2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Other Programs

English Language Institute

David Lind, Director
700 University Avenue, Suite 207

English Language Institute (ELI) courses are designed for international students who are interested in short-term or long-term study to improve their English skills. This full-time intensive program is offered through the College of Professional Studies. Four levels of Academic English courses are offered. Many of the students have been conditionally admitted to Syracuse University and need to increase their English proficiency before enrolling in a degree program. Completion of the level 4 (high intermediate) course satisfies the university’s requirement for most undergraduate programs.

Highly qualified instructors, a great deal of personal attention, and a rigorous academic English curriculum enable students to make the necessary progress. For more information about the ELI, call 315-443-8571, email elimail@syr.edu, or visit the website at eli.syr.edu.


Gerald R. Greenberg, Senior Associate Dean
441 Hall of Languages, 315-443-2014

The Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) of the College of Arts and Sciences supports a variety of innovative educational and experimental programs in departments and programs across the College. The Center helps students complement traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out‐of‐classroom learning experiences. These experiences represent active learning at its best, tapping students’ creativity, curiosity, and drive. These kinds of opportunities also enable students to apply their knowledge to projects and experiences that engage with current issues and develop skills helpful in making career choices. Students may choose to earn academic or experience credit.

Funding opportunities:

iLEARN has funds available for use by arts and sciences undergraduate students, faculty, and departments/programs for eligible projects. Eligibility is dependent on a project’s relevance to the types of educational activities listed in the mission statement. Inquiries should be made to the director of iLEARN.

Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service (Shaw Center)

Pamela Kirwin Heintz, Associate Vice President & Director
111 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244, 315-443-3051

The Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (SHAW CENTER) enhances student learning and success by supporting the high impact practice of academic engagement in which students apply knowledge, skills and values in diverse community settings that address global issues and complex social problems. 

Since opening in 1994, the SHAW CENTER has consulted with faculty, provided orientations, identified and mitigated risk/liability issues, and supported monitoring and evaluation. The center provides organizational information about placements in nonprofit and/or public organizations for those seeking community based service learning/research opportunities; helps create and facilitate campus-community partnerships; and supports ongoing academic programs, projects, and courses that foster community based service learning/research on the local, national and global levels.

Additionally, the SHAW CENTER offers a variety of curricular and co-curricular service opportunities at nonprofit and/or public organizations. Every college within the University offers community based service learning/research opportunities for students.

The Program

Students participate in the community based service components of their courses by completing a predetermined number of service hours at a community site, engaging in semester-long projects or community based research. Under the direction of the course professor, teaching assistants, academic managers, and SHAW CENTER professional staff, students can keep journals, write papers, do action based research, and present projects and reports to reflect on and process their community service experiences. The course professor assumes grading responsibility. Academic credit for the community based learning experience is awarded by the professor through credit for the course.


Students are invited to visit the SHAW CENTER office or web site at http://shawcenter.syr.edu/ to learn more about experiential learning in the community academic options. Students are encouraged to discuss course options that interest them with the appropriate faculty advisor before registering. Students can, with the approval of the professor, request individual placements within courses to enhance assignments or course goals. The SHAW CENTER will work to help the student and professor develop and implement an appropriate placement, as well as assist with the reflection and processing of the experience, when appropriate.

Office of Pre-College Programs

Christopher Cofer, Executive Director
700 University Avenue

High school students can explore college majors and potential careers in college-level courses at Syracuse University. In the Accelerated Semester Online program, high school students can take 3-credit 8-week online courses during the academic year. In the Summer College program, high school students are immersed in the full college experience and can choose from 100+ credit and noncredit courses in ten of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges. For more information, contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at 315-443-5000 or precollege@syr.edu, and visit https://precollege.syr.edu/.

Over the Line (OTL)

Kal Srinivas, Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs

ShawnMarie Parry, Assistant Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs


With a renewed focus on retention and graduation, Syracuse University implemented Over the Line (OTL). For qualifying students who need 11 or fewer credits to graduate, this program reduces per-credit tuition rate for summer sessions.

