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2002-2003 Courses for Distribution Credit

This list is valid for 2002-2003 ONLY

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. The availability and/or schedules for courses marked (TBA) had not yet been set as of August 2002.

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. Interdisciplinary Studies

Area I Natural Sciences

Anthropology (ANTHRO) 
213 Human Origins (S) 
Astronomy (ASTRON) 
101 Modern Cosmology (F) 
103 Solar System (W) 
120 Highlights of Astronomy (S) 
Biological Sciences (BIOL SCI) 
Note: any quarter of Biological Sciences 210-1,2,3 can be counted as one credit of the Area I requirement. 
101 Biology in the Information Age (F) 
102 Human Abilities (F) 
103 Diversity of Life (WS) 
112 Biotechnology and Society (W) 
164 Genetics (S) 
Chemistry (CHEM) 
Note: any quarter of Chemistry 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 (W) 
Civil Engineering (CIV ENG) 
206 Environmental Literacy (S) 
Cognitive Science (COG SCI) 
210 Language and the Brain (S) 
Communication Sciences & Disorders (COMM SCI) 
202 Biological Foundations of Communication (WS) 
Geological Sciences (GEOL SCI) 
101 Earth Processes & Products (S) 
107 Plate Tectonics (WS) 
110 The Earth as a Planet (S) 
111 Global Environmental Change (FW) 
114 Uniformity, Catastrophe & Meaning of Evolution (F) 
201 Surface Processes (F) 
Linguistics (LING) 
250 Sound Patterns in Human Language (S) 
Materials Science (MAT SCI) 
101 Modern Materials and Society (S) 
Physics (PHYSICS) 
Note: any quarter of Physics 125-1,2,3 can be counted as one credit of the Area I requirement. 
103 Ideas of Physics (S) 
130-1 Introductory College Physics (F) 
130-2 Introductory College Physics (W) 
135-1 General Physics (FS) 
135-2 General Physics (FW) 
Psychology (PSYCH) 
212 Introduction to Neuroscience (FS)

Area II Formal Studies

Computer Science (COMP SCI) 
110 Intro to Computer Programming (FWS) 
111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming (FW) 
Linguistics (LING)
260 Formal Analysis of Words & Sentences (FW) 
270 Meaning (F) 
Mathematics (MATH)
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) 
General Music (GEN MUS) 
252 Harmony (TBA) 
Philosophy (PHIL) 
150 Elementary Logic I (F) 
250 Elementary Logic II (W) 
Statistics (STAT) 
202 Introduction to Statistics (FWS)
210 Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences (FWS)  

Area III Social and Behavioral Sciences

African American Studies (AF AM ST) 
236-1 Introduction to African American Studies (F) 
236-2 Introduction to African American Studies (W) 
Anthropology (ANTHRO) 
105 Fundamentals of Anthropology (F) 
211 Culture and Society (F) 
215 Study of Culture Through Language (W) 
225 The Evolution of Human Society (W) 
Economics (ECON) 
201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (FWS) 
202 Introduction to Microeconomics (FWS) 
Gender Studies (GNDR ST) 
210 Gender, Power and Culture in America (W) 
International Studies (INTL ST) 
201-3 Introduction to the World System (S) 
Linguistics (LING)
220 Language and Society (S)
Political Science (POLI SCI) 
204 Politics and Nature (S) 
220 American Government and Politics (FW) 
221 Urban Politics and Policies (W) 
230 Introduction to Law in the Political Arena (FS) 
240 Introduction to International Relations (FS) 
250 Introduction to Comparative Politics (FW) 
Psychology (PSYCH) 
110 Introduction to Psychology (FWS) 
204 Social Psychology (FS)
218 Developmental Psychology (FW)
Sociology (SOCIOL) 

110 Introduction to Sociology (FWS) 
201 Social Inequality: Race, Class, Power (FW) 
202 Social Problems: Norms and Deviance (FS) 
203 Revolutions and Social Change (S) 
204 Social Interaction: Individual & Society (F) 
205 American Society (S) 
207 Problems of Cities (FS) 
215 Economy and Society (W) 
216 Gender and Society (W)

Area IV Historical Studies

See also "Interdisciplinary Studies," below.

African American Studies (AF AM ST) 
220 The Civil Rights Movement (S) 
Anthropology (ANTHRO)
214 Cultural Origins (W)
Gender Studies (GNDR ST) 
231 Gender: Voices and Visions (F) 
German (GERMAN) 
233-1 German History and Culture—in English (F) 
233-2 German History and Culture—in English (S)
History (HISTORY) 
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 (W) 
255-2 Background to African Civilization & Culture (F) 
255-3 Background to African Civilization & Culture (W) 
281 Chinese Civilization (F) 
285 Indian Civilization (W) 
International Studies (INTL ST) 
201-1 Introduction to the World System (F)
201-2 Introduction to the World System (W)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LATIN AM)
251 Introduction to Latino Studies (FS)
Political Science (POLI SCI)
201 History of Political Thought (F)
Slavic Languages & Literatures (SLAVIC)
257 Introduction to the Soviet Union & Successor States (S)
261 Polish Culture in the 20th Century (S)

Area V Values

See also "Interdisciplinary Studies," below.

Anthropology (ANTHRO) 
220 Evolution of Moral Systems (S) 
232 Myth and Symbolism (S) 
255 Contemporary African Worlds (F) 
German (GERMAN) 
240 The Theme of Faust through the Ages (S) 
International Studies (INTL ST) 
202 International Ethics (S) 
Linguistics (LING) 
221 Language and Prejudice (WS) 
222 Language, Politics and Identity (W)
Philosophy (PHIL) 
110 Introduction to Philosophy (F) 
111 Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (W) 
209 Introduction to Existentialism (S) 
210-1 The History of Philosophy (F) 
210-2 The History of Philosophy (W) 
210-3 The History of Philosophy (S) 
260 Ethics (F) 
261 Classics of Ethical & Political Theory (S) 
263 Social and Political Philosophy (W) 
265 Introduction to the Philosophy of Law (F) 
266 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (W) 
Religion (RELIGION) 
110 Religion in Human Experience (F) 
210 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (S) 
211 New Testament Origins (W) 
220 Introduction to Hinduism (S) 
222 Introduction to Buddhism (WS) 
226 Introduction to Christianity (F) 
228 Introduction to Islam (F) 
229 Introduction to Native American Religions (W)  

Area VI Literature and Fine Arts

See also "Interdisciplinary Studies," below.

African American Studies (AF AM ST) 
210-1 Survey of African American Literature (W) 
210-2 Survey of African American Literature (S) 
225 African American Culture (F) 
259 Introduction to African American Drama (W) 
Art History (ART HIST) 
224 Introduction to Prehistoric and Archaic Art (W) 
230 Introduction to American Art and Architecture (S) 
235 Introduction to Latin American Art (F) 
250 Introduction to European Art (W) 
Art Theory & Practice (ART) 
270 Introduction to the Understanding of Art (FW) 
Classics (CLASSICS) 
240-1 Homer and Hellenism (F) 
260 Classical Mythology (F) 
Comparative Literary Studies (COMP LIT) 
202 The Novel: Theory and Practice (F) 
206 Literature and New Media (FW) 
210 The Bible as Literature (F) 
271-1 Japanese Literature in Translation (F) 
271-2 Japanese Literature in Translation (W) 
271-4 Japanese Literature in Translation (F) 
276 African Literature in Translation (F) 
279 Modern Jewish Literature (F) 
English (ENGLISH) 
210-1 English Literary Traditions (F) 
210-2 English Literary Traditions (S) 
211 Introduction to Poetry (S) 
212 Introduction to Drama (F) 
213 Introduction to Fiction (F) 
234 Introduction to Shakespeare (FS) 
260 Introduction to 20th-Century British Literature (S) 
270-1 American Literary Traditions (F) 
270-2 American Literary Traditions (W) 
273 Intro to 20th-Century American Literature (W) 
275 Introduction to Asian American Literature (S) 
French (FRENCH) 
210 Introduction to French Literature—in French (FWS) 
271 Introduction to the French Novel—in French (F) 
272 Introduction to French Theater—in French (W) 
German (GERMAN) 
201-2 Introduction to German Literature—in German (W) 
201-4 Introduction to German Literature—in German (S) 
210-2 German Literature in Translation (W) 
Integrated Arts Program (INTG ART) 
190 Art Process (W) 
291-1 Modes of Theater (S) 
291-2 Modes of Art (S) 
291-3 Modes of Music (F) 
Italian (ITALIAN) 
275 Dante’s Divine Comedy (F) 
General Music (GEN MUS) 
170 Introduction to Music (FWS) 
220 History of the Symphony (TBA) 
230 Masterpieces of Opera (F) 
270-1 Western Musical Tradition (TBA) 
270-2 Western Musical Tradition (TBA) 
Slavic Languages & Literatures (SLAVIC) 
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) 
Spanish (SPANISH) 
243 Contemporary Spanish-American Prose Fiction (W) 
250 Spanish Lit. & Civilization Before 1700—in Spanish (WS) 
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 (FS) 
General Speech and Introductory Courses (GEN SPCH) 
103 Analysis & Performance of Literature (FWS) 

Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary courses listed below may be counted toward one of the three distribution areas—IV (Historical Studies), V (Values), or VI (Literature and Fine Arts)—as determined by the student. The student’s second distribution course in that selected area cannot be another Interdisciplinary Studies course. For example, if a student elects to count EUR TH 214 in Area IV, the second Area IV distribution course must be selected from the courses listed under Area IV above. 

Classics (CLASSICS) 
210 Early Western Civilization (F) 
211 Classical Greece (W) 
212 Roman Civilization (S) 
European Thought & Culture (EUR TH) 
214 The Renaissance (F) Back to top