Distribution Requirement

Students matriculating in Fall 2016 and after:

Students beginning their studies in Fall 2016 or later must complete one course (four credits) in each of the following categories:

  • CL Civic Learning
  • HE Human Experience
  • IP International and Intercultural Perspectives
  • ME Modes of Expression
  • PD Power, Privilege, and Difference
  • QR Quantitative Reasoning
  • SB Social Behavior and Institutions
  • SP Scientific Process and Knowledge

Courses can “double count” for these requirements, and many courses will satisfy two of the eight requirements. When taken in the appropriate department, courses may also “double count” toward both the Distribution Requirements and the student’s major or minor. These courses must be taken for a grade (and so not “credit/no credit”) in order to count for distribution.

The categories satisfied by a given course are indicated in the Academic Bulletin (beginning with the 2016-17 edition) and in Self-Service. The Learning Outcomes for each category are listed here.