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Foundation and Distribution Requirements

The goals of a liberal education include both breadth of knowledge (foundation and distribution) and competency in a specialized discipline or field of knowledge (the major). The Foundation and Distribution Requirements seek to expose students to various modes of thought and to the variety of ideas and values in today's world. Students need to demonstrate particular proficiencies to assure their education and have a reasonable degree of choice in making course selections to meet these requirements and to pursue their major course of study. Requirements can be satisfied by W&L course work, students' placement examinations or by transfer credit approved by the faculty. No single course may satisfy more than one Foundation and Distribution Requirement.

Foundation Requirements Distribution Requirements
Writing (FW) Arts and Humanities
Foreign Language (FL)      Humanities (HU)
Mathematics & Computer Science (FM)      Fine Arts (HA)
Physical Education (FP)      Literature (HL)

Sciences and Social Sciences

     Laboratory Science (SL)

     Additional Science, Mathematics, or Computer Science (SC)

     Social Science (SS)


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