General Education, Majors, Electives

General Education Program

Overview

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 faculty of Denison University. 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:

  1. Development of competencies 
  2. Exposure to a broad variety of disciplines
  3. Development of a global perspective 

General Education: Summary of Requirements: 

  • First-Year Seminar 101
  • First-Year Seminar 102 (Usually this selection fulfills one of the divisional requirements from Fine Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, or Humanities.)
    • The First Year Seminar 102 course is counted in the home department of the teaching faculty member and is subject to the single departmental course rule for the divisional general education policy.
  • 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 Studies.
  • Foreign Language
    • 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.
  • Three of these general education courses (or other courses) must fulfill one power and justice, one quantitative, and one oral communication requirement.
  • Only one course from a single department may be used to fulfill the divisional requirements.
General Education Program

The General Education requirements ensure that students develop core liberal arts competencies and encounter a broad range of liberal arts inquiries embraced by the faculty of Denison University.  In addition, the requirements expose students to a diversity of perspectives that enable them to interact more effectively in an increasingly interdependent world.  Please refer to the General Education Program for more details.

Summary of the General Education Requirements:

  • Two courses from the Fine Arts (different disciplines).  This requirement can be fulfilled by courses taken in Studio Art, Art History, Cinema, Dance, Music and Theatre.
  • Two courses from the Social Sciences (different disciplines).  This requirement can be fulfilled by courses taken in Communication, Economics, Education, Physical Education, Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology.
  • Two courses from the Humanities (different disciplines).  This requirement can be fulfilled by courses taken in Classics, English, History, Language (beyond 211 level), Philosophy and Religion.
  • Two courses from the Sciences (one fulfilling a lab requirement; different disciplines).  This requirement can be fulfilled by courses taken in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy and Psychology.
  • One Interdivisional, which can be fulfilled by a course taken in Black Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Latin and Caribbean Studies, Queer Studies or Women’s Studies.
  • One Writing Requirement, FYS 101, which can be fulfilled by courses that have been identified with the ‘S’ designation.  This requirement can be also satisfied by the Literature and Composition AP exam or the Language and Composition AP exam if a score of 4 or 5 has been achieved.
  • One Power and Justice, which can be fulfilled by courses that have been identified with the ‘P’ designation.
  • One Quantitative Reasoning, which can be fulfilled by courses that have been identified with the ‘Q’ designation.
  • One Oral Communication, which can be fulfilled by courses that have been identified with the ‘R’ designation.
  • Foreign Language Requirement.  Students must either complete 111-112 in a language in which no high school course work was undertaken or 211 in a language in which the student had high school experience.
  • One FYS 102, First Year Topical Seminar.  FYS 102 courses are designed to enhance student research and writing skills in the context of topics in the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Denison’s interdisciplinary programs.