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1999-2000 Courses for Distribution Credit

This list is valid for 1999-2000 ONLY

Note: 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 Undergraduate Studies and Advising, 1922 Sheridan Road, 491-7567, or email

Note: Letters in parentheses indicate the quarter in which departments intend to offer courses. Actual offerings will appear in the Class Schedule available before advance registration for each quarter and on a quarterly list published by the WCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising. Departments marked (NA) had not yet set their yearly schedule as of May 1999.

Note: Course numbers reflect the new Northwestern numbering system: former A-level courses are now 100 level courses; B-level courses are now 200 level courses.

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 
213 Human Origins (W) 
Astronomy 407 (NA) 
101 Modern Cosmology 
102 Milky Way Galaxy 
103 Solar System 
120 Highlights of Astronomy 
Biological Sciences 409 
Note: any quarter of Biological Sciences 409-210-1,2,3 can be counted as one credit of the Area I requirement. 
103 Diversity of Life (W) 
112 Biotechnology and Society (W) 
124 Biological Clocks (F) 
160 Human Reproduction  
164 Genetics and People 
170 Concepts of Biology (FWS) 
Chemistry 411 
Note: any quarter of Chemistry 411-210-1,2,3 or 212-1,2,3 can be counted as one credit of the Area I requirement. 
101 General Chemistry (F) 
102 General Inorganic Chemistry (W) 
171 Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry (F) 
172 Accelerated General Physical Chemistry (W) 
201 Chemistry of Nature & Culture (S) 
202 Color Science  
Civil Engineering 720 
206 Environmental Literacy (S) 
Cognitive Science 452 
210 Language and the Brain (S) 
Communication Sciences & Disorders 620 
202 Biological Foundations of Communication (FS) 
Geological Sciences 423 
101 Earth Processes & Products (S) 
106 The Ocean, Atmosphere & Our Climate (FS) 
107 Plate Tectonics (FS) 
110 The Earth as a Planet (WS) 
111 Human Dimensions of Global Change (WS) 
114 Uniformity, Catastrophe & Meaning of Evolution 
Materials Science 750 
101 Modern Materials and Society (S) 
Physics 447 (NA) 
Note: any quarter of Physics 447-125-1,2,3 can be counted as one credit of the Area I requirement. 
103 Ideas of Physics  
130-1 Introductory College Physics  
130-2 Introductory College Physics  
135-1 General Physics  
135-2 General Physics  
Psychology 451 
212 Introduction to Neuroscience (FS) 

Area II Formal Studies

Computer Science 725 
110 Intro to Computer Programming (FWS) 
111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming (FW) 
Linguistics 434 
206 Formal Analysis of Words & Sentences (FWS) 
207 Sound Patterns in Human Language (S) 
Mathematics 435 
Note: a student who has passed a course in mathematics above 214-2 with a grade of C- or better will be considered as having satisfied the Area II requirement. 
104 Games and Fallacies (W) 
110 Survey of Modern Mathematics I (F) 
111 Survey of Modern Mathematics II (W) 
210-1 Math for the Behavioral Sciences (F) 
210-2 Math for the Behavioral Sciences (W) 
213 Review of Calculus of One Variable (F) 
214-1 Calculus (FW) 
214-2 Calculus (FWS) 
Music Studies, General, for Non-majors 501 
252 Harmony (F) 
Philosophy 439 
150 Elementary Logic I (F) 
250 Elementary Logic II (W) 
Statistics 473 
201 Statistics and Public Policy  
202 Introduction to Statistics (FWS) 
210 Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences (FWS)

