The Distribution component expresses one of the fundamental values of a liberal arts education: That every graduate should have a broad exposure to significant areas of human inquiry and cultural practice. Through this exposure, students cultivate a diversity of interests, gain an awareness of multiple intellectual frameworks, and learn a variety of approaches to solving problems. To fulfill the Distribution component, students must earn (with a grade of C- or higher) twenty credits in each of these four areas:
- Arts and Humanities (8 credits)
- Mathematical Sciences (4 credits)
- Natural Sciences (4 credits)
- Social Sciences (4 credits)
While some courses are designated in more than one Distribution category, each course may only be counted one time toward the Distribution requirement. To complete the Distribution requirement, students must finish four distinct courses with four distinct department/program prefixes.