Students are also required to satisfy certain distribution requirements. The distribution requirements may be satisfied by courses used to satisfy either core, major or elective requirements. Additionally, a single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements.
Writing Requirement - 8 courses:
Four courses which are designated as Writing Intensive and four courses which are designated as Writing Enriched.
These designations will appear in the Master Schedule available during pre-registration each semester. (Students may also be expected to do extensive writing in courses which are not formally designated as writing enriched or writing intensive.)
The Augustine and Culture Seminars (1000 and 1001) and the Introductory Literature course (ENG 1050) fulfill three of the four Writing Intensive course requirements. The fourth Writing Intensive course requirement is to be taken in the student's major area. College Ethics (ETH 2050) fulfills one of the four Writing Enriched requirements.
Integrative Sequences - 2 sequences of 2 courses each:
Integrative courses enable a student to examine a topic or theme from the perspective of several disciplines. One of these sequences is to be in the humanities and the other is to be in the sciences. The two Core Humanities Seminars fulfill the former and the Natural Science core requirement fulfills the latter.
Diversity Requirement - 2 courses:
Each student is required to select one course in two of the following three areas:
- Diversity (1) - courses which provide a focus on studies emphasizing ethnic and minority experiences in the United States.
- Diversity (2) - courses which provide a focus on women's experiences and highlight the ways in which gender influences experience.
- Diversity (3) - courses which provide a focus on the culture, economics, politics or ecology of societies and nations other than those of Europe and the United States.
- A student may not use a single course to fulfill more than one category of the diversity requirement.
- The diversity requirement cannot be fulfilled by independent study or a senior thesis.
- Language courses cannot fulfill the requirement, although literature courses in a foreign language can fulfill the requirement provided they focus on appropriate material.
Research Requirement - 1 course:
Each student is required to take one research course in one’s major in either the sophomore or junior year. Each department is responsible for the research course(s) in their individual programs.