemistry     Mathematics  
  Cognitive Science     Medieval and Renaissance Studies  
  Computer Information Systems     Native American Studies  
  Computer Science     Peace and Conflict Studies  
  Creative Writing     Philosophy  
  Economics     Physics  
  English     Political Science  
  Expressive Arts Therapy     Psychology  
  Forensic Science     Public Justice  
  French     Sociology  
  French Culture Studies     Spanish  
  Gender & Women’s Studies     Sustainability Studies 
  Geology     Zoology 
  German Culture Studies