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Open-Enrolled Arts and Sciences

Available Options

Major only: no degrees awarded in this area. Students who begin with an Open-Enrolled major must declare a major by the start of their junior year.


Program Overview

The Open-Enrolled offers structured and professional guidance, cohort support, and access to opportunities designed to aid students in discovering their strengths, goals, and career path. Through courses in the Drake Curriculum, Open-Enrolled students explore many fields of study while completing progress toward their degrees, allowing for both thoughtful consideration of the major path, and the ability to stay on track for graduation.

Specialized advising, peer mentoring, networking events, and career exploration workshops for Open-Enrolled students allow students to choose a major knowing that the choice is informed by active self-discovery and participation in coursework. This program provides students with the resources needed to succeed, graduate on time, and to navigate the university and their future chosen major. Open-Enrolled students must declare a major by the start of the junior year, although 75% of students have selected a major by the end of their first year.


Major Requirements

No specific coursework is required for the Open-Enrolled major, but the following introductory coursework provides a strong foundation for students’ major exploration and progress toward graduation:

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - 3-D Design 3
ART 015 - Drawing I 3
ASTR 001/001L - Intro to Astronomy (with lab) 3
BIO 012/012L - General and Pre-Professional Biology I (with lab) 4
CHEM 001/003 - General Chemistry I (with lab) 4
CS 065 - Intro to Computer Science 3
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ENG 038 - Literary Study 3
ENG 039 - Writing Seminar 3
ENSP 035/036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science (with lab) 4
HIST 001 - Passages to 1750 3
HIST 075 - U.S. History to 1877 3
JMC 030 - Communication in Society 3
JMC 031 - Multimedia Lab 1
Language Courses (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) 3
LPS 001 - Intro to Law, Politics and Society 3
LPS 002 - Critical Concepts in Law, Politics and Society 3
MATH 020 - College Algebra 4
MATH 028 - Business Calculus 3
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
NSCI 001 - Intro to Neuroscience 3
PHIL 021 - Intro to Philosophy 3
POLS 001 - American Political System 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
POLS 075 - World Politics 3
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology 4
REL 001 - Intro to Religion 3
SCSA 002 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
SCSG 002 - Human Geography 3
SCSG 003 - World Geography 3
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
SCSR 024 - Rhetoric as a Liberal Art 3
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
Discipline-Specific Introductory Courses (1 credit)
BCMB 005 - Intro to Molecular Science 1
BIO 015 - Introduction to Biology 1
BUS 001 - The Business Profession .5
CHEM 005 - Intro to Molecular Science 1
EDUC 001 - Intro to Education 1
HONR 001 - Honors Practicum 1
PHY 005 - Introductory Topics in Physics 0-4

*Approved by the Arts and Sciences Council on October 8, 2014.

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