Requirements for Majors

Major (typically 12–18 units)

Each student must complete a major field of study. The selection of a major is normally made no later than the close of the sophomore year. Students establish a major through the Academic Advisement Center. Students must be recommended for graduation by the department in which they have taken their major work. This recommendation will be given only when the student has demonstrated satisfactory knowledge and ability in a major field by earning the required course units in that field and fulfilling any other designated requirements for the major. No more than 18 units in any one discipline may be counted toward the 36 units required for the baccalaureate degree.

Students with a major leading to the bachelor of science degree may count toward the 36 units for graduation no more than 22 major units, including courses in the discipline of the major and required, related courses in other disciplines. For the bachelor of arts degree, no more than 18 major units, including courses in the discipline of the major and required related courses in other disciplines, may be counted toward the 36 units for graduation. Students may complete more than the 22 and 18 major units respectively only if these units exceed the 36 for graduation.  The student must assume primary responsibility for scheduling and sequencing the courses necessary to satisfy the requirements of the major field.

Double Major

A student may elect to earn majors in two areas. In this event, the following guidelines are to be observed:

  • The selection of the double major should take place during the sophomore year so that the respective departments in which the student is majoring may have sufficient time to develop a manageable program.
  • A student must officially register for two major programs in the College by filing the proper form with the Academic Advisement Center, indicating on the Student Information Card the choice of majors, and having the official Student Advisement Form approved and signed by advisors from both departments.
  • A student electing the double major must meet the related course requirements of each of the disciplines, unless they are identical. Under such circumstances, a related course may be used to fulfill requirements for both disciplines.
  • Normally the student would complete the senior learning community in the primary major.
  • The degree conferred will be based on the student’s work in the primary major.
  • No more than 4 units of identical course work in a single academic discipline may be applied to fulfill requirements for both majors.


A concentration is a specialization within a major field of study. Students who select a major with a concentration option must complete the appropriate courses for the concentration. The concentration will be noted on the transcript. Students establish a concentration through the Academic Advisement Center.


A minor is defined as 5–7 units of acceptable courses in a single discipline. No more than 2 transfer units may apply to a minor. No more than 2 units of a minor may be applied to fulfill other requirements of the College major or a second minor. Each department or program, with the approval of the Academic Policy Committee, determines which courses are acceptable. Students seeking minors should consult the chair of the department or program in which the minor is undertaken. Students establish a minor through the Academic Advisement Center. A minor (or minors) will be noted on the transcript.

Elective Courses

Dedicated to the diversification of learning within the liberal arts, Wagner College limits the number of units a student may take in a major. Thus, each student must enroll in electives not directly linked with the area of major study. Chairs of departments and faculty advisors encourage and assist students in the major in achieving both specialized and balanced learning during their college career.