Credit Policies

Students may not count both examination and degree credits for the same course toward graduation hours. For example, a student who has advanced placement credit for ROSP 20201 may not take ROSP20201 and count both toward the 120 hours required in Arts and Letters.

Students also may not count for degree credit both of two equivalent courses taught at Notre Dame. For example, THEO 10001 and 20001 are considered to be equivalent courses, as are PHIL 10101 and 20201, and ECON 10015 and 20015. Students should take only one of each pair.

In cases where students have double credit for the same course, the credits for only one course will be counted toward the student’s degree credit, despite the fact that credits for both will appear on the student’s transcript.

No courses in logic will satisfy the University philosophy requirement for students in Arts and Letters. 

Double Counting

No course may be double counted between majors and/or minors, or between a first major and University or College requirements.

One course may be double-counted one time to fulfill a supplementary major, or a minor requirement and University or College requirement. University Seminar, by definition, fulfills a University or College requirement and is not considered a double count under this rule.

Please note: University Seminar is not the same course as College Seminar, a required course for students in the College of Arts and Letters.

Activity and Experiential Learning Courses

Activity Courses

Three elective credits of the required 120 hours can be obtained from the following activity courses:

  • Band (marching and concert)
  • Orchestra
  • Chorale
  • Glee Club
  • Liturgical Choir
  • Folk Choir
  • Music lessons and ensembles
  • Ballet
  • Debate

Exceptions will be made for music majors: If students complete more than three of these courses, these will appear on a student’s transcript, but the extra credits will be subtracted from the student’s total number of hours at the time a graduation check is made; hence, these will not count toward the 120 hours needed to graduate.

Experiential Learning Courses

Three 1-credit elective courses of the required 120 hours can be obtained from experiential learning courses. For more information on experiential learning courses, visit the Center for Social Concerns website.