Sac State University Policy Manual

Program For Bachelor Of Arts/Bachelor Of Science: Special Major

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Authority: FS 13/14-41
Effective Date:1/99; February 21, 2014
Updated: February 21, 2014
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: FSP00020.htm

I. Special Major Definition
A. The Special Major for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree is designed for those students whose needs and goals cannot be met by existing degrees authorized by this University.
B. The special major degree can be a first and only major, or a second major.
C. Special majors will be approved only in academic areas where sufficient course work exists to provide the necessary depth and breadth for planning a comprehensive academic program.
D. Programs will be interdisciplinary in nature and will require at least six units of coursework in each of at least two academic units. In addition, review and approval by at least two faculty advisers (chosen from the academic units in which these courses will be taken) is required.
E. Programs are not to duplicate existing University degree programs, minors or certificates, and the requirements are to equal or exceed those for other campus degree programs.
F. A program does not qualify for Special Major designation until it has received the approval of all individuals (advisers, chairs, associate deans, and the Dean for Undergraduate Studies.) All approvals should be obtained at least one year in advance of graduation date.
G. Approved programs must meet specific educational and career objectives and learning outcomes that are set forth by the student and approved by the student's advisers for the major, the appropriate Department Chairs and Associate Dean(s), and the Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Office of Academic Affairs.

II. Specific Grade Point Average Requirement
Before submitting the application to begin work on the Special Major, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on all course work completed to that point.

III. Specific Unit Requirements:
A. A minimum total of 120 units are required for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Special Major.
B. No more than 6 units may be in Independent Study (199 or similar courses) and Fieldwork (195 or similar courses).
C. The unit requirements for the major are:

BA: no less than 24 units with at least 12 upper division units
BS: no less than 36 units with at least 18 upper division units

NOTE: All other University requirements for a Bachelor's degree, such as State Code, General Education, upper division requirements, etc., must be met.

In all cases, at least two-thirds of the upper division units must be taken in residence at California State University, Sacramento.

Information, procedures and forms can be located on the Sacramento State General Education Program website: