University of Rochester

Foundation, Core & Elective Courses


FOUNDATION COURSES – Students in the major program must take three foundation courses – one course from engineering (either ME104Q or ME106), one from architecture (either AH107 or AH243), and one from archaeology (either CLA220 or CLA221). The minor requires only two foundation courses, one of which must be from engineering (either ME104Q or ME106) and the other may be from architecture or archaeology (AH107, AH243, CLA220, CLA221).

CORE COURSES – Depending on their program, students in the major take three or four core courses selected from the four cores: Engineering; Archaeology and Architecture; History; and Science, Technology and Society. Foundation courses not taken for the foundation requirement can be used as core courses. For Track A Majors taking four core courses, at least three courses must be chosen from the same core. For Track B Majors taking three core courses, at least two core courses must be chosen from the same core. The minor program requires two core courses, which may be selected from different cores.

ELECTIVE COURSES – Depending on their program, students in the major take three or four elective courses, which must be selected from the list of electives or from the list of core courses. The minor may include a single elective, or two depending on their program.

OVERLAP POLICY – No more than three courses in the major (two courses in the minor) may overlap with a separate major or minor.

ROCHESTER CURRICULUM DIVISIONAL REQUIREMENT – Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the major can be designed to meet the requirements of any one of the three academic divisions of The College (Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences/Engineering) by selecting specific core and elective courses within the major such that at least 6 of the 11 required courses come from the same division. The decision to assign the major to a specific division is made at the time the student is admitted into the major. The minor saitisfies any of the three divisions by selecting 4 of the 6 courses from the same division.

TRANSFER COURSES – The program allows for three transfer courses (12 credits in total) to be applied towards the major, but transfer courses cannot be used to satisfy the foundation courses requirement. Transfer courses must be approved by the program director.

UPPER LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT - Students satisfy the upper level writing requirement either by completing two ‘W’ courses from the list of upper-level writing courses below (Track A), or by writing the senior thesis/project report (Track B). “W” courses need to be taken in addition to the foundation requirements (thus, the same course cannot fulfill both the foundation and the writing requirement). Students can enroll in W courses only after having completed the primary writing requirement (WRT 105).

  • ME 107W Mechanics and Optics in Antiquity (Core 1)
  • ME 206W Building Engineering and Technology in Antiquity (Core 1)
  • CLA 204W Engineering and Society in Classical Antiquity (Core 1)
  • CLA 220W Classical Archaeology: Greek Art and Archaeology (Core 2)
  • CLA 221W Classical Archaeology: Roman Art and Archaeology (Core 2)
  • HIS 280W Archaeology of Early America (Core 2)
  • AH 107W Ancient Architecture (Core 2)
  • AH 243W Architecture of the Classical World (Core 2)
  • CLA 250W Ethnic Identity in Ancient Greece and Rome (Core 3)
  • MTH 300W History of Mathematics (Core 4)




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Last updated on 03/14/2014.

Foundation Courses

Core Courses



Elective Courses



Optional Independent Study and Senior Project