College of Arts and Sciences

Since its founding in 1945, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has been the core of the educational environment at Roosevelt University. The college instructs students in the critical, cultural, and technological literacies that enable them to create satisfying lives as professionals, citizens, and private individuals. Courses are offered in the traditional arts and sciences as well as in emerging professional and technical fields. The college provides opportunities for students to fulfill general education requirements and complete majors leading to bachelor’s degrees, and it prepares them for admission to professional and graduate schools.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students who are new to the university or who have not declared an academic major receive advising in the advising centers. Soon after, students in Arts and Sciences are advised in their majors.

 Students should consult the catalog page for their major to see their General Education requirements, which are listed along with other detailed requirements for the major.

Further Requirements for BA and BS Degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences

Course Work at the 200 and 300 Level

At least 60 credit hours of work with satisfactory final grades must be completed in courses numbered 200 or higher, of which at least 18 credit hours must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Grade Point Average

A regular student in good standing becomes a candidate for the degree upon completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of work with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at Roosevelt University. Students are also responsible for checking the grade point average requirements of their majors.


Students are urged to declare a major during their sophomore year and to consult their academic advisors regularly. All seniors should complete a final check of requirements no later than the semester preceding the one in which they expect to graduate.

Maximum Hours in the Major

At least 69 credit hours (63 credit hours for BS candidates) must be completed outside the student’s major.  Note that some majors require additional hours outside the major.


Many students choose a minor to complement their major. Students can complete a minor outside of the College of Arts and Sciences. Specific requirements for these minors are listed in the relevant section of this catalog. Students should see their academic advisors for recommendations and approval.

Shared Coursework

  • Major credits can be shared with CORE Ideas and Experiential Learning courses, if designated as such by the program
  • Major credits may not be shared with CORE credits toward other general education requirements in Communication, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, and Humanities
  • Credits cannot be shared between a major and a minor
  • Credits can be shared between CORE (General Education) requirements and a minor