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The Traditional Curriculum (Class of 2023 and earlier)

The Traditional Curriculum is a general education pathway only available for students who entered the College of Arts & Sciences before Fall 2020.

This curriculum, also known as the area & competency requirements, is being phased out.

The new College Curriculum, adopted through the October 2019 faculty vote after a successful pilot phase, is in effect for all student entering Fall 2020 or later. 

Competency Requirements

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Students in this general education curriculum must complete three competency requirements: the First Writing Requirement, the Second Writing Requirement, and the Foreign Language Requirement. 

Area Requirements

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Students in this general education curriculum fulfill Area Requirements by earning the proper number of credits from courses taken in each of five different academic subject areas. The list of subject areas and their related credit requirement is:

  • Social Sciences - 6 credits from two different departments
  • Humanities - 6 credits from two different categories
  • Historical Studies - one 3 or more credit course
  • Non-western Perspectives - one 3 or more credit course
  • Natural Science and Mathematics - 12 credits from two different departments