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Our curriculum balances breadth with depth, building academic specialization upon a liberal arts foundation in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Responsive to new ways of learning, we continue to develop interdisciplinary integration of the many forms of knowledge. While our students pursue specialized learning in their chosen majors, they also develop the framework for an integrated intellectual life, spiritually and morally informed.
The General Education requirements ensure that students develop core liberal arts competencies and encounter a broad range of liberal arts inquiries - social, scientific, humanistic, and artistic - embraced by the Denison University faculty. In addition, the requirements expose students to a diversity of perspectives that enable them to interact more effectively in an increasingly interdependent world. Thus, the General Education program seeks to accomplish three goals:
Development of competencies
Exposure to a broad variety of disciplines
Development of a global perspective
General Education: Summary of Requirements:
One, W101 Writing Workshop (First Year writing intensive workshop)
Two courses from the Fine Arts
Two courses from the Sciences (one fulfilling a lab requirement)
Two courses from the Social Sciences
Two courses from the Humanities
One interdivisional course from one of the following areas: Black Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Queer Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.
At a minimum, all students must complete an elementary year of Foreign Language 111-112 at the college level. Students who have studied a language in high school and who wish to continue study of that language at Denison in order to fulfill this requirement will, however, be expected to complete three semesters of that language (i.e., to pass or demonstrate proficiency in the language at the 211 level). All entering students who have studied a foreign language in high school must take the appropriate placement test during the orientation period. Language courses 111, 112, and 211 will not count toward the divisional distribution requirements, except for Latin and Greek 211, which may count toward the Humanities requirement unless used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.
Five of these general education courses (or other courses) must fulfill; one power and justice, one quantitative, one oral communication, and two writing intensive course requirements (one of which must be taken in the sophomore year).
Only one course from a single department may be used to fulfill the divisional requirements.