BA Four-Course Concentration

General Advice. We are looking for a proposal that includes a link between CS and some other field. In some fields, this connection is easy to make, in others it is hard. Taking additional courses in CS does not make the connection. To be specific, BA students have the option of either:

  • Completing 3 of the 4 CS 200-level core classes, and then completing a pre-approved sequence of 4 classes in another department; or,
  • Completing 4 of the 4 CS 200-level core classes, and then completing a pre-approved sequence of 3 classes in another department; or,
  • Completing 3 of the 4 CS 200-level core classes, 1 additional (that is, a sixth) CS elective at the 300-level or higher, and then completing a pre-approved sequence of 3 in another department.

Even in the last case, where a sixth CS elective is taken, we still may not approve your concentration if you don't have a link to CS among all CS electives and the set of courses outside CS that you plan to take.

IMPORTANT:  Modifications to an approved concentration are not generally approved.  UPD approval of your courses does not mean that you are given priority for seats in those courses.  Checking with the offering department before you submit courses for UPD approval is STRONGLY recommended.  

Additional Guidelines.

List of Courses for the Four-Course Outside Concentration for the BA.  The BA in CS requires four concentration courses (see tracking form) as part of the required curriculum. The intent is to provide BA students with an opportunity to build relationships between computing and another discipline by including courses with content that is not available in our CS curriculum. To be eligible for the concentration, courses must be 200 level or above and used in the degree requirements of the major in the other discipline. Courses from more than one discipline can be acceptable with permission from the UPD. One of the four can be the fourth 200-level CS core course or a 300-level CS elective in computer science. No junior-year writing courses are eligible for use in the concentration. 

All BA majors* are required to submit a list of eligible courses already taken and courses planned in the future to meet the outside concentration requirement. A minimum of four courses must be submitted for review before registration for Junior year.

The UPD may disallow courses that do not meet the intent of the requirement. When registering for concentration courses, students are strongly advised to get pre-approval from the UPD to avoid misunderstandings that may delay graduation. UPD approval of your courses does not mean that you are given priority for seats in those courses.  Checking with the offering department before you submit courses for UPD approval is STRONGLY recommended.

ADVISING HOLD:  Students in their last semester must have completed or registered for a total of 4 approved courses. Advising Holds are placed prior to registration for last semester if a concentration is not approved.  The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on SPIRE is updated to show the approved Four-Course Concentration.

*CSENG/CS Majors - see Special Variance for 230 and how this impacts the four-course concentration.

*CS Applicants On Contract must be prepared to submit eligible courses upon admission to the major within the stated deadlines.

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