Electives

All academic programs at Wentworth require taking some elective courses. In many cases these electives fall into a specific category of classes, while others do not draw from a specified group, and are usually selected with the help of an academic advisor or someone in the academic department office.

Courses that meet a specific elective requirement can be determined by reviewing your degree audit and consulting with your advisor.  Course offerings for specific departments are listed in LeopardWeb with their meeting day, time and CRN information when looking at all of the individual sections for a given course. A description of each course can be found in the course catalog.

After you register, check your degree audit to make sure your elective requirements are being fulfilled. 

Every academic program requires taking electives from at least one of these categories:

General Electives - courses selected with the assistance of your academic advisor that are not specifically required for your major. Please see the academic catalog entry to see which courses are ineligible for use as a general elective.

Humanities and Social Sciences Electives - Electives are offered in humanities (courses with prefixes HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL) and social sciences (courses with prefixes COMM, ECON, POLS, PSYC and SOCL). 

You can use the Course Section Search function on Leopardweb to find what electives are being offered each semester. 

Please reference the academic catalog and your degree audit to make sure that you are taking the appropriate mix of humanities and social science courses.

Engineering Electives - Some engineering majors include an elective requirement where students can choose from classes that include an appropriate level of engineering content. Consult your advisor and review your degree audit to determine appropriate elective options.

Lab Science Electives - These are 4 credit lab courses with prefixes BIOL, CHEM, PHYS. Some majors have specific restrictions for these electives, please check your degree audit to see what is required for your major.

Major Electives - Some majors require students to take electives from a specific group of courses, which are either in the major or in a closely related discipline. These courses can be found in the Curriculum in the Catalog or on your degree audit. 

Technical Electives - These electives allow students to take courses of a technical nature that can draw from a wider group of courses than the major electives. Students typically choose technical electives with the assistance of their academic advisor and/or academic departments to ensure that the course meets the academic goals of the student and is an acceptable elective course.