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; and 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.
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.
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.