IQ (Integrated inQuiry) Curriculum Requirements (for the first-year class entering Fall 2012 and after*)
An Arts & Sciences student must take at least three courses in each of three distribution areas: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM); Social & Behavioral Sciences (SSC); and the Humanities (HUM). Additionally students must complete course work in Language & Cultural Diversity (LCD) either a) by completing three sequenced courses in the study of a single foreign language, designated LS or, b) by completing four courses designated LCD.
Students must complete at least three Integrations in at least two areas of study. Integrations include majors, minors, Focus programs, WU-led study abroad programs, and 20+ Integrated Inquiries.
Other IQ Curriculum Requirements
Writing 1 (must earn a C+ or better, may not be taken pass/fail). Taken the first year, this writing and argumentation course provides foundational skills to prepare students to write effectively for a university audience.
Writing Intensive Course (WI) (must earn a C- or better, may not be taken pass/fail). Courses designated WI further strengthen written communication skills.
Applied Numeracy (AN) (must earn a C- or better, may not be taken pass/fail). Courses designated AN enhance students’ ability to use numbers and numerical analysis in connections with problems involving statistical analyses, judgments of probability, and evaluation of quantifiable evidential support. AN includes courses that use real-world applications of numerical relationships and courses that employ mathematical modeling of natural and social phenomena.
Social Differentiation (SD) Courses taken SD consider the organization and possible division of societies by social categories such as race, class, gender, and ethnicity.
The IQ curriculum was approved by ArtSci Council and the Faculty of A&S in April of 2009.
- See the report of the New Curriculum Review Committee, chaired by Professor Mark Rollins.
- See the report of the Curriculum Implementation Committee, chaired by Professor Matt Erlin, which was subsequently convened and charged with determining the implementation strategy.
View Finding Your Path (pdf), the College’s curriculum guide for entering freshmen.
Discovery Curriculum Requirements (for students who entered 2009-2011)
Distribution Areas and Cluster Requirements
Students in A&S following the Discovery Curriculum must take 8 or 9 units of course work in each of the four distribution areas: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Textual and Historical Studies, and Language and the Arts. At least 6 of the units in each area must form a cluster. If a cluster requires more that 6 units, a student must fulfill all of the units required by the cluster.
Other Discovery Curriculum Requirements
Writing 1 (must earn C+ or better; may not be taken pass/fail) Taken the first year, this writing and argumentation course provides foundational skills to prepare students to write effectively for a university audience.
Writing Intensive Course (WI) (must earn C+ or better; may not be taken pass/fail) Courses designated WI, taken during the junior or senior year, further strengthen written communication skills.
Quantitative Analysis (QA) (must earn C+ or better; may not be taken pass/fail) Courses designated QA enhance skills in quantitative reasoning, analysis, and problem solving. Through them, students learn to develop numerical analyses, make sense of complex arrays of quantitative data, and understand statistical arguments.
Cultural Diversity (CD) Courses designated CD deepen an understanding of the diversity of cultures beyond those that are Anglo-American. Such courses may also explore diversity of values and cultures within nations and regions.
Social Differentiation (SD) Courses designated SD consider the organization and possible division of societies by social categories such as race, class, ethnicity and gender.
Transfer students entering in fall 2012 will follow the requirements of the Discovery Curriculum.