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Distribution requirements

All students complete 18 courses outside the School of Communication. Each major has specific distribution requirements.

  Distribution Areas

 

Math/Science/ Technology

Individual and Social Behavior

Humanities and Fine Arts

Additional Distribution Courses

Human Communication Sciences (HCS has additional specific distro requirements, see the major requirements for details) 3 3 3 9
Communication Studies 3 3 3 9
Performance Studies 2 3 3 10
Radio/Television/Film 2 3 3 10
Theatre 2 3 3 10
Dance 2 3 3 10


Special Courses and Distribution Requirements

Course Type

Can be Applied As

WCAS Independent Studies Maximum of 2 Additional Distribution Courses
WCAS Freshman Seminars Additional Distribution Courses (Except English can count as HFA)
Internship (Chicago Field Studies) One unit of internship can apply to additional distribution requirements
Apprenticeship, professional linkage seminars, and practicum courses May not apply to distribution requirements; only to electives
Residential College Tutorials Only if approved as WCAS distribution courses, and not taught by SoC faculty, may then count for SoC distributions

Note: many of the courses approved as distribution courses may have prerequisite course requirements, or enrollment may be limited to students in the major. Check CAESAR for details

Math/Science/Technology Distribution Area

Courses in this area share a foundation in the scientific method, in which empirical data is interpreted, and hypotheses about the causes of natural and social phenomena are tested by repeatable experiments.  Key tools in this enterprise are mathematics and other forms of symbolic reasoning.  Classes in these topics train students to analyze and interpret complex information, recognize patterns, reach sound conclusions, and convey those conclusions to others in an effective manner.

Courses that are approved as either natural sciences or formal studies distribution requirements for WCAS are accepted as math/science/technology courses for SoC.

Music Technology and Music Theory courses also count for math/science/technology.


Math/Science/Technology Accepted Subjects


Anthropology – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
General Music – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS (Gen Mus 252 and 253)
Astronomy Geography – Only those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Biological Sciences Initiative for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) – Only those approved as natural science by WCAS
Chemistry – consult the Department for placement information if you have prior work in college-level chemistry. Linguistics – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Civil Engineering 206 Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences – for students in the MMSS program
Cognitive Science Mathematics – If you have prior college level math, take the online placement test or consult the Math Department for more information.
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 108, 112, 202, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 310 and 318; prerequisites may apply; CSD majors may not use CSD courses to fulfill their distribution requirements. Material Science 101 and any approved for natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Design (Only courses offered through the McCormick School of Engineering) Music Technology and Music Theory and Cognition; Also, Gen Mus 252 and 253
Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS) Physics – Consult the Physics Department for appropriate placement if you have prior work in calculus-level physics.
Environmental Science Philosophy (only courses designated as formal studies by WCAS)
Earth & Planetary Sciences Psychology –  those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Econ 381 Econometrics Statistics (including statistics offered in any department)
Econ 281 Intro to Applied Econometrics SESP 210


Note: While not necessarily recommended for non-majors, any 300-level course in astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, cognitive science, earth and planetary science, math, mathematical methods in the social sciences (MMSS), physics, or statistics will be accepted toward the math/science/technology distribution requirement.


Individual/Social Behavior Distribution Area

Courses in this area use empirical methods and social and cultural theories in order to explain human behavior.  The area includes classes in history, the social and behavioral sciences, and the study of communal and individual values.

Courses in several of the “Studies” departments (African-American, American, Asian American, Gender, Latina and Latino) and Journalism may satisfy either Individual/Social Behavior or Humanities/Fine Arts.


Individual and Social Behavior Accepted Subjects

African-American Studies Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) (sophomore standing required)
American Studies (must be admitted to the program to enroll) International Studies
Anthropology (except those that satisfy MST) Journalism courses for non-majors
Asian American Studies Latina and Latino Studies
Business Institutions 239, 260 Legal Studies
Classics Linguistics (except those that satisfy MST)
Economics Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) (except Humanities topics)
Entrepreneurship Philosophy (except those designated as formal studies, which are MST)
Environmental Policy Political Science
Gender Studies Psychology (except those that satisfy MST)
Global Health Religion
Geography 240, 312, 313 School of Education & Social Policy courses (all majors) (Stat 210 is MST)
History Sociology
IEMS 225  


Humanities/Fine Arts Distribution Area

Courses in this area examine artistic, linguistic, and cultural practices, and help students hone their creative, expressive, and analytical skills.

Courses in several of the “Studies” departments (African-American, American, Asian American, Gender, Latina and Latino) and Journalism may satisfy either Individual/Social Behavior or Humanities/Fine Arts.


African-American Studies Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Yiddish)
American Studies (must be admitted to the program to enroll) Gender Studies
Art Theory and Practice Humanities
Art History Jewish Studies
Asian American Studies Journalism courses for non-majors
Asian Languages and Cultures Latina and Latino Studies
Classics Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) (except Individual and Social Behavior topics)
Comparative Literature Music (with significant exceptions; see the next section of this guide for more information)
English Slavic Languages and Literature

 


Music Courses for SoC Students

Not all courses in the School of Music may be applied toward the SoC degree. SoC categorizes undergraduate courses in the School of Music into several groups. Each type of course is treated differently in calculating your progress toward a degree. 

View the list of music courses and categories.
Categories explained below.

Category

Count for degree?

HFA or MST

An unlimited number of credits of HFA or MST courses may be applied toward the 42 for the SoC degree, and may be applied to both HFA or MST requirements and general distribution requirements.

Applied

Up to 3 credits may be applied toward the 42 for the SoC degree, and may be applied to both HFA and general distribution requirements. Above 3 credits, these courses may not apply toward the SoC degree.

Additional Distro

Up to 2 credits of independent study outside SoC may be applied toward the 42 for the SoC degree as general distribution requirements. Above 2 credits, additional credits of non-SoC independent study may be applied toward the 42 for the SoC degree as electives.

Elective

May be applied as electives toward the 42 for the SoC degree.

N/A

Not permitted to apply toward 42 credits for SoC degree.