To earn a degree from the College of Arts and Science, you must complete:

  • Miami Plan for Liberal Education requirements
  • College of Arts and Science requirements
  • major requirements
  • graduation requirements

Miami Plan for Liberal Education

You will take courses to meet Miami Plan requirements, regardless of your major. Courses in the Miami Plan are specifically designed to emphasize:

  • thinking critically
  • understanding contexts
  • engaging with other learners
  • reflecting and acting

The Miami Plan complements your major and broadens your view through a variety of coursework in several foundation areas. In addition to the foundation requirements, students must also complete a Thematic Sequence and a Senior Capstone.

Learn more about Liberal Education at Miami.

College of Arts and Science

The divisional requirements in Arts and Science are called the College Requirements, but are more commonly referred to as the CAS requirements. Some courses you take for the Miami Plan can also help you fulfill the College Requirements and your major requirements. It is important that you meet with your advisor or a CAS academic advisor to ensure that you are selecting courses that meet your requirements.

The College Requirements include:

  • CAS-A: Foreign Language
  • CAS-B: Humanities
  • CAS-C: Social Science
  • CAS-D: Natural Science
  • CAS-E: Formal Reasoning
  • CAS-QL: Quantitative Literacy
  • CAS-W: Writing Competence
  • Advanced Hours: 56 hours at or above the 200-level

Note: Although some courses can be used to complete requirements in both the CAS and Miami Plan, not all Miami Plan courses meet CAS requirements and vice versa.

Learn more about the College Requirement (Miami General Bulletin).

Bachelor of Arts vs. Bachelor of Science

If you are working toward a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), you must fulfill all sections of the College Requirement; if you are working toward the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), you need only fulfill CAS-A (foreign language), but the B.S. requires more hours in your major.

Learn more about majors associated with each degree.


Your major is your primary field of study, such as botany, French, international studies, etc. You do not need to declare a major when you enroll. You can choose your major once you've had a chance to explore your options.

Learn more about individual major requirements.


Bachelor's Degree

For the bachelor's degree, the basic requirements for graduation are:

  • Fulfill the Miami Plan:
    • Foundation Courses
    • Thematic Sequence
    • Capstone Experience
  • Complete semester hours of Field (major/minor courses, divisional requirements, electives).
  • Complete minimum number of semester hours using non-duplicate coursework, required. Consult your General Bulletin or degree audit report.
  • Apply for graduation whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.

Applying for Graduation

Whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony, you must apply for graduation and pay a fee.

To apply to graduate:

  • Login to BannerWeb.
  • Select Student Services + Financial Aid.
  • Select Student Records.
  • Select Apply to graduate.

Please apply for the graduation year in which you will complete your degree; do not apply earlier.