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.
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 some 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.
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://www.denison.edu/offcampus/. 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 careers to begin the planning process for off-campus study.
For further information, please consult Off-Campus Study.