Faculty have the option to include concentrations in the baccalaureate programs they develop. A concentration is intended to be a coherent and specialized course of study within a student's major degree program, which presupposes knowledge of the major discipline. The requirements for a concentration are stated in the catalog, and faculty have a commitment to deliver the approved curriculum as stated. Therefore, when advising individual students, faculty should attempt to follow the approved curriculum before considering substitutions.
Concentrations are noted on the student’s transcript but are not shown on the diploma. The following requirements for establishing or revising a concentration become effective with the 2013-15 catalog cycle.
- A concentration is a block of at least five designated courses from one or more lists of designated courses or course areas.
- No single course should appear in every concentration; such courses should be included in the major.
- The courses for a concentration shall appear in the major course column.
- The number of concentration units shall not exceed 50% of the total major units.