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 Journalism, 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. 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 Off-Campus Study early in their Denison career to begin planning for off-campus study.