2013-14 General Bulletin

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Case Western Reserve University offers a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, management, accountancy, and nursing leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. These programs provide depth through concentrated study in a major field, breadth through the fulfillment of general education or core curriculum requirements, and open electives.

The BA is available in more than forty fields in the humanities and arts, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics. In addition, BS programs are offered in accounting, management, the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, statistics, nutrition, art education, music education, and nursing. The BS in Engineering is available in twelve major fields.

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree is offered through the Joint Program in Music of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Students who are candidates for the BM enroll in the Cleveland Institute of Music.

General Requirements for all Bachelor's Degrees

The bachelor’s degree programs require students to study one field in depth (the major) and to complete general education requirements or a core curriculum as appropriate to the major field and degree program selected. There is overlap among core curricula and general education requirements, which allows students flexibility in the choice of majors and degree programs.

Every candidate for a baccalaureate degree from the university must:

  1. complete a foundation curriculum (core curriculum or general education requirements), as specified for the degree sought, that incorporates the requirements of the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES);
  2. complete two semesters of physical education. This is completed through a combination of half and/or full semesters in Physical Education activity courses;
  3. complete a course of studies with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.000 for work taken at Case Western Reserve University; and
  4. earn in residence at Case Western Reserve University a minimum of 60 semester hours, of which at least 15 must be earned after the student has earned a total of 105 semester hours.

There are four foundation curricula that incorporate the SAGES requirements:

  1. Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements, required for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the following Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees: applied mathematics, art education, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, mathematics, mathematics and physics, music education, nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, physics, statistics, and systems biology.
  2. Engineering Core Curriculum, required for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree and, with specific course exceptions, for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in computer science.
  3. School of Nursing General Education Requirements, required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
  4. Weatherhead School of Management General Education Requirements, required for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in accounting, and in management.


The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) provides a foundation in critical thinking, written and oral communication, the use of information, quantitative reasoning, engagement with ethical issues and diversity, and exposure to experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding human culture and behavior, scientific knowledge, and methods of research through the following:

  1. First Seminar, taken in the first semester, introduces students to the seminar format through reading, discussion, and intensive writing, and incorporates activities with University Circle institutions. First Seminar will be selected from offerings in the Life of the Mind, the Natural World, the Social World, or the Symbolic World.

    *Transfer Students only: Transfer students who have completed the English composition/expository writing requirement with a grade of C or higher at the college/university at which they previously matriculated will receive transfer credit for FSCC 100-TR (3 – 6 semester hours) and will be required to complete a supplemental 1-semester-hour SAGES introductory seminar – FSTS 100 SAGES Transfer Supplement.
  2. Two University Seminars, taken after the First Seminar and before the end of the student’s second year, and selected from seminars that address specific topics that fall under broad themes: Thinking About the Social World, Thinking About the Symbolic World, Thinking About the Natural World.
  3. Writing Portfolio, comprising writing assignments selected from the First Seminar and University Seminars. The Writing Portfolio is submitted for evaluation after completing the final University Seminar.
  4. Department Seminar, generally taken in the junior year in the student’s major field, that focuses on discipline-specific methods and modes of inquiry and communication.
  5. Senior Capstone, a one- or two-semester capstone project integrating the knowledge, initiative, problem-solving skills, and powers of communication developed by the student. Substantial writing and a final public presentation are required.

Information about specific department seminars and capstones is available from department academic representatives and on the searchable schedule of classes on the University Registrar's website

Requirements for Specific Degrees

Students are expected to complete a bachelor’s degree in a timely fashion and will ordinarily be subject to the degree requirements in place at the time of matriculation at Case Western Reserve University, although they may chose to update their requirements to those included in a later General Bulletin.

If a student extends study towards a bachelor’s degree beyond 10 years after first matriculating as an undergraduate student, the major-field department(s) will review the student’s academic record and may update major field requirements. Also, if the student has not already completed the applicable general education requirements in place at the time of matriculation, the appropriate dean in the school offering the major will also review the student’s academic record and may update general education requirements.

Dual Undergraduate Degree Programs

To qualify for two undergraduate degrees, i.e., a BA and a BS degree, or two BS degrees, a student must satisfy all requirements for each degree, and complete for the second degree thirty semester hours of study beyond the hours required for the first degree. A student may, however, complete two or more Arts and Sciences majors within the 120 hour minimum requirement for the BA degree, or two or more Engineering majors within the 128-133 hour minimum requirement for the BS in Engineering degree, or two or more Management majors within the 122 hour minimum requirement for the BS in Management degree. Students who seek a dual-degree program that involves the BM degree must meet Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve admission requirements, and seek approval of both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.

Students completing both a BA and a BS degree are exempted from six hours of the 90-hour requirement of arts and sciences courses for the BA.

A student pursuing two degrees is encouraged to meet with a dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, 357 Sears Bldg., to discuss requirements.