Major Works Courses

What are Major Works Courses?

Major Works Courses are 200-level introductory courses (HUM 2XX) investigating the world’s leading works of literature, visual arts, architecture, poetry, music, and theatre to help students develop a taste of their own.

As a vital component of the Foundation Development program, Major Works Courses are designed to equip students not only with fundamental knowledge but with the tools of independent and critical thinking.  

They also aim to help students explore their personal choices and tastes, providing them with innovative and in-depth perspectives of the world, their country, their society, and themselves.

Major Works Courses are coordinated by the Foundations Development Directorate.

Who can take Major Works courses?

Students who have completed 23 credits are required to take two courses from the pool of Major Works Courses. 

SPS 101 and SPS 102 are required pre-requisites. Students who fail SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses will not be admitted to Major Works Courses.

When more than two courses are selected from the pool, two of them will be evaluated as mandatory University Courses and others as electives. 

Is attendance mandatory in Major Works courses?

Attendance is compulsory in Major Works lectures and discussion sections. 

Failure to attend class requires points to be taken off the overall grade. 

Students who miss more than 3 classes in total will automatically receive an N/A grade. Medical reports are subject to the approval of the instructor. The instructor retains the right to decline a medical report.

Attendance follow-up starts at the end of the add-drop period.

Time Conflict requests are not accepted for 200-coded HUM courses.

How are Major Works courses graded?

Grading is based on individual performance. The below-given letter grade scale is used in grading. Merit-based adjustments can be made in special cases as full-attendance, non-attendance, and observable progress during the term.

What do I need to do for taking a make-up exams?

A make-up exam is given to students who cannot take an exam for reasons acceptable to the instructor. It is up to the instructor to offer opportunity for make-up for midterm exams and assignments.
Students who do not attend the final exam with an excuse that is accepted by the instructor are entitled to have a make-up exam. These students must submit their supporting documents for their excuse (health report, etc.) within three week-days after the final exam and these supporting documents must be found valid by the instructor.
What do I need to do if I am a student with disabilities and/or special needs?
It is the policy of Sabancı University to accommodate students with special needs and disabilities. To determine the best suitable accommodations and/or academic adjustments, please contact Nevcan Özbay ( at Disabled Students Support Unit, CIAD and for further information:
What happens in cases of plagiarism and acquired papers?

A student who is suspected to turn in a plagiarized work will receive 0 points for that particular assignment and s/he will be required to re-write and hand in the assignment in 24 hours. If the student fails to hand in a revised assignment, which is considered to be acceptable by the instructor within 24 hours, the case will be transferred to the disciplinary committee. 
Please contact Zeynep Yelçe in cases requiring disciplinary action. Also please see the MW Plagiarism Guide for Students.
Several Major Works courses conduct one-hour discussion sections as a co-requisite of the course. Discussion sections led by Teaching Assistants consist of a group of around 25 students. 
Discussion sections are designed to enhance the student’s critically looking, listening, and self-expression skills through presenting and discussing further examples associated with a given lecture’s theme.
The Teaching Assistant is responsible for leading and guiding the discussion. Do not expect the TA:
•To repeat or summarize the lecture,
•To provide any sort of hand out or summary regarding the lecture or the readings,
•To distribute exams in class or discuss exam results and answers in class. 
•To distribute previous exams as study guides or for other purposes.
If you have questions about your exam or the course in general, you should get an appointment from your TA and visit her/him in her/his office where s/he shall answer your questions.
Contact Information:
Major Works Courses are coordinated by the Foundations Development Directorate.
Zehra Sayers (FDD Director) 
Office: MDBF G016, MDBF 2087Phone: 9509
Arzu Ateş Kıran (FDD Academic and Administrative Affairs Specialist) 
Office: MDBF G016Phone: 9708
Zeynep N. Yelçe (Major Works Courses Contact Person) 
Office: FASS 2118Phone: 7101