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Although it is possible for a student to satisfy the requirements for more than one degree
program, the College will not grant two degrees for programs taken concurrently. A graduate
who returns and completes a minimum of eight course credits beyond whatever number was
accumulated for the first baccalaureate may qualify for a different Cornell degree. For
information on completing an additional major or minor after graduation, see Declaration of
Degree Candidacy.

Bachelor of Arts

Cornell College is committed to sustaining a community devoted to liberal learning and
democratic values. The Bachelor of Arts degree encourages Cornell students to explore liberal
learning as it is practiced in different disciplines. The specific degree requirements follow a
traditional, structured program, designed and approved by the faculty. The degree is best suited
for students who want a broad education, or for those students who have not yet decided on a
specific educational path. For this reason, all students are placed in the B.A. program when they
enter Cornell until they choose another degree program. Also, the B.A. insists that the student
not over-specialize in any one field by requiring that the student complete at least 17 courses
outside of any one specific department.

         Bachelor of Arts Requirements for Candidates who will graduate in
         2017 or later. (For graduates prior to 2017, please see previous
         years’ catalogues.)

1. Introduction to college-level expectations and the disciplines:

         a. A First-year Program that introduces students to college-level
              expectations. These courses may focus on a specific discipline, but their
              primary purpose is to introduce students to the kinds of questions and
              methods they will encounter, and to the skills they will develop, in the next
              four years. Both a writing and a First Year Seminar course must be taken in
              the first year. These courses do not count toward the distribution

         b. Distribution requirements that introduce students to the methods and
              practices of the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics,
              humanities, and language study. One or two courses cannot give students a
              deep appreciation and understanding of any one subject; the college expects
              students to use these courses as an opportunity to explore different
              disciplines and to develop an understanding of the different approaches to
              problem solving and different methods of understanding ourselves and our
              world. These courses may count toward major requirements.

2. Study in depth, including at least one major field of study.

The specific degree requirements are:
1. A minimum of 31 course credits. No more than two 100-level courses may be taken in

    the senior year without the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. No
    more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380, 289/389,
    290/390, 297/397, 299/399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit
    requirement for this degree. No more than two full credits in 500-level adjunct
    courses may be counted toward satisfying the minimum 31 credits.

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