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Requirements for Dual Degree Students

1. Dual Degree students are required to complete all RISD Liberal Arts requirements, specifically:

  • 4 courses in History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), including HAVC-H101 
    • HAVC-H101: cannot be waived
    • HAVC-H102: Dual Degree students will automatically be waived from HAVC-H102 but must complete the 4 courses of History of Art and Visual Culture requirement.
  • 3 courses in Literary Arts and Studies (LAS), including LAS-E101 or its equivalent 
    • LAS-E101: Satisfactory completion of a fall semester Brown First-Year Seminar (FYS) will waive the LAS-E101 requirement. However, a Brown FYS does not automatically count as a Literary Arts and Studies course. Depending on the content of the FYS and whether the student enters the Dual Degree program with transfer credit and waivers, the seminar may satisfy an LAS, HAVC, HPSS or Liberal Arts elective requirement.
  • 3 courses in History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS) 
    • HPSS-S101: Dual Degree students will automatically be waived from HPSS-S101 but must complete 3 courses in History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences.
  • 4 additional courses in liberal arts

2. These requirements can be satisfied by taking courses at RISD, taking equivalent courses at Brown or getting transfer credit for AP, IB, Oxford-Cambridge “A” Levels or courses taken at other institutions. For transfer credit, the normal RISD transfer policy will apply. That is:

  • Credit for Advanced Placement (AP) tests is granted on the basis of exam reports sent by the College Board Advanced Placement Program. RISD may grant up to 9 credits for AP exam scores of 4 or 5. The following credits may be satisfied by the Advanced Placement Program:
AP Art History HAVC Credit
AP English Literature and Composition LAS Credit
AP Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese Language, Environmental Science, French Language, Japanese Language, Latin Literature, Physics, Spanish Language or Literature or Statistics Liberal Arts Elective Credit
  • Credit for participation in the International Baccalaureate Program or Oxford-Cambridge “A” levels is granted for coursework receiving a grade of “C” or better or Higher Level (HL) grades of 5, 6 and 7 and is contingent upon the receipt of an official transcript.
  • Transfer credits for courses are accepted only from regionally accredited, residential, non-profit colleges and universities. Credits are transferable only for courses in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned. Transfer credits are not calculated in the RISD GPA.

3. Dual Degree students are encouraged to take a First-Year Seminar (FYS) at Brown during the fall of their first year. Satisfactory completion of a fall semester Brown FYS will waive the LAS-E101 requirement. However, a Brown FYS does not automatically count as an LAS course. Depending on the content of the FYS and whether the student enters the Dual Degree program with transfer credit and waivers, the seminar may satisfy an LAS, HAVC, HPSS or Liberal Arts elective requirement. No special permission from the RISD Liberal Arts Division is needed to take an FYS, however, the RISD Liberal Arts Division will determine how the course gets counted towards the RISD Liberal Arts requirements.

4. Dual Degree students may request permission to register for a spring course at Brown during their first year. Permission is granted by the Dean of Foundation Studies and the Dean of Liberal Arts based on the student’s rationale for the request. This spring course may count towards RISD’s Liberal Arts distribution requirements. RISD's Liberal Arts Division will determine how the course gets counted towards the RISD Liberal Arts requirements. Students may not take two courses at Brown in the spring.

5. Dual Degree students may take any upper-level liberal arts course at RISD in the spring of their first year (HAVC, LAS, HPSS, liberal arts electrive) or take a topics course of HPSS-S101 or HAVC-H102.

 

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