To earn a degree from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, you must complete certain requirements. This section of the site describes how they can be met.
- Distribution requirements
You must take two courses in each of six intellectual areas.
- First-year seminars
You must take two seminars over the course of your first year.
- Foreign language proficiency
You must demonstrate proficiency through AP scores, department testing, or Northwestern coursework.
- Writing proficiency
Most students complete this requirement through their first-year seminars.
- Major in a field of study
You must choose and complete a major. Minors, second majors, and adjunct majors are optional ways to concentrate on other fields.
The first four requirements ensure that you acquire important skills and gain a breadth of knowledge spanning multiple disciplines; the fifth guarantees depth of understanding through intensive study within one area.
Special degree requirements apply to transfer students. Review the transfer requirements.
Number of courses and quarters
Policies require a certain number of quarters and credits that must be earned at Northwestern and Weinberg College.Back to top