Curriculum Requirements

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You have chosen a school that emphasizes the liberal arts, so you should be expecting — and eager — to play the intellectual field. Explore. Learn broadly. Use your first two years to see which areas of study excite you, and draw on your strengths so that you can choose a major wisely.

The Undergraduate Bulletin is an essential document that describes the academic policies that bind both students and the University, including your core academic requirements. You can find the Undergraduate Bulletin at It is a document that you will need to read carefully and refer to throughout your time at Wake Forest.

Bookmark the section titled “Requirements for Degrees.” These requirements are also summarized over the next few pages.

Core Requirements

Basic requirements

First-Year Seminar (FYS 100, 3 hours): Required for all students. This class is to be taken during the first year. Read more information for First-Year Seminar.

Writing Seminar (WRI 111, 4 hours): Required unless you are exempted by an AP Language & Composition score of 4 or 5 or AP Literature & Composition score of 5 only, or IB higher-level English Language score of 6 or 7. This class is to be taken during the first year. View the description for WRI.

A 200-level foreign language course (3 hours), which might require prerequisites: Placement is determined by the Foreign Language Placement Test. See the Foreign Language Placement section on (#3 Under “Steps to Complete Prior to Registration”). You might be exempt based on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate score. Students whose primary language (the language of instruction in the student’s prior schooling) is other than English are exempt from the basic requirement in foreign language and may have some restrictions on Division II choices. Please contact Dr. Tom Phillips ( for more information.

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

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 electives. CD and QR designations are found after course descriptions in the Undergraduate Bulletin and under course attributes on WIN.

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, and potential prerequisite 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. The Course Completion Checklist ( also lists current courses that meet divisional requirements.

Humanities 2 Courses*

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Study of Religions
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Literatures 1 Course

  • Literatures Written in English (English Department)
  • In English Translation (Classical Languages, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French Studies, German and Russian. Spanish and Italian, and the Program in Humanities)

Fine Arts 1 Course

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance

Social Sciences 2 Courses*

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Politics and International Affairs
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Math & Natural Sciences 2 Courses*

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

* must be from two different departments