All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in each of the three areas of humanities, science/mathematics, and social sciences. A semester hour consists of one hour per week in the classroom per semester or two to three hours in laboratory or fieldwork per semester.
This requirement is based on the conviction that a baccalaureate degree represents more than expertise in a specific field. Students broaden themselves by taking courses in academic areas that have traditionally been at the heart of an undergraduate education.
Students should work closely with advisors in selecting courses appropriate to their interests and academic needs. Courses taken on a pass/no pass basis may not be used to satisfy the university's distribution requirements. Both semester-long and certain module courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
The following subject areas satisfy distribution requirements:
- art history
- art studio
- creative writing
- English (excluding ENGL 100, 101, 111, 112)
- fine arts
- modern language
- anthropology 204
- computer science (excluding CSCI 101–124)
- earth and space science
- economics 341
- environmental science
- mathematics (excluding MATH 101–110)
- psychology 355
- science (excluding SCI 100)
- criminal justice
- economics (EC 201, 202 only)
- government and politics
- communication studies (COMS 130, 180, 213, 220, 230, 250, 251, 275, 280, 285, 290, 316, 330, 335, 375, 380, 390)
- psychology (excluding PSY 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 395, 409, 410, 419, 423) sociology