The college places a maximum number of semester hours (required plus elective courses) in the major department, discipline or program as follows: for both the BA and BS, the maximum number of hours allowed within the major is limited to 56. The purpose of the 56-hour rule is to ensure a diverse and well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education.
**Note: Courses applying to Core Intellectual Competency requirements (English Composition I & II and Mathematics) are not included in this calculation.
A minimum of 45 credit hours of upper-division work must be completed.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
A maximum of 9 semester hours of internship credit are allowed toward the 120 semester hours applied toward graduation.
A maximum of 12 semester hours of independent study is allowed toward the 120 semester hours applied toward graduation.
A maximum of 8 credit hours of Physical Education courses is allowed toward the 120 semester hours applied toward graduation.
Courses used to satisfy major, minor or foreign language requirement or to demonstrate proficiency cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
No more than 6 hours pass/fail are allowed in any semester. A maximum of 16 semester hours may be taken pass/fail.
CLAS Residence Requirements
Students must earn a minimum of 30 residence semester hours with letter grades in CLAS at CU Denver.
For students who exceed the minimum 30-hour residence requirement, a minimum of 21 out of the last 30 semester hours applied toward graduation requirements must be in residence in CLAS at CU Denver.
Departments maintain a residence requirement for the major, minor and certificates. Students should consult with a faculty advisor concerning departmental residence requirements.
CLAS Graduation Requirements
(Take in addition to the University Core)
Credits that are already being applied to the CU Denver Undergraduate Core Curriculum may not be applied toward the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduation requirements.
Communicative Skills (3 hours)
One course in communicative skills from the following list, with a minimum grade of C-:
Foreign Language- Second semester proficiency (0-10 hours)
Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through:
- A second-semester-level course (1020) with a minimum grade of C- (1.70)
- Satisfactory proficiency testing or
- Completion of a second-year (Level II) high school course with a minimum grade of C- (1.70).
Humanities (3 hours)
One additional course with an ENGL (LIT), HIST, HEHM, HUMN, PHIL or RLST prefix or a Spanish, French, German, Chinese culture or literature course. Students may not use a language course to satisfy this requirement.
ENGL, HIST, FREN, PHIL and SPAN majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.
Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
One additional course with an ANTH, COMM, or PSYC prefix, except ANTH 1303, ANTH 3301, ANTH 3512 or PSYC 2220.
ANTH, COMM and PSYC majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.
Social Sciences (3 hours)
One additional course with an ECON, ETST, GEOG, PBHL, PSCI, or SOCY prefix, or ENVS 1342 or SJUS 2000, except ETST 2155, GEOG 1202, GEOG 3232 and GEOG 3240.
ECON, GEOG, PSCI and SOCY majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.
Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics (3-4 hours)
One additional course in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, math (except MATH 3040 and course taken for math Intellectual Competency requirement). If you have only taken one science course with a lab, this course MUST have a lab.
Also allowed are ANTH 1303, 3301 and 3512; ENVS 1042; GEOG 1202, 3232 and 3240; or PSYC 2220.
BIOL, CHEM, MATH and PHYS majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours of CLAS Graduation Requirements: 15-26
Complete all requirements associated with your individual major.