Core Curriculum

Advanced Electives: Thematic Cluster, Minor, Second Major, or Certificate

The Core Curriculum provides all students with the opportunity for exploration outside their major subject area.  Students  complete 9 credits of advanced electives (cluster alternative), 9 credits in an approved thematic cluster, a minor, or a second major.

Students who complete a thematic cluster are allowed to apply one approved cluster course from the primary subject area of their major toward the cluster.

Students completing advanced electives must select 3 courses at the 200-level or above, from subject areas outside the primary subject area of their major.  Overlaps are not allowed between advanced electives and courses that satisfy lower division Core requirements in CE, CI, SCA, SE or QR. Courses carrying those designations are excluded from advanced electives.

Thematic Cluster descriptions, courses and prerequisites

 USM Minors and Majors