The OTL program is dedicated to assisting students successfully complete their degree requirements and graduate. To qualify for the OTL, students must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed 8 full-time semesters at Syracuse University (not including summer) for four-year program
  • Completed 10 full-time semesters at Syracuse University (not including summer) for five-year program
  • Be within four to six years of first semester at Syracuse University
  • Need 11 or fewer credits to complete degree requirements
  • Receive OTL eligibility confirmation from school/college academic advisor or OTL representative
  • MUST graduate by August of the current year
  • Have filed a Diploma Request on MySlice for the summer of the current year

For more information about SSUI, call 315-443-1031, email OTL@syr.edu or visit https://studentsuccess.syr.edu/graduation-initiatives/over-the-line/

Renée Crown University Honors Program

Professor Danielle Taana Smith, Director
306 Bowne Hall, 315-443-2759

The Renée Crown University Honors Program is a selective, demanding, and rewarding program for outstanding students who seek intense intellectual challenge and are prepared to invest the extra effort needed to meet that challenge. It is marked by four distinguishing characteristics:

  • heightened expectations;
  • participation in a vibrant and active community of learners;
  • intensity of intellectual experience; and
  • unique intellectual opportunities and responsibilities.

The program is open to qualified students from all undergraduate majors at Syracuse University. Program requirements stipulate that they demonstrate the attributes of depth, breadth, command of language, global awareness, civic engagement, and collaborative capacity by successfully completing the following:


  1. An Honors thesis project.
  2. Interdisciplinary and rigorous coursework.


1. An Honors orientation experience.
  1. Twelve credits of Honors-specific coursework from at least two of the following divisions: humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences/mathematics. At least six credits must have the HNR prefix. The remaining six credits may have the HNR prefix, or be Honors sections of regular, departmental courses.

2.  Interdisciplinary work

  1. An approved three-credit HNR or other course with substantive interdisciplinary content.
  2. In unique cases, a clearly interdisciplinary thesis project, with prior approval from the Honors Program and from the student’s major department.


  1. The thesis project.
  2. An executive summary within the thesis project.
  3. One course or experience with a substantial public presentation requirement.


One global course and one global experience, one of which must have a non-Eurocentric focus.

  1. A global course can be completed through an Honors or non-Honor course.
  2. A global experience can be completed through:
    • Ability in a language other than English at a level of 201 or higher;
    • An internship or other work with a documented global perspective for at least 50 hours;
    • A semester or summer abroad in a University-approved international study program;
    • An Honors-approved, short-term program that includes an international study component; 
    • At least one semester of residence in a Learning Community with an international focus;
    • Participation in the University’s Maxwell in Washington Undergraduate Semester residency program (IR/DC);
    • An approved, sustained, reciprocal mentoring partnership with international students for one semester under the aegis of the Center for International Services.

If the requirements of a student’s major pose a significant impediment to completing this requirement, the student may, with prior approval, satisfy the requirement by completing two global courses, at least one of which must be non-Eurocentric.

Civic Engagement

Complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service to campus organizations, the local Syracuse community or at home, or through non-paid internships with non-profit organizations.

Collaborative Capacity

Demonstrate the ability to work in effective and productive collaboration with peers. 

  1. An approved Honors or non-Honors course that requires completing a substantive collaborative project with a minimum of three team members; or
  2. An off-campus project (which may be completed through an internship, field experience, or other activity), resulting in a deliverable artifact, such as a report, presentation or performance that is reviewed and approved by the Honors Program.


All courses taken to fulfill the above requirements must be completed with a grade of B or higher. Honors students must complete the program with a grade point average at least at the cum laude level in their home schools or colleges (for School of Architecture students, 3.2; for all other schools and colleges, 3.4).

Upon completion of these requirements, “Renée Crown University Honors” is awarded on the diploma and listed under “Awards and Honors” on the transcript.


For a listing of current and past Honors courses offered each semester, visit: Courses - Renée Crown University Honors Program (syr.edu)

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Syracuse University offers both Army and Air Force ROTC. 

Both ROTC programs include introduction to their respective service during the freshmen and sophomore years, and advanced courses taken during the junior and senior years. Each program offers commissions into their respective service for those students who complete the course requirements and meet all other mandatory prerequisites. Uniforms and ROTC textbooks are furnished at no cost. ROTC course credits awarded towards graduation degree requirements are determined by the individual schools and colleges.

