General Education, Majors, Electives



Electives may be chosen as a flexible mix to explore a variety of fields throughout Denison's curriculum or to study off-campus. Students who desire 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.


A concentration provides an interdisciplinary program of study that augments or complements a student's major. Concentrations are designed to require 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, Geophysics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Neuroscience, and Queer Studies. Two other opportunities similar to a concentration are the Lugar Program and Organizational Studies. Students interested in these fields should talk with appropriate faculty soon after they have begun their Denison careers.

For further information, please consult Lugar Program and Organizational Studies regarding these programs.

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 It is strongly recommended that students interested in off-campus study make an appointment with the Director of Off- Campus Study early in their Denison career to begin planning for off-campus study.

For further information, please consult Off-Campus Study.