Courses in this category expose students to a wide range of modes of intellectual inquiry. To ensure that students sample broadly from the curricular offerings of the College of Arts & Sciences, they are required to take two courses from each of the College's divisions - the Division of Arts & Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. One course in each division must meet the learning goals stated below.

Arts & Humanities

(two courses, one must be from the designated list of courses)

1. Textual Analysis and Interpretation

a. Students will interpret texts with awareness of the texts' basic orientation in the world (historical, philosophical, religious, linguistic, etc.).

b. Students will construct arguments and evaluate canons using the evidence and tools of critical analysis appropriate to the object of inquiry.

c. Students will develop an appreciation of the fundamental ambiguities and complexities involved in all human attempts to answer questions about knowledge, values, and life.


2. Arts Literacy and Practice

a. Students will appreciate, evaluate, and articulate the aesthetic and formal elements of a work of art.


b. Students will comprehend and interpret works of art within historical and cultural contexts.


c. Students will synthesize conceptual, formal, aesthetic and technical elements resulting in the performance or creation of works of art.

Social Sciences

(two courses; one must be from the designated list of courses)

1a. Students will understand and examine the ways in which individuals interact with, and are shaped by, social groups, institutions, and social structures and how these social constructions shape history, space, values, culture, and behavior.


1b. Students will understand how behavior is shaped by biological and environmental history and the choices made throughout life.


2. Students will use the tools of social and/or behavioral analysis drawn from various analytical frameworks to analyze behavior and/or critically interpret social issues.

3. Students will apply the principles of social and/or behavioral analysis in various contexts and at various levels to effect improvements in human society.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

(two courses; one must be from the designated list of courses)

Students will demonstrate knowledge of scientific and/or mathematical content and principles in a disciplinary field.

Students will develop skills that enhance their ability to think critically about scientific, technological, and/or mathematical issues.