“Degree in 3” reveals available programs, eligibility rules


Rowan unveiled the seven majors which will be available to students starting the new “Degree in 3” program next fall on Wednesday, via a post on the University’s website.

Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, history, law and justice, writing arts, radio, television and film, psychology, and marketing will all be available to eligible students starting the program next fall. A Bachelor of Science degree in marketing will also be available.

Vice President of University Relations Joe Cardona said these majors were selected for their flexibility and that other majors will be available in the future barring the success of the Degree in 3.

“We wanted to make sure that these majors are doable,” Cardona said. “The major concern is doing programs that can be offered in the summer.”

The Degree in 3 offers students the opportunity to complete their degree in three years instead of four, attending full class schedules during fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Majors like those in the sciences often require long labs and a variety of prerequisite courses to advance in the degree program, which makes designing an expedited completion schedule more difficult than in the chosen majors.

More detailed information regarding eligibility and enrollment details were announced on Wednesday as well. In order to enroll, incoming first-year students must commit to the program after being admitted to the university. Current first-year Rowan students already enrolled in the selected majors must have completed 40 credits by the end of the summer session, and transfer students must have completed 40 credits and have met with a Rowan advisor to join the program.

Rowan Choice, Rowan Select and EOF/MAP students will not be eligible.

“Most of the students in those programs already have a heavier course load,” Cardona said. “It would be a challenge for them to complete [the program].”

Students enrolled in the program will be required to live on campus throughout their three years. These students will also have to complete 200 hours of “leadership internships or academic-related work experiences.” These will be offered by the school and will likely involve working in or with a university department, Cardona said.

Above all else, Cardona stressed that this program is not meant for everyone.

“People going into this program shouldn’t take it lightly,” Cardona said. “They will have to take the same courses over three years that are usually over four years. It is very intensive, and this is just one of the many pathways [that we offer].”

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