The arts and sciences curriculum builds on an exploration of a
variety of academic disciplines supplemented with in-depth study in a major field, and often a minor field. Sound academic
advising is essential.
Students should seek out members of the faculty and staff
to provide advisement. Ultimately, however, students are responsible for
understanding the academic regulations and for ensuring completion of
the coursework necessary for fulfillment of the degree requirements. Detailed explanations of the School of
Arts and Sciences (SAS) policies and degree requirements can be found on the SAS Office of Advising and Academic Services website.
Students have access to a number of special resources throughout their undergraduate career:
General Advising. All students admitted to the SAS receive academic advising and
select their first-semester courses during special academic advising programs. Students who are transferring from another institution will
receive a curriculum summary that shows the courses accepted for
transfer credit. For many of the courses on this summary, the awarded
credit will be indicated, but the specific Rutgers SAS equivalency, if
needed, must be determined later by the appropriate academic department.
the first year, students are urged to select their course registration in
consultation with an academic adviser based on interest and the results
of required writing, mathematics, and world language placement exams. Students are advised by members of the university
staff and by faculty members from various disciplines in the
humanities, social sciences, and science/mathematics areas. The deans
and advisers in the Office of Advising and Academic Services serve all students on a range of topics including major and minor identification and declaration, questions regarding the SAS Core Curriculum, cocurricular opportunities, and planning for graduation. See sasundergrad.rutgers.edu for further information.
Major Advisers. Students should develop an academic plan and are ordinarily expected to
declare their major and minor by the end of their fourth college semester.
Students should seek advice from their major department on a regular
basis to obtain guidance for research and internship opportunities,
special awards, career goals, graduate school applications, and other
Specialty Advisers. Students may seek specialty advice from a variety of sources, including
the Health Professions Office, Career Exploration and Success, Pre-Law Advising, a variety of
certificate programs, and others.
Degree Navigator. Students should routinely consult the Degree Navigator system (nbdn.rutgers.edu)
throughout their course of study at SAS. This online degree auditing program provides useful
information for monitoring progress in the major, the minor, and the SAS core curriculum. It is meant only to be a tool
and not a substitute for consultation with an academic adviser.