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 Designing your own Curriculum

Students at University College Roosevelt design their own curricula. A set of choice-rules is in place which guarantees that students make sensible choices. Nevertheless,​​ there is a great deal of freedom in which courses to take. Each UCR student is assigned a Tutor, the Tutor will help the student throughout this process.

In order to ensure that each student meets the academic standards at UCR, there are a number of obligatory courses. During their first year, students need to take an introductory course in Methods and Statistics. Students will also take the introductory course in English, Academic Writing and Presenting​.

Since many of our graduates pursue a career in an international environment, it is advantageous for them to learn multiple languages. Students at UCR can decide to take a course in a language.

Declaring a major

At the start of the second year, students must declare a major. The three most common majors are: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. In 2020, a fourth major will be added, Engineering. It is also possible to do an interdepartmental major. Within their major, students will focus on two or three tracks for a total of 9-11 courses. A track is a set of courses in the same field of study. Popular tracks include Politics, History, Life Sciences, Economics, Law, Biomedical Science and Literature.

Depending on their major, students will be required to take a number of obligatory courses. Arts & Humanities majors are required to take an Introduction to Rhetoric and Argumentation. Students majoring in the Social Sciences have to follow a 200-level in Methods and Statistics, while Science students need to take the 100-level Mathematics.

Choosing a minor

In addition to their major, students can also pursue a minor. A minor is a cluster of at least four related courses in a department outside of the student’s major. Some students choose a minor which is directly related to their major. Examples include Life Sciences majors who minor in Psychology, Literature majors who minor in Rhetoric and Argumentation, or Politics majors who minor in History. Alternatively, minors can be used to pursue an individual interest. Examples are Mathematics students with a passion for (and a minor in) Music, or Economics students who love Antiquity.

Required courses

Required for all students

  • Methods and Statistics 100
  • Academic Writing and Presenting 100
  • At least one course in each department
  • A Senior Project

Arts & Humanities majors

  • 9 courses from the A&H department
  • 100-level Rhetoric and Argumentation

Social Science majors

  • 9 courses from the SSC department
  • 200-level Methods and Statistics

Science majors

  • 11 courses from the SCI department
  • Calculus for Scientists

Engineering majors (from 2019 onwards)

  • 12 courses from the ENG department
  • Calculus for Scientists
Requirements for a minor
  • At least four related courses, of which at least one is 300-level. The courses must be in a field other than the major.