The oversubscription rule is designed to prevent a student from building a program of study that is too narrow. Any credit above the subject or category limit will not count toward the 32.00 credits required for graduation, although the credits will be recorded on the transcript and grades will be factored into GPA calculations. All credits will appear on the Credit Analysis Report, a tool that tracks oversubscription and other graduation requirements, and is available in each student’s portfolio. Students majoring in music are at particular risk of oversubscription because their performance credits add up quickly.


More specifically, the oversubscription rule stipulates:

  • Of the total 32.00 credits required for graduation, no more than 16.00 credits in any one subject can be counted toward the degree requirements. 
  • If a course is crosslisted, it counts towards oversubscription in all subjects in which it is listed, regardless of the crosslisting that the student chose during course registration. The oversubscription rule applies to all credits that are part of a student’s academic history, including pre-matriculant credit, Advanced Placement or other test credit, and transfer credit.


Oversubscription also limits the number of credits that can count toward the 32.00 required for graduation in the following categories:

  • Physical Education and Student Forum:
    • no more than 1.00 credit in physical education
    • no more than 2.00 Student Forum (419, 420) credits
    • no more than 2.00 credits in Physical Education and Student Forums combined
  • Teaching Apprenticeships (491, 492):
    • no more than 2.00 credits
  • Individual Tutorials (401, 402, 403, 404), Group Tutorials (411, 412) and Undergraduate Research (421, 422):
    • no more than 4.00 credits combined
    • some LANG courses are considered individual tutorials
    • honors thesis tutorials (409, 410) do not count as individual or group tutorials
  • Independent Study (467, 468, 470) and Education-in-the-Field (465, 466, 469):
    • no more than 4.00 credits combined
  • Summer Credits:
    • no more than 2.00 credits earned at other institutions during any given summer (2.50 credits with a course that offers a lab)
  • Repeatable Courses:
    • a maximum of four times each of a repeatable course
  • CLSP Internship Credit:
    • a maximum of one-half CSPL internship credit
  • Pre-matriculant credits (including AP and IB test credit):
    • no more than 2.00 credits

Oversubscription will not jeopardize graduation as long as the student has enough usable credits to meet the 32.00 credits required for graduation. Students or advisors with any questions about oversubscription should contact the class dean.