Office of Undergraduate Studies

Senior Year in Professional Studies at CWRU

Students of outstanding ability and attainment who are candidates for the BA and who are admitted to professional studies in Case Western Reserve University by the end of the junior year are offered an opportunity to shorten their entire course of studies by one year through the Senior Year in Professional Studies privilege. Application should be made during the second semester of the junior year through the dean of undergraduate studies. This privilege is extended to students who are candidates for the BA and who attend the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, or the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University

A student granted the senior year in professional studies privilege is permitted to substitute the work of the first year in a professional school for that required during the last year in the undergraduate college. Upon the satisfactory completion of the first year’s work in the professional school, the student will be granted the bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. To be eligible for the senior year in professional studies privilege, a student must:

  1. Be accepted for admission to professional studies in Case Western Reserve University.
  2. Meet the following degree requirements:
    1. Completion of the SAGES requirements, the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the physical education requirement.
    2. Completion of three-fourths of the courses required for the major, including three-fourths of the courses required in the major department.
    3. Completion of 84 credit-hours of arts and sciences courses. These credit-hours may be drawn from those offered by the College of Arts and Sciences as well as those in economics, biochemistry, nutrition or computer science.
    4. Completion of at least 90 credit-hours of academic work, of which the final 60 credit-hours must have been in residence. A student may include in that final 60 credit-hours no more than six credit-hours earned in courses completed in other institutions, either by cross-registration in regular sessions or by approved transient registration in summer sessions. (Note: Students applying for the Senior Year in Professional Studies in the School of Medicine will generally be expected to have completed at least 117 credit-hours towards the BA degree.)
Upon admission to the program, students register in the professional school to which they have been admitted and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the professional school. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.

To obtain information on this program, contact Dean Claudia Anderson in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357.