Interested students should inquire at either ROTC office of their choice. Students are encouraged to visit the offices in the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) building at 101 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse.
Army ROTC, Suite 210; Syracuse University Army ROTC - OVMA - Syracuse University
315-443-2462; armyrotc@syr.edu
Air Force ROTC, Suite 214; Syracuse University Air Force ROTC - OVMA - Syracuse University
315-443-2461, afdet535@syr.edu


Students in the Army ROTC program receive Military Science & Leadership (MSL) instruction in preparation for service as Officers in the U.S. Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Army ROTC education emphasizes: the development of leadership and management skills; decision making and problem solving; ethics; the duties and responsibilities of junior Army officers; the fundamental concepts of military art and science; and an understanding of national security requirements.

In addition to a weekly class, all students participate in a weekly three-hour leadership laboratory. This period of instruction is largely student-planned, directed, and provides opportunities for realistic leadership experience. It emphasizes leadership, basic military skills, decision making and problem solving. Students also participate in the Army ROTC fitness class (PED 200   ) each semester. This class is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30 to 7:30. Total weekly time requirement is approximately 9 hours between class, lab, and the PED fitness course.

In their junior year cadets prepare for Cadet Summer Training, a 35-day assessment course, which takes place at Fort Knox, KY typically during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Weekend field training exercises are held once a semester at Fort Drum, New York.

Army ROTC Military Science & Leadership (MSL) Courses

MSL courses are offered at variable credit options of 0-3 credits applicable to accommodate academic degree plans. PED 200 is offered at 1 credit hour.

Fall Semester: 

MSL 101 - Leadership and Development  
MSL 201 - Innovative Team Leadership  
MSL 301 - Leading Small Organizations    
MSL 401 - Military Professionalism and Ethics
PED 200 - Selected Topics  - Physical Fitness Course 

Spring Semester 

MSL 102 - Foundations of the US Army  
MSL 202 - Leadership and Problem Solving   
MSL 302 - Advanced Leadership  
MSL 402 - Leadership in a Complex World  
PED 200 - Selected Topics  - Physical Fitness Course 

Air Force ROTC 

The goal of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is to commission second lieutenants into the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Students completing the Air Force ROTC program will serve as commissioned officers on active duty for a minimum of four years after graduation. Students learn to lead, critically and creatively think, and effectively communicate throughout their time in the program. 

Those undergraduate students not on an AFROTC scholarship may enroll in the AFROTC program as a freshman and sophomore without incurring a military service obligation. Enrollment in the AFROTC program is available to select graduate students who will have six to eight more semesters remaining at the time of the next fall registration.

The undergraduate students who earn an AFROTC scholarship receive tuition benefits, a $900 per year textbook allowance, and a monthly stipend of $300-$500 during the academic year. Syracuse University will also provide a full room and board grant to those AFROTC scholarship recipients. 

Students in the AFROTC program enroll in an Aerospace Studies (ASC) course each semester. Students take ASC 205 (fall)and ASC 206  (spring) during the first year and ASC 295  / O&M 295  (fall) and ASC 296  / O&M 296  (spring) during the second year. These courses comprise the General Military Course curriculum and meet for an hour each week. During their junior year, students enroll in ASC 305 /O&M 405  (fall) and ASC 306 /O&M 406 (spring) and enroll in ASC 405 (fall) and ASC 406 (spring) as a senior. These courses comprise the Professional Officer Course curriculum and meet two times per week for total of three hours a week.

Air Force and Space Force officers and noncommissioned officers teach the required Aerospace Studies academic courses. These active-duty personnel are sponsored associates of Syracuse University and hold the academic title of Professor or Assistant Professor for the duration of their assignment.

Aside from attending academic classes, cadets attend a two-hour Leadership Laboratory each week. Leadership Laboratory provides instruction in Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, expeditionary skills, and solving group leadership problems. Instruction is conducted by the cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to further develop leadership potential. Cadets also build camaraderie through physical training sessions several times per week.

Cadets compete to attend Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. The training is several weeks long and is a required activity to progress in the AFROTC program. Field Training provides each cadet with leadership training, familiarity with group dynamics, physical fitness training, and a chance to experience life in an active Air Force environment.

