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College of Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements

To meet its mission of helping students to become educated and engaged citizens, the College of Arts and Sciences requires that students complete a broad range of courses distributed across many departments and disciplines. These requirements are presented below. Students should check within their department or program to determine if their major requires particular courses within the distribution.

 

BA and BS Degrees

  • Introduction to the Arts and Sciences - CAS 101. This course is required for all students in the College of Arts and Sciences during the first semester.

BA Degree

  • Literature - 6 credits from literature classes in English, Foreign Literature and Languages,or Portuguese
  • Natural Science - 9 credits from Biology, Chemistry, Medical Laboratory Science, or Physics
  • Humanities - 9 credits, with no more than 6 in any one field, from History, Philosophy, Art Theory, Art History, Music Theory, or Music History (excludes "applied" courses in Art or Music)
  • Social Science - 12 credits, with no more than 6 in any one field, from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology/CJS, or Women’s Studies 
  • Foreign Language - 0-12 credits, to demonstrate competency in a language other than English through the 202 level (for example, SPA 202)

BS Degree

  • Literature - 6 credits from literature classes in English, Foreign Literature and Languages,or Portuguese
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - 18 credits, with a minimum of 6 credits fromeach of these broad areas:
    • Humanities - classes in History, Philosophy, Art Theory, Art History, Music Theory, Music History (excludes "applied" courses in Art or Music),  or Foreign Language and Portuguese
    • Social Sciences - classes in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology/CJS, Women’s Studies

General Education and the College Distribution

Although there is some overlap, the CAS Distribution Requirements are in addition to the University's General Education Requirements.

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