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1997-1998 Courses for Distribution Credit

This list is valid for 1997-98 ONLY

Note: This list is valid for 1997-98 ONLY (updated to include 97-98 additions). Scheduling should be verified each quarter in the Class Schedule. Please direct any questions regarding fulfillment of Weinberg College distribution requirements to the Weinberg College Office of Studies, 1922 Sheridan Road, 491-7567, or email

Jump to a distribution area:

  1. Natural Sciences
  2. Formal Studies
  3. Social and Behavioral Sciences
  4. Historical Studies
  5. Values
  6. Literature and Fine Arts
  7. Western Civilization

Area I Natural Sciences

Anthropology 403 
B13 Human Origins (W)

Astronomy 407 
A01 Modern Cosmology (S)
A02 Milky Way Galaxy (F)
A03 Solar System (W)
A20 Highlights of Astronomy (FWS)

Biological Sciences 409 
A03 Diversity of Life (WS)
A24 Biological Clocks (F)
A60 Human Reproduction (W)
A63 Human Biology (F)
A64 Genetics and People
A70 Concepts of Biology (FS)
A91 Evolution

Chemistry 411 
A01 General Chemistry (F)
A02 General Inorganic Chemistry (W)
A71 Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry (F)
A72 Accelerated General Physical Chemistry (W)
B01 Chemistry of Nature & Culture (S)
B02 Color Science

Civil Engineering 720 
B06 Environmental Literacy

Cognitive Science 452 
B10 Introduction to Cognitive Science (W)

Communication Sciences & Disorders 620 
B02 Biological Foundations of Communication (FWS)

Geological Sciences 423 
A01 Earth Plate Tectonics (WS)
A06 The Ocean, Atmosphere & Our Climate (F)
A10 The Earth as a Planet (F)
A11 Global Environmental Change (W)

Materials Science 750 
A01 Modern Materials and Society

Physics 447 
A03 Ideas of Physics (S)
A30-1 Introductory College Physics (F)
A30-2 Introductory College Physics (W)
A35-1 General Physics (FS)
A35-2 General Physics (FW)

Psychology 451 
B12 Introduction to Neuroscience (FS)

Area II Formal Studies  

Computer Science 725 
A10 Intro to Computer Programming (FWS)
A11 Fundamentals of Computer Programming (FW)

Electrical Engineering 730 
A01 Intro to Scientific Computing & Fortran (W)

Linguistics 434 
B06 Formal Analysis of Words & Sentences (FWS)
B07 Sound Patterns in Human Language (FS)

Mathematics 435 
Note: a student who has passed a course in mathematics above B14-2 with a grade of C- or better will be considered as having satisfied the Weinberg College Area II requirement. 
A04 Games and Fallacies (W)
A10 Survey of Modern Mathematics I (F)
A11 Survey of Modern Mathematics II (W)
B10-1 Math for the Behavioral Sciences (F)
B10-2 Math for the Behavioral Sciences (W)
B13 Review of Calculus of One Variable (F)
B14-1 Calculus (FW)
B14-2 Calculus (FWS)

Music Studies, General, for Non-majors 501 
B52 Harmony (F)

Philosophy 439 
A50 Elementary Logic I (F)
B50 Elementary Logic II (W)

Statistics 473 
B01 Statistics and Public Policy (S)
B02 Introduction to Statistics (FWS)
B10 Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences (FWS)

Area III Social and Behavioral Sciences  

African American Studies 404 
B36-1 Introduction to African American Studies (W)
B36-2 Introduction to African American Studies (S)

Anthropology 403 
A05 Fundamentals of Anthropology (W)
B11 Culture and Society (F) B15
Study of Culture Through Language (W)

Economics 417 
B01 Introduction to Macroeconomics (FWS)
B02 Introduction to Microeconomics (FWS)

International Studies 495 
B01-3 Introduction to the World System (S)

Linguistics 434 
B04 The Languages of Prejudice (FS)
B09 Language and Society (FW)

