Degree Requirements

 

Program Highlights

  • Bachelor of Arts & Associate of Arts Degree Program
  • Generous Transfer Credit Policy
  • Maximum 50% Scholarship Opportunity
  • FAFSA Application Process Support
  • 10:1 Student Faculty Ratio & Individualized Curriculum
  • Bilingual/English Classes & Academic Tutoring
  • Various Experiential Learning
  • Free ESL Courses with 6-Credit Coursework
  • Audit Courses for Senior Citizens (Age 65+)
  • Flexible Weekdays, Weekend & Online Classes

 

Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (120 Credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the educational needs of adult learners. It provides non-traditional students with a variety of options in meeting University requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the business or liberal arts. Specializing in business and liberal arts, the students gains a deeper understanding of communication, management, applied technology and business in the world economy.

 
Communication, Mathematics and Computer Requirements: 18 Credits (6 Courses)

The ability to use the English language orally and in writing, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the Bachelor of Arts in individualized studies program.

Requirements
  • Writing: minimum 9 credits (3 courses)
  • Oral Communication: 3 credits (1 course)
  • Mathematics: 3 credits (1 course)
  • Computer Skills: 3 credits (1course)
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements: 24 Credits (8 Courses)

A breadth and depth of study in the following areas is required of all degree candidates:

  1. Humanities

  2. Social Science

  3. Natural Science

Students will be exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas, the purpose of which is to gain insight into how the concerns of people are interrelated, how knowledge has been accumulated and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.

Requirements:

  1. Humanities: 9 Credits (3 Courses)

  • Art History/Appreciation
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music History/ Appreciation
  • Philosophy
  • Theater History

  2. Social Sciences: 9 credits (3 courses)

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

  3. Natural Sciences: 6 Credits (2 Courses)

  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology, Physical Science)
  • Life Sciences (Biology)
  • Physics

  4. University Core Requirement 12 Credits (4 Courses)

Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete a common University Core curriculum consisting of four integrated courses with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts.

Requirements:
CORE 1001 Perspective on the Individual
CORE 2002 The American Experience
CORE 2003 Cross-Cultural Perspectives
CORE 3004 Global Issues
 
International Perspective: 3Credits (1 Course)

The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political and cultural independence have been replaced by interdependence. In the 21st century, knowledge of other countries is essential. This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, business, economics, fine arts, history, literature, music, philosophy, political science and sociology.

 
Specialized Studies (Business / Liberal Arts): 18-24 Credits (6-8 Courses)

The coursework in the Specialized Studies Area is designed to provide broad intellectual exposure to a single discipline or a combination of disciplines approved by an advisor. The structure of these specializations allows students to develop the skill sets that will enable them to operate more effectively in today’s business environment.

The specialized studies area consists of 18-24 credits in a single discipline or combination of disciplines approved by an adviser and recognized as a cohesive concentration. A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Free Elective: 39-45 Credits

Courses in this area are selected to complement the area of specialized studies chosen by the student.

 

 

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts (60 Credits)

Candidates for an Associate of Arts degree must complete 60 credits of acceptable college work. A graduate will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in oral and written forms using technology as a tool to enhance presentation when appropriate. An FDU graduate will also demonstrate competency in critical thinking that encompasses dimensions of informations logic and ethical analysis

 

Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills Requirements: 12 credits (4 Courses)

The ability to use the English language, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols, and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the program.

  • ENGL 1111  Literature & Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1112  Literature & Composition II (3 credits)
  • MATH 1131 College Mathematics I (3 credits)

                              or

  • MATH 1141 Mathematical Methods (3 credits)
  • MIS 1135     Intro to Computers (3 credits)

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements: 27 credits (9 Courses)

Students are exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas.

  1. Humanities: 18 Credits (6 Courses)

At least one course from each of the following areas must be represented: 

  • Fine Arts, Cultural Arts or Film
  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy

  2. Social Sciences: 6 Credits (2 Courses)

At least two of the following areas must be represented:

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

  3. Natural Sciences 3 Credits (1 Course)

A course in one of the following areas:

  • Life sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Physics

 

University Core Requirements 6 credits (2 Courses)

Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete this common University Core curriculum that has a strong emphasis on liberal arts:

  • CORE 1001 Perspectives on the Individual
  • CORE 3004 Global Issues

 

Free Electives Requirements: 15-18 Credits

Students should consult with their advisor for help in selecting from the many varied course offerings. Electives can be chosen to form a concentration in an area such as business or liberal arts. Certain courses may be important in the development of an upper-division major.