Majors, Minors and Departments

Determining what to major and minor in is a crucial decision on your path to graduation. Use this page to see all of the major and minor offerings the College of Arts & Sciences has to offer. You can also use this page to navigate to department websites.

Core Curriculum

The mainstay of the general education requirements is the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. The core curriculum requirements are divided into two parts: skills acquisition and content areas of study. The following sections provide descriptions of the individual requirement areas, their underlying educational philosophies and goals, and the list of approved courses. This Web version of the core curriculum contains the most current information available.

Degree Requirements

What does it take to graduate? Use this section to find answers about: MAPS, General graduation requirements, Core Curriculum, Major requirements, Minor requirements, Multiple degree requirements, Four-year graduation.

Academic Opportunities

There are many opportunities to enrich your experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Academic Opportunities pages makes it easy to find the options available to you.

Dean’s List

Every semester the College determines which of our students have earned the distinction of being placed on the Arts and Sciences Dean’s List. Honorees are notified electronically.

The Graduate School, in cooperation with the colleges and schools, offers graduate degrees in 43 doctoral and 54 master's degree programs. Graduate degrees are awarded in a full range of disciplines, including humanities, social science, physical and biological sciences, fine and performing arts, engineering, journalism, business, music, and education.

Students seeking admission to a CU-Boulder master’s or doctoral program apply directly to the appropriate department rather than the Graduate School. Admission applications must be received by the departments according to their deadlines.

For more information on applying to a graduate program, go to the Prospective Graduate Student website.

For a list of Graduate Degrees and Certificates please view our Department section.


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Academic Advising

Periodically throughout your education, you will need some assistance. The best place to start is the Academic Advising Center. They will be able to help you with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Academic or scholastic stops
  • Change of Record Forms
  • Dean’s signature
  • Dean’s approval
  • Letters of good standing (except for Law or Health, which go to the
  • Preprofessional office in University Club, Room 111)
  • Open-option
  • Petitions: late drop, pass/fail
  • Reinstatements
  • Special Action Forms
  • Transfer credit evaluation and pre-approval
  • Also be sure to check out the Academic Assistance page for additional information on Financial Aid, the catalog, writing assistance, and ALTEC.


Core Curriculum

These requirements are designed to assure that each student has attained a minimum level of competency in each of the areas listed: foreign language, quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills, and written communication.

Although a single course may appear in several areas, you may use it to meet only one core requirement.

  1. Foreign Language
  2. Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Skills (QRMS)
  3. Written Communication

Content Areas of Study

  1. Historical Context
  2. Human Diversity*
  3. United States Context
  4. Literature and the Arts
  5. Natural Science
  6. Contemporary Societies
  7. Ideals and Values

*The title for this core area was changed from Cultural and Gender Diversity in April 2009.