Cadets can be competitively selected to participate in Professional Development Training programs around the country throughout the calendar year as a unique opportunity to further develop and hone their leadership skills.

Aerospace Studies General Military Course Classes

ASC 101  and ASC 102 - Leadership Lab  
ASC 205  and ASC 206 - Introduction to the Department of the Air Force Heritage and Values  
ASC 201   and ASC 202 - Leadership Lab  
ASC 295 or O&M 295 - Team & Leadership Fundamentals  and
ASC 296  or O&M 296 - Team & Leadership Fundamentals  

Aerospace Studies Professional Officer Course Classes

ASC 301    and ASC 302 - Leadership Lab  
ASC 305    or O&M 405 - Leading People and Effective Communication  and  
ASC 306    or O&M 406 - Leading People and Effective Communication  
ASC 401    and ASC 402 - Leadership Lab  
ASC 405   and 
ASC 406 - National Security, Leadership Responsibilities, and Commissioning Preparation  

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Professor of Aerospace Studies
101 Waverly Avenue
Suite 214
Syracuse, NY 13244


Student Success Initiative (SSUI)

Kal Srinivas, Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs
ShawnMarie Parry, Assistant Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs

Supporting undergraduate student success and degree completion, Student Success Initiative (SSUI) partners with Syracuse University’s schools and colleges, to provide the opportunity to get back on track academically. Participants can earn 6-9 credits toward graduation at a discounted rate during summer.

The SSUI program is committed to the retention of students. To qualify for the SSUI program, students must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Below 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Below 2.0 semester GPA
  • On academic warning or probation
  • Off-track for graduation or failure to make sufficient progress toward degree

For more information about SSUI, call 315-443-1031, email SSUI@syr.edu or visit https://studentsuccess.syr.edu/graduation-initiatives/student-success-initiative/.


Kal Srinivas, Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs
ShawnMarie Parry, Assistant Director for Retention and Student Success
Retention and Student Success
Academic Affairs

Syracuse University SummerStart is a six-week residential, credit-bearing program that coincides with the six weeks second session. This program is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to campus life, get ahead for the fall semester and set a strong foundation for their success here on campus and beyond. Students participate in a wide range of academic and social activities. Students become familiar with the faculty and staff and learn about all the campus resources available to them. 

For more information about SummerStart, call 315-443-1031, email SummerStart@syr.edu or visit https://studentsuccess.syr.edu/summerstart/

Summer Programs

Summer Sessions

  • MAYmester - an intensive, two-week session
  • Six Week First - six weeks (mid-May to late June)
  • Six Week Second - six weeks (early July to mid-August)
  • Eight Week First - eight weeks (early May to early July)
  • Eight Week Second- eight weeks (early July to Mid-August)
  • Combined Session - 12-week session (mid-May to mid-August)

Flex Format Session

  • Courses that do not coincide with the designated terms associated with the University’s published official terms.

Attending summer sessions enables students to take courses they could not enroll in during other semesters. Additionally, students visiting from other colleges can, with permission from their home school, take courses at Syracuse University during the summer and transfer their credits to their own university.

The Summer Course Schedule is available at the beginning of March. Students may also search for classes in MySlice

Syracuse Abroad

Syracuse Abroad
106 Walnut Place
Erika Wilkens Assistant Provost & Executive Director for Syracuse Abroad
1-800-235-3472, http://suabroad.syr.edu

Did you know that about half of all Syracuse University students study abroad? Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s highest quality programs, Syracuse Abroad offers a variety of options and signature features:

  • Year-long, semester, summer, and short-term programs;
  • Language at any level (beginner to advanced);
  • Immersive homestay experiences;
  • Assured guidance from staff and faculty abroad;
  • Once-in-a-lifetime internships, field experiences, and credit-bearing Signature Seminars;
  • Courses award Syracuse University credit; and
  • Financial aid travels with you.  Study Abroad grants & other scholarships are available.

Syracuse Abroad maintains centers in Santiago, Chile; London, United Kingdom; Strasbourg, France, Florence, Italy; Madrid, Spain; and a special fall semester program in Central Europe.

Our World Partner programs provide semester-long opportunities in many additional locations, including Australia, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and more. Our Summer and short-term programs allow students to study abroad during academic breaks and pick from over 35 different programs around the world.