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Curriculum

CSDN crit session

When applying to the Custom-Designed Major (CSDN), all students develop an individualized academic plan that includes every class they intend to take through their graduation. Student plans-of-study include: 

  1. Custom-Designed Major Core Courses 
    Rationale: Grounds CSDN students in the theories and methods of interdisciplinary inquiry while building student self-advocacy skills, communication strategies, and connections with your CSDN cohort  
  2. General Education Requirements
    Rationale: Broadens CSDN students' understanding of methodological approaches in disciplines beyond their areas of concentration 
  3. Courses from three individualized concentration areas
    Rationale: Deepens CSDN students' skills and knowledge base within the disciplines they are bringing together in their concentration areas 

Degree Requirements

Custom-Designed Majors must take a minimum of 180 credits to complete their degree. The 180 credits breaks down into 4 areas: Individualized Major Courses, Custom-Designed Major Core Courses, Drexel Foundational Courses, and General Education Requirements. Of the 180 credits, at least 118 credits are part of the student’s Individualized Major Courses, meaning coursework housed in the disciplines that make up their concentration areas. 20 credits out of the 180-credit minimum are CSDN Major Core Courses. 32 credits out of the 180-credit minimum are General Education Requirements. 12 credits of the 180-credit minimum are Drexel Foundational Courses.


Custom-Designed Major Core Courses Credits
CSDN 101 Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Methods 1.0
CSDN 102 Knowledge By Design Seminar 1.0
CSDN 210 Innovative Problem Solving 3.0
CSDN 220 Multimodal Research 3.0
CSDN 203 Custom-Designed Major Seminar 1.0
CSDN 304 Custom-Designed Major Project 3.0
CSDN 305 Custom-Designed Major Project 3.0
CSDN 306 Custom-Designed Major Project 3.0
    Total: 18.0

Drexel Foundational Courses Credits
UNIV 101 1.0
CIVIC 101 1.0
COOP 101
1.0
ENGL 101 3.0
ENGL 102 3.0
ENGL 103 3.0
   Total: 12.0

General Education Requirements
Credits
Humanities courses
Possible Humanities courses
can come from the following disciplines:
HIST, PHIL, ARTH, FMTV, FMST, WGST, 
AFAS, COM, ENGL (200 and higher), 
LING, Language courses including ARBC, 
CHIN, FREN, GER, GREC, HBRW, ITAL, 
JAPN, KOR, RUSS, SPAN
9.0
Social science courses

Possible Social Science courses can
come from the following disciplines:
 

ECON, PSY, SOC, ANTH, GST, PSCI, 
CJS, COM 

9.0

Mathematics courses
Possible Mathematics courses
can come from the following disciplines:
 
MATH, STAT, STS

6.0

Science courses
Possible Mathematics courses
can come from the following disciplines:
 
ANAT, BIO, CHEM, CS, GEO, PHYS, ENVS, 
ENSS, HSCI, AE, BET, CHE, CAE, CIVE, 
ECE, EGMT, ENGR, ENVE, INDE, MATE, 
MEM, MET, MHT, SYSE, PHEV, NFS

8.0
  Total: 32.0

Individualized Major Courses Credits
CSDN students take most of their courses in their individualized concentration areas. To demonstrate they have achieved academic depth and rigor, CSDN students must take at least three upper-division courses (300- or 400-level) in each of their concentrations. Generally, upper-division courses have tiers of pre-requisite courses; CSDN students must satisfy all listed pre-requisite courses. 

Total: 118+ credits

Total Degree Requirements: 180-credit minimum

Check out example plans-of-study and Vision Statements from current CSDN students