Political Science 449
B01 Introduction to Politicical Theory
B04 Politics and Nature (S)
B20 American Government and Politics (FWS)
B30 Introduction to Law in the Political Arena (FS)
B40 Introduction to International Relations (FS)
B50 Introduction to Comparative Politics (FW)

Psychology 451 
A10 Introduction to Psychology (FWS)
B04 Social Psychology (FWS)

Sociology 471 
A10 Introduction to Sociology (FWS)
B01 Social Inequality: Race, Class, Power (FS)
B02 Social Problems: Norms and Deviance (FS)
B03 Revolutions and Social Change (FW)
B04 Social Interaction: The Individual & Society (FW)
B06 Law and Society (W) B07 Problems of Cities (WS)
B15 Economy and Society (S)
B16 Gender and Society (WS)

Women's Studies 480 
B10 Introduction to Women's Studies (W)

Writing Arts 486 
A12-1 Modes: Language & Social Policy (F)

Area IV Historical Studies  

See also "Western Civilization," below.

African American Studies 404 
B14-1 History of Racial Minorities in North America (S)
B45 Black Communities of the Diaspora (S)

Anthropology 403 
B14 Cultural Origins (S)

French 455 
B80 French Cultural Studies: Historical France (F)

B33-1 German History & Culture-in English (W)
B33-2 German History & Culture-in English

History 427 
B01-1 European Civilization (W)
B01-2 European Civilization (S)
B10-1 History of the United States (F)
B10-2 History of the United States (W)
B55-1 Background to African Civilization & Culture (F)
B55-2 Background to African Civilization & Culture (W)
B55-3 Background to African Civilization & Culture (S)
B60 Britain, 1688-Present (formerly: Hist. of England)
B70 Islam in History
B74 History of Ancient Egypt (F)
B75-1 History of Western Science & Medicine (W)
B75-2 History of Western Science & Medicine (W)
B81 Chinese Civilization (W)
B84 Japanese Civilization (F)
B85 Indian Civilization 

International Studies 495 
B01-1 Introduction to the World System (F)
B01-2 Introduction to the World System (W)

Slavic Languages & Literatures 467 
B55 Slavic Civilization—in English
B57 Intro to the Soviet Union & Successor States (S) 

Area V Values

See also "Western Civilization," below.  

Anthropology 403 
B20 Evolution of Moral Systems (S) 
B32 Myth and Symbolism (S)

German 425 
B40 Theme of Faust through the Ages

Philosophy 439 
A10 Introduction to Philosophy (FS) 
A11 Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (W) 
B10-1 The History of Philosophy (F) 
B10-2 The History of Philosophy (W)
B10-3 The History of Philosophy (S)
B20 Science in Human Culture (F) 
B60 Ethics (F) 
B61 Classics of Ethical & Political Theory (S)
B63 Social and Political Philosophy (S) 
B65 Introduction to the Philosophy of Law (S)

Religion 429 
A10 Religion in Human Experience (F) 
B10 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (W) 
B11 New Testament Origins 
B20 Introduction to Hinduism (W)
B22 Introduction to Buddhism (S) 
B24 Introduction to Judaism (F) 
B25 Religion in Japan
B26 Introduction to Christianity (S)
B28 Introduction to Islam

Writing Arts 486 
A10-1 Modes: Social Order & the Right to Dissent
A11-1 Modes: Self-Sacrifice: Martyr in History & Lit (F)

Area VI Literature and Fine Arts

See also "Western Civilization," below.

African American Studies 404 
B10-1 Survey of African American Literature (F)
B10-2 Survey of African American Literature (W)
B25 African American Culture (S)
B40 Survey of African American Music (F)
B59 Intro to African American Drama (F)

Art History 405 
B10 Introduction to Visual Culture (S)
B20 Introduction to African Art (W)
B30 Introduction to American Art
B40 Introduction to Asian Art
B50 Introduction to European Art (F)

Art Theory & Practice 406 
B70 Introduction to the Understanding of Art (S)

Classics 414 
B40-1 Homer and Hellenism (S)
B40-2 Hellenistic and Roman Humanism
B60 Classical Mytholoy (FW)

