Concentration in a Department

A student must choose a curricular program and a major within a field of concentration no later than the end of the second year of study or the midpoint in the student’s college years. The choice must be filed with the registrar.

Minimum requirements for the concentration vary with the department. At least half of a student’s minimum requirements in the field of concentration must be taken at Vassar.

Of the 34 units required for the degree, students may not take more than 50 percent or 17 units in a single field of concentration. At least one-fourth of the 34 units, or 8 1/2 units, must be in one or more of the divisions of the curriculum outside the one in which the student is concentrating. This minimum may include interdepartmental courses or courses offered by the multidisciplinary programs. No more than 2 units of the 34 may be for physical activity courses in Physical Education. For students matriculating in 2014 or after, units earned from Advanced Placement exams will not  be permitted to count toward fulfillment of the minimum number outside the of the division of concentration. It is strongly recommended that students take courses in each of the four divisions at Vassar. Students are also expected to work in more than one department each semester.

These are the curricular divisions:

Arts Foreign Languages and Literatures Social Sciences Natural Sciences
Art
Dance
Drama
English
Film
Music
Physical Education
Arabic
Chinese
French and Francophone Studies
German Studies
Greek and Roman Studies Hebrew
Hispanic Studies
Italian
Japanese
Russian Studies
Anthropology
Economics
Education
Geography
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Religion
Sociology
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Cognitive Science
Computer Science
Earth Science
Mathematics
Physics
Psychology