Why do I need electives?

To confer a bachelor's degree, students must complete at least 120 credits.  These credits are split between general education credits, major credits, and finally electives.  Depending on your program, the number of elective credits will change depending on how many major credits you must complete. These credits ensure that your degree is meeting all our accreditation standards.

Electives can be any undergraduate course (100-400 level) that you have not already taken or transferred in. You can see a list of courses offered in the academic catalog.  If you are unsure if you have completed a course you can check with your Student Advisor. 

Undergraduate students that have more than 15 elective credits required could add a specialization. Specializations count towards elective credits. If you would like to have a specialization added, please contact your advisor. 

The majority of graduate programs do not have elective requirements but instead require a graduate specialization.  You can read more about those here.