Comparative Literary Studies 416 
B01-1 Western European Literature (S)
B01-2 Western European Literature (W)
B03 Introduction to Comedy
B04 Introduction to Tragedy (S)
B05 Introduction to Modern Drama
B06 European Fiction since 1900 (F)
B13 Introduction to Fiction
B71-1 Japanese Literature in Translation
B71-2 Japanese Literature in Translation
B71-3 Japanese Literature in Translation
B74-1 Introduction to Chinese Literature (S)
B74-2 Introduction to Chinese Literature (W)
B74-3 Introduction to Chinese Literature (F)
B75 Arabic Literature in Translation
B76 African Literature in Translation (S)
B79 Modern Jewish Literature (F)

English 419 
B10 English Literary Traditions (FS)
B11 Introduction to Poetry (F)
B12 Introduction to Drama (W)
B13 Introduction to Fiction (W)
B34 Introduction to Shakespeare (S)
B70-1 Introduction to American Literature (F)
B70-2 Introduction to American Literature (W)
B73 Intro to 20th-Century American Literature (S)

French 455 
B10 Introduction to French Literature—in French (FWS)
B71 Introduction to the French Novel—in French (S)
B72 Introduction to French Theatre—in French (F)
B76 Culture and Autobiography—in English
B78 From Novel to Film—in English

German 425 
B01-1 Introduction to German Literature—in German
B01-2 Introduction to German Literature—in German (F)
B01-3 Introduction to German Literature—in German (S)
B10-1 German Literature in Translation
B10-2 German Literature in Translation
B10-3 German Literature in Translation

Hispanic Studies 463 
B01-1 Intro to the Lit. & Civilization of Spain—in Spanish (F)
B01-2 Intro to the Lit. & Civilization of Spain—in Spanish (W)
B01-3 Intro to the Lit. & Civilization of Spain—in Spanish (S)
B02-1 Intro to the Literature of Latin America—in Spanish (F)
B02-2 Intro to the Literature of Latin America—in Spanish (W)
B02-3 Intro to the Literature of Latin America—in Spanish (S)
B23 Cervantes
B43 Contemporary Latin-American Prose Fiction—in English (F)

Integrated Arts Program 482 
A90 Art Process (W)
B91-1 Modes of Theater (S)
B91-2 Modes of Art (S)
B91-3 Modes of Music (F)
B91-4 Modes of Dance (W)

Italian 457 
B75 Dante's Divine Comedy (W)

Music Studies, General, for Non-majors 501 
A70 Introduction to Music (FWS)
B20 History of the Symphony (S)
B70-1 Western Musical Tradition (W)
B70-2 Western Musical Tradition (S)

Slavic Languages & Literatures 467 
B01-1 Masterpieces of Russian Literature—in Russian
B10-1 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (F)
B10-2 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (W)
B10-3 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (S)
B11-1 Intro to 20th Century Russian Literature (F)
B11-2 Intro to 20th Century Russian Literature (W)

Speech Courses, General 605 
A03 Analysis & Performance of Literature (FWS) 

Western Civilization

(Areas IV, V, and VI)

Weinberg College Distribution Requirement credit for the special Classics 414 or European Thought and Culture 430 courses listed below is granted only under the following conditions, all of which a student must meet:
  1. A student who completes only one of these courses will not receive any Distribution Requirement credit for it.
  2. A student who completes successfully two of these courses will receive two Distribution Requirement Credits. These credits can be counted in Areas IV, V, or VI, but both can not be counted in the same area.
  3. A student who completes successfully three or more of these classes will receive Distribution Requirement credit for each course completed, but the credits must be distributed as equally as possible among areas IV, V, and VI.
  4. In no case can a student receive two Distribution Requirement credits in the same area unless at least four of these courses are completed successfully.

Classics 414 
B10 Early Western Civilization (F)
B11 Classical Greece (W)
B12 Roman Civilization (S)

European Thought & Culture 430 
B13 The Middle Ages
B14 The Renaissance
B15 The Birth of Modernity (S)
B16 Age of Enlightenment
B17 The Romantic Period (F)
B18 Modern Culture: 19th Century (S)
B19 Modern Culture: 20th Century (F)

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