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Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic Minor Option

Requirements Particular to the A.B. and B.S. Degrees

By the end of the sophomore year, students should have met the language requirement, made substantial progress toward completing an area distribution plan, and completed prerequisites for a concentration.

Area Distribution

By means of this requirement the College seeks to instill an understanding and an appreciation of the major areas of learning. Students are not expected to master all areas in detail, but should develop a coherent view of essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods which typify these disciplines.

Courses offered by the academic departments and programs of the College are divided into five area categories: the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, mathematics and symbolic analysis, and creative expression. Each of these divisions represents a different perspective on human knowledge and learning; some departments and programs overlap these divisions while others may stand outside them.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College must fulfill the 30-credit Distribution Requirement.

This broad intellectual experience, which forms an essential part of a liberal arts education, is to be achieved in the following way:

  1. Students must complete 7 credits in each of the following three areas: Natural Science (NS), Social Science (SS), and Humanities (HU), for a total of 21 credits.
  2. Students must also complete 3 additional credits in three of the following five areas: (NS), (SS), (HU), Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA), and Creative Expression (CE), for a total of 9 credits.

General Policies for Area Distribution Plans

An area distribution plan may include:

  1. prerequisites to concentration elected outside the department of concentration.
  2. courses elected pass/fail, credit/no credit, or by any other non-graded pattern.
  3. courses elected to satisfy one of two concentration plans by students who elect a double concentration (see "Double Concentration" below in this chapter).
  4. Transfer credit from other schools and colleges of the University of Michigan and from other academic institutions (see "Residence Policy" in Chapter IV ).
  5. a course elected outside the department of concentration or concentration requirements to meet the Junior-Senior Writing Requirement, the Race and Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.
  6. Courses in Non-LS&A Units offering courses with Creative Expression designation (Credits are counted as Non-LS&A)

Art and Design (Division 010)

101. Ceramics I.

111. Painting I.

114. Drawing Mini-course.

115. Basic Drawing I.

116. Basic Drawing II.

121. Fibers: Introduction.

125. Basic Design I.

126. Basic Design II.

131. Graphic Design I.

161. Photography: Introduction.

191. Sculpture I.

254. Jewelry Casting.

261. Photography I.

Architecture (Division 005)

201. Introduction to Communication Skills.

202. Graphic Communication.

218. Visual Studies.

Performance - Piano (Division 639)

110. Performance.

111. Performance.

Dance (Division 671)

101. Introduction to Modern Dance.

102. Introduction to Modern Dance.

111. Introduction to Ballet.

112. Introduction to Ballet.

121. Introduction to Jazz Dance.

122. Introduction to Jazz Dance.

241. Afro-American Dance.

Ensemble (Division 672): All Courses

Courses (100-399) in other Music Performance divisions (viz., other than Piano Performance) may also be used for Creative Expression, but enrollment is restricted to students of advanced ability. Request forms for performance instruction are available at the Information Office, Room 2249, School of Music, North Campus.

An area distribution plan may not include:

  1. any course from the department of concentration.
  2. required cognates in a concentration plan.
  3. Courses at the 400-level and above.
  4. Experiential courses, Independent Study, and University (Division 495) mini-courses.
  5. Advanced Placement credits.

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