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Curriculum Requirements

Before you settle down on a major, we want you to play the intellectual field. The core curriculum requirements (consisting of both basic and divisional requirements) are intended to introduce you to various fields of knowledge — laying the foundation for concentration in a major or related field. For more information please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (The 2013-2014 Bulletin will be posted later this summer, until then the 2012-1013 Bulletin, which is very similar, will provide any needed information).

Our starting point is to note that the Undergraduate Bulletin contains many statements and policies that bind both the student and the University. Please read it carefully, and get in the habit of using it for reference throughout your time at Wake Forest.

Please note the 2013-2014 academic calendar on the inside front cover of the Bulletin. This calendar can also be found on the University website.  It contains important dates regarding holidays, exams, and course drop and add dates. All of these dates deserve your careful attention as you make plans for this year and next.

The core curriculum requirements are intended to introduce you to various fields of knowledge and lay the foundation for concentration in a major or related field during your junior and senior years. For these reasons, you should aim to complete these requirements within your first two years.  These requirements consist of both “Basic” and “Divisional” Requirements.

Basic Requirements

First-Year Seminar (FYS 100, 3 hours): required for all students.

Writing Seminar (WRI 111, 4 hours): required unless you are exempted by an AP Language & Composition or AP Literature & Composition score of 4 or 5, or IB English Language score of 6 or 7.

200-level foreign language course (3 hours):  may require prerequisites or may be exempt based on AP/IB or placement score; first course placement determined by Foreign Language Placement Exam (see section on FLP)

Health and Exercise Science (HES 100 and 101, 1 hour each): required for all students.

Divisional Requirements

You must complete courses in each of the five divisions of the undergraduate curriculum while enrolled at Wake Forest. Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit for these courses can be used for elective credit but cannot be used to satisfy divisional requirements. Courses satisfying a divisional requirement are designated (D) after their descriptions in the Undergraduate Bulletin and under course attributes on WIN. One course cannot satisfy the requirement for two divisions, cross-listed courses satisfy a requirement in one division only. Language Courses at the 200-level do not fulfill the Division II literature requirement. A list of courses that fulfills each divisional can be found here on the Registrar’s website.

Number of Courses Required
* must be in two different departments
I. HumanitiesHistory; Philosophy; Religion2*
II. LiteraturesLiteratures Written in English (English Department) In English Translation (Classical Languages, East Asian Languages and Cultures, German and Russian, and the Program in Humanities)1
III. Fine ArtsArt, Music, Theatre and Dance1
IV. Social SciencesAnthropology, Communication, Economics, Education, Politics and International Affairs, Psychology, Sociology2*
V. Math and Natural SciencesBiology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics2*

Cultural Diversity and Quantitative Reasoning Requirements

One Cultural Diversity (CD) and one Quantitative Reasoning (QR) course are required. These can be taken at the basic, divisional, or major/minor level or as an elective. CD and QR designations are in the Undergraduate Bulletin. A list of courses that fulfills the CD/QR requirment can be found here on the Registrar’s website.