Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) requires that all students complete a set of liberal arts distribution requirements, as well as an approved major and an approved minor for students who are not pursuing credit-intensive majors. The distribution requirements include up to 12 courses totaling between 24 and 36 credits. Some courses may be used to fulfill more than one distribution requirement, and a course used to fulfill a distribution requirement may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

The Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements are restricted to:

  • first year students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2011
  • transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012
  • school to school transfer students enrolled in SAS prior to Fall 2012

First year students entering SAS in Fall 2011 or later and transfer students entering SAS in Fall 2012 or later must complete the Core Curriculum.

Students who are following the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements and prefer to complete the Core Curriculum should speak to an academic adviser.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Two courses, each degree credit-bearing and worth at least 3 credits, consisting of one course in Mathematics (640) or Formal Reasoning; and one additional course in Mathematics, Computer Science (198), Operations Research (711), Statistics (960), or a discipline specific course strongly emphasizing either analytic or quantitative methods.

Students who place into calculus on the mathematics placement exam are exempt from taking the 640 course, and for such students, the requirement becomes a one-course quantitative reasoning course requirement. Students who use calculus placement to satisfy the mathematics requirement may not use precalculus to satisfy the second part of this requirement. Transfer credits from courses taken in high school will not generally satisfy this requirement.

Course Lists - Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

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