Area III Social and Behavioral Sciences

African American Studies 404 (NA) 
236-1 Introduction to African American Studies  
236-2 Introduction to African American Studies  
Anthropology 403 
105 Fundamentals of Anthropology (F) 
211 Culture and Society (F) 
215 Study of Culture Through Language (F) 
225 The Evolution of Human Society (W) 
Economics 417 
201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (FWS) 
202 Introduction to Microeconomics (FWS) 
International Studies 495 
201-3 Introduction to the World System (S) 
Linguistics 434 
204 The Language and Prejudice (FWS) 
209 Language and Society (F) 
Political Science 449 
201 Introduction to Political Theory (F) 
204 Politics and Nature (S) 
220 American Government and Politics (WS) 
230 Introduction to Law in the Political Arena (WS) 
240 Introduction to International Relations (FS) 
250 Introduction to Comparative Politics (FW) 
Psychology 451 
110 Introduction to Psychology (FWS) 
204 Social Psychology (FS) 
Sociology 471 (NA) 
110 Introduction to Sociology  
201 Social Inequality: Race, Class, Power  
202 Social Problems: Norms and Deviance  
203 Revolutions and Social Change  
204 Social Interaction: Individual & Society  
205 American Society  
206 Law and Society  
207 Problems of Cities  
215 Economy and Society  
216 Gender and Society  
Women's Studies 480 
210 Introduction to Women's Studies (S) 
Writing Arts 486 
112-1 Modes: Language & Social Policy

Area IV Historical Studies

See also "Western Civilization," below.

African American Studies 404 (NA) 
214-1 History of Racial Minorities in North America  
214-2 History of Racial Minorities in North America
245 Black Communities of the Diaspora
German 425 
233-1 German History & Culture—in English  
233-2 German History & Culture—in English 
History 427 
201-1 European Civilization (W) 
201-2 European Civilization (S) 
210-1 History of the United States (F) 
210-2 History of the United States (W) 
214 Asian American History (F) 
255-1 Background to African Civilization & Culture (W) 
255-2 Background to African Civilization & Culture  
255-3 Background to African Civilization & Culture (S) 
260 Britain, 1688-Present (former Hist. of England) (F) 
270 Islam in History (F) 
274 History of Ancient Egypt (W) 
275-1 History of Western Science & Medicine  
275-2 History of Western Science & Medicine (S) 
281 Chinese Civilization (W)
284 Japanese Civilization  
285 Indian Civilization (F) 
International Studies 495 
201-1 Introduction to the World System (F) 
201-2 Introduction to the World System (W) 
Slavic Languages & Literatures 467 
255 Early Slavic Civilization—in English  
257 Intro to the Soviet Union & Successor States (S)

Area V Values

See also "Western Civilization," below.

Anthropology 403 
220 Evolution of Moral Systems (S) 
232 Myth and Symbolism (S) 
German 425 
240 Theme of Faust through the Ages (S) 
International Studies 495 
202 International Ethics (W) 
Philosophy 439 
110 Introduction to Philosophy (F) 
111 Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy  
209 Introduction to Existentialism  
210-1 The History of Philosophy (F) 
210-2 The History of Philosophy  
210-3 The History of Philosophy (S) 
220 Science in Human Culture (F) 
260 Ethics (W) 
261 Classics of Ethical & Political Theory (F) 
263 Social and Political Philosophy (W) 
265 Introduction to the Philosophy of Law (FS) 
266 Philosophy of Religion  
Religion 429 
110 Religion in Human Experience (FWS) 
210 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (F) 
211 New Testament Origins  
220 Introduction to Hinduism (F) 
222 Introduction to Buddhism (FS) 
224 Introduction to Judaism (S) 
226 Introduction to Christianity (W)  
228 Introduction to Islam  
Writing Arts 486 
110-1 Modes: Social Order & the Right to Dissent 
111-1 Modes: Self-Sacrifice: Martyr in History & Lit 
113-5 Modes: Time and Chance 
114-5 Modes: The Bible and its Transformations (W)

Area VI Literature and Fine Arts

See also "Western Civilization," below.

