BAIS - Degree Requirements

The minimum requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:
  1. completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
  2. cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00.
  3. cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 in the upper-level courses completed at FDU.
  4. upper-level credit courses: of the courses completed at FDU 24 credits (eight courses) must be upper-level.
  5. at least 30 credits, normally the last 30, must be completed at FDU.
  6. residency requirement/time limit on degree completion as explained below.

A transfer student may transfer credit achieved through either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing University policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence, including at least 50 percent of the credits required for upper-level course selections to be taken at FDU. Any course work completed more than 10 years before the projected date of awarding the degree (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency by the appropriate department. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will recommend courses to familiarize the student with more recent developments.

Communication, Mathematics and Computer Requirements  18 credits
Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements   24 credits
University Core Requirement 12 credits
International Perspective 3 credits
Specialized Studies Requirement 18 credits

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.


  • Writing: minimum 9 credits (3 courses)
    Any combination of freshman writing and advanced-level writing courses or their equivalents at other institutions. At least one advanced-level writing course must be taken at FDU. (Courses labeled Fundamentals of Composition are considered precollege level and do not count toward meeting degree requirements.)
  • Oral Communication: 3 credits
    (1 course) - Public Speaking
  • Mathematics: 3 credits (1 course)
    At least one college-level math course, finite math or a more advanced course.
  • Computer Skills: 3 credits (1 course)
    Fundamentals of Computer Use.

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 sciences and
  3. natural sciences.

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 knowl - edge has been accumulated and how unsolved problems remain a challenge to humanity.


  • Humanities: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from at least two of the following areas:
    • Art History/Appreciation
    • Foreign Language
    • History
    • Literature
    • Music History/ Appreciation
    • Philosophy
    • Theater History
  • Social Sciences: 9 credits (3 courses)
    Nine credits from atleast two of the following areas:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
  • Natural Sciences: 6 credits (2 courses)
    Six credits selected from the following areas. At least one must be a laboratory science course. A first-year science course for majors may be substituted for any of the recommended courses listed below:
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology, Physical Science)
    • Life Sciences (Biology)
    • Physics

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.

Required courses:

INTER 1009* Perspectives on the Individual
INTER 2013* The American Experience:The Quest for Freedom
UNIV 2001* Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV 2002* Global Issues

It should be noted that transfer students entering with 30–59 credits are required to take only three Core courses:

INTER 1009* Perspectives on the Individual
UNIV 2001* Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV 2002* Global Issues

Those entering with 60 or more credits are required to take only two Core courses:

INTER 1009* Perspectives on the Individual
UNIV 2002* Global Issues

International Perspective
3 Credits (1 Course)

The world is no longer composed of countries that are isolated from each other. Economic, political and cultural independ - ence 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 Requirement
18 Credits

The Bachelor of Arts in individualized studies, in addition to providing certain skills and broad exposure to the major bodies of knowledge, also allows the opportunity to pursue a single area of study in depth or any other combination of courses that fit into an individualized cohesive course of study, including appropriate certificate programs. Undergraduate certificate programs are offered in automotive enterprise studies, aviation enterprise, business and applied technology, business and communications, contemporary cyber communication, global transportation studies, health and human services administration, hospitality management*, leadership administration, public service administration, security and terrorism studies, stewardship and sustainability and transit safety and security. A specialization in hospitality management through the Bachelor of Arts in individualized studies program is also offered on the Metropolitan Campus and at the College of Florham. It is required that a minimum of 18 credits be completed in a single discipline or recognized concentration. Certain limitations apply, including a restriction on the number of courses offered by the Silberman College of Business that can be completed and applied toward the degree.

The University Core and Freshman Seminar programs are undergoing modifications that will go into effect for students entering the University in fall 2015. Students entering in fall 2015 will be advised concerning the appropriate Core and Freshman Seminar courses to take. The new requirements will be published in the 2015–2016 addendum to the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.
**21 credits required under the specialized area in addition to 18 hotel/restaurant/tourism management credits required in the free elective section, only leaving 24 free elective credits to complete the degree.