Course attributes are used for a few reasons:

  1. to identify if a course fits a requirement in Ladder (the degree audit), including:
    • if a course fulfills a general education requirement (CLA) or a requirement that spans many subject areas
  2. if a course can count in a subject area other than one specified by the subject code
  3. to be used as search criteria by students in the dynamic schedule


If the attribute is just for one term: meaning the attribute may fit the requirement in some terms but not others, it should be added at the section level during the call for classes. If the class is in a different department or subject area, you should have a conversation with the instructor/department chair/program director of the subject before requesting the attribute to make sure everyone is in agreement. You many also use the section edit form to add or remove attributes.

If the attribute always fits a requirement or in the curriculum: it should be added at the course level. Subject/program area attributes can be sent directly to catalog@drew.edu; preferably in a spreadsheet format, including: subject code, course numbers, title, and attribute. If the course to add the attribute is outside of your department/program, a conversation with the program/department should occur before submitting the file to make sure everyone is in agreement.

*General education attributes for courses or sections need to be submitted to CAPC for review and approval.


  • Using course attributes reduces the amount of curriculum maintenance by the programs/departments. Instead of having to adjust a list of courses that count in a specific requirement, a department or program can use an attribute and add or remove courses at will without having to update the static curriculum.

  • Students are able to search by attributes in the schedule which allows them to see results from multiple subject areas and schools that will fulfill requirements in Ladder (the degree audit) without having to search course by course or subject by subject.

  • Reduces the amount of cross-listing. By using attributes, the same course regardless of subject can count in multiple majors and minors without cross-listing. Coding by attribute allows for more flexibility in curriculum set up and better logic for the degree audit negating common issues like departments and programs forgetting to include the subject codes of all possible cross-lists in their catalog page and students registering for the “wrong” one and it does not automatically pull into the requirement in Ladder.
CLA Course Attributes
College of Liberal Arts
BART CLA-Breadth/Arts*
BHUM CLA-Breadth/Humanities*
BINT CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary*
BNS CLA-Breadth/Natural Science*
BSS CLA-Breadth/Social Science*
CAP CLA-Capstone*
CBL CLA-Community Based Learning
CE CLA-Civic Engagement
CEA CLA-CEA and Au Pair
CIVE CLA-Civic Engagement
DVIT CLA-Diversity International*
DVUS CLA-Diversity US*
ESS CLA-Environmental Studies
FLAN CLA-Foreign Language*
GLC CLA-Global Challenges*
HIST CLA-History
HON CLA-Baldwin Honors
IMMX CLA-Immersive Experience*
JWST CLA-Jewish Studies
MCOM CLA-Media and Communications
MEST CLA-Middle East Studies
NEUR CLA-Neuroscience
NYC CLA-New York City
OFFC CLA-Off Campus Experience*
PAST CLA-Pan-African Studies
PH CLA-Public Health
PPD CLA-Power/Privilege/Difference*
QUAN CLA-Quantitative*
REL CLA-Religion
WGST CLA-Women’s and Gender Studies
WRIT CLA-Writing Intensive*
WRMJ CLA-Writing in the Major*
*Denotes GenEd Attribute
CSGS Course Attributes
Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
AREL G-A&L Literature
ARFA G-A&L Fine Arts/Media
ARHI G-A&L History
ARSP G-A&L Religion/Spirituality
ARWR G-A&L Writing
CRES G-Conflict Resolution
EP G-MDHM Ethics, Philosophy
MDHM G-MDHM Medical Humanities
NA G-MDHM Narrative/Aesthetics
PJE G-MDHM Policy, Justice, Equity
R G-MDHM Research
SHP G-MDHM Sociology, Hist, Psych
THEO Course Attributes
Theological School
AFAM TS-Africana/AfAm
AFBR TS-Africana/Black Studies Rel
AT TS-Adv Theological Elective
CHAP TS-Chaplaincy
CNT TS-Christian/New Testament
DECT TS-Decolonial&Critical Theory
ECO TS-Ecology
ETH TS-Ethics
GC TS-Good Community
GCH TS-Good Community Historical
HEB TS-Hebrew Bible
INTF TS-Interfaith
OCL TS-Off-Campus Learning
OL TS-Organizational Leadership
PBL TS-Problem-Based Learning
PCC TS-Pastoral Care/Counseling
PREA TS-Preaching
PREP TS-Prog for Rel Ed in Prisons
RECO TS-Religion and Ecology
REDU TS-Religious Education
RPSY TS-Psychology
SETH TS-Social Ethics
SJA TS-Social Justice Advocacy
TECH TS-Technology Intensive
THST TS-History
TSOC TS-Sociology
WESM TS-Wesleyan/Methodist Studies
WGSR TS-Women’s/Gender Studies Rel
WOR TS-Worship
WR TS-World Religions
WSTT TS-Women’s/Gender Studies
YYAM TS-Youth/Young Adults