2011-2012 Academic Catalog
Office of Graduate Studies
- Degree Programs
- Graduate Faculty
- GTA & GRA
- General Regulations
Principal Course Distribution Requirement
Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.
Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.
These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:
- HT: Historical studies
- HL: Literature and the arts
- HR: Philosophy and religion
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- NB: Biological sciences
- NE: Earth sciences
- NM: Mathematical sciences
- NP: Physical science
- SC: Culture and society
- SI: Individual behavior
- SF: Public affairs
No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.
Non-Western Culture Requirement
A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.
One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.
Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes
These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.
- H: Humanities
- N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- S: Social Sciences
- W: World Civilization and Culture
- U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
All Office of Graduate Studies courses
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