Our curriculum balances breadth with depth, building academic specialization upon a liberal arts foundation in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Responsive to new ways of learning, we continue to develop interdisciplinary integration of the many forms of knowledge. While our students pursue specialized learning in their chosen majors, they also develop the framework for an integrated intellectual life, spiritually and morally informed.
Electives may be chosen as a flexible mix to explore a variety of fields throughout Denison's curriculum or off-campus study. Students who want more structure in their choices of elective courses may pursue a minor, a concentration, or a second major.
Academic Minor: A minor provides a guided plan of study within a discipline but with fewer requirements than a major. Typically, minors require core courses, beginning and advanced coursework in the field, and electives. Minors afford students a structured opportunity to enrich or complement their majors, or to engage a separate academic field. Most departments and programs offering majors also offer a minor; in addition, a minor is offered in Astronomy.
Concentration: A concentration provides an interdisciplinary program of study that augments or complements a student's major. Concentrations are designed to require a depth of study in a field that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Typically, a concentration will be linked to a student's major. Denison offers concentrations in the following fields: Computational Science, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Narrative Nonfiction, Neuroscience, and Queer Studies. In addition, there are a few concentrations available only to majors in certain disciplines (in Economics: Financial Economics, and Economics with a Mathematics Concentration; and, in Geosciences: Geophysics Concentration). Two opportunities similar to a concentration are the Lugar Program and Organizational Studies. For further information, please consult Lugar Program, page 184 and Organizational Studies, page 211 regarding these programs. Students interested in these fields should talk with appropriate faculty soon after they have begun their Denison careers.
Off-Campus Study: Off-campus study can play a dramatic role in a Denison education. By placing students in educational settings that intentionally combine classroom and experiential learning, off-campus study provides the opportunity for students to hone their intellectual skills and to cultivate the civic engagement associated with a liberal arts education. Denison maintains a list of accepted off-campus programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. The current list may be found at http://denison.edu/academics/off-campus. It is strongly recommended that students interested in off-campus study make an appointment with the Director of OffCampus Study early in their Denison career to begin planning for off-campus study. For further information, please consult Off-Campus Study, page 207.