African American Studies 404 (NA) 
210-1 Survey of African American Literature  
210-2 Survey of African American Literature  
225 African American Culture  
240-1,-2,-3 Survey of African American Music  
259 Intro to African American Drama  
Art History 405 
220 Introduction to African Art  
224 Introduction to Prehistoric and Archaic Art (F) 
228 Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art (W) 
230 Introduction to American Art and Architecture (S) 
240 Introduction to Asian Art (FS) 
250 Introduction to European Art (F) 
Art Theory & Practice 406 
270 Introduction to the Understanding of Art (F) 
Classics 414 
240-1 Homer and Hellenism (F) 
240-2 Athenian Drama (W) 
240-3 Hellenistic and Roman Humanism  
260 Classical Mythology ((S)  
Comparative Literary Studies 416 
201-1 Western European Literature  
202 Practices of Reading (WS) 
203 Introduction to Comedy  
206 European Fiction since 1900 (W) 
210 The Bible as Literature (WS) 
213 Introduction to Fiction  
271-1 Japanese Literature in Translation (W) 
271-2 Japanese Literature in Translation (F) 
271-3 Japanese Literature in Translation (FW 
274-1 Introduction to Chinese Literature (S) 
274-2 Introduction to Chinese Literature (W) 
274-3 Introduction to Chinese Literature (F) 
275 Arabic Literature in Translation  
276 African Literature in Translation 
279 Modern Jewish Literature (F) 
280 Interpreting Culture  
English 419 
210 English Literary Traditions (FW) 
211 Introduction to Poetry (S) 
212 Introduction to Drama (W) 
213 Introduction to Fiction (W) 
234 Introduction to Shakespeare (FS) 
260 Introduction to 20th-Cent. British Lit (F) 
270-1 Introduction to American Literature (W) 
270-2 Introduction to American Literature (F) 
273 Intro to 20th-Century American Lit (S) 
French 455 
210 Introduction to French Literature—in French (FWS) 
271 Introduction to the French Novel—in French (W) 
272 Introduction to French Theater—in French (S) 
279 Introduction to French Theater in Translation (F) 
German 425 
201-1 Introduction to German Literature—in German (F) 
201-2 Introduction to German Literature—in German (S) 
201-3 Introduction to German Literature—in German  
210-1 German Literature in Translation  
210-2 German Literature in Translation  
210-3 German Literature in Translation  
Hispanic Studies 463 
250 Spanish Lit. & Civilization Before 1700—in Spanish (FWS) 
251 Spanish Lit. & Civilization Since 1700—in Spanish (FW) 
260 Latin Amer. Lit. and Culture Before 1888—in Spanish (WS) 
261 Latin Amer. Lit. and Culture Since 1888—in Spanish (FWS) 
Integrated Arts Program 482 
190 Art Process (W) 
291-1 Modes of Theater (S) 
291-2 Modes of Art (S) 
291-3 Modes of Music (F) 
291-4 Modes of Dance (F) 
Italian 457 
275 Dante's Divine Comedy (S)
290 Memory, Exile and the Italian Diaspora (F) 
Music Studies, General 501 
170 Intro to Music (F)
220 History of Symphony (W)
270-1 Western Musical Tradition (W) 
270-2 Western Musical Tradition (S) 
Slavic Languages & Literatures 467 
210-1 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (F) 
210-2 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (W) 
210-3 Intro to Russian Literature—in English (S) 
211-1 Intro to 20th Century Russian Literature (F) 
211-2 Intro to 20th Century Russian Literature (S) 
Speech Courses, General 601 
103 Analysis & Performance of Literature (FWS)

Western Civilization

(Areas IV, V, and VI)

Weinberg Distribution Requirement credit for the special Classics 414, European Thought and Culture 430, and German 425 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 cannot 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 
210 Early Western Civilization (F) 
211 Classical Greece (W) 
212 Roman Civilization (S) 
European Thought & Culture 430 
213 The Middle Ages  
214 The Renaissance (W) 
215 The Birth of Modernity (W) 
216 Age of Enlightenment  
217 The Romantic Period (F) 
218 Modern Culture: 19th Century (S) 
219 Modern Culture: 20th Century  
German 425 
241-1 Jews and Germans: Intercultural History I (F) 
241-2 Jews and Germans: Intercultural History II (W)

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