Basic Liberal Studies Requirements

Courses used to fulfill these requirements must be selected from the list approved by the College of Arts and Sciences (see previous page). Basic Liberal Studies requirements are designed only for students in the College of Arts and Sciences, but they also fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. Courses in a student’s major may not be used to fulfill requirements in Fine Arts and Literature, Letters, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences. Students completing a double major, however, may use courses from one major of their choice to fulfill these requirements.*

BACHELOR OF ARTS

English Communication: 6 credits
(3 must be in a writing course; the other 3 may be in another writing course at the 200 level or higher or may be selected from the general communication courses)

Fine Arts and Literature: 6 credits
(3 in Fine Arts; 3 in Literature)

Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence: 6 credits
Choose one of the following options:
• Two-course sequence in a language studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a modern language or 301 in a classical language
• Demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by examination or by successful completion of 104 (or higher) in a modern language or 302 in a classical language
• Two-course sequence in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level (101, 102)
• Study abroad in an approved academic program for at least one semester. Summer programs, including the URI in England program, will not satisfy this requirement.

Letters: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Natural Sciences: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

Social Sciences: 6 credits* (Must be from multiple disciplines.)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, AND BACHELOR OF MUSIC

English Communication: 6 credits
(3 must be in a writing course; the other 3 may be in another writing course at the 200 level or higher or may be selected from the general communication courses)

Fine Arts and Literature: 6 credits
(3 in Fine Arts; 3 in Literature)

Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence: 6 credits
Choose one of the following options:
• Two-course sequence in a language studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a modern language or 301 in a classical language
• Demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by examination or by successful completion of 104 (or higher) in a modern language or 302 in a classical language
• Two-course sequence in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level (101, 102)
• Study abroad in an approved academic program for at least one semester. Summer programs will not satisfy this requirement.
• Two courses in cross-cultural competence selected from the following list: FRN 309 [D], 310[D], 320 [D],391, 392; HIS 132 [D], 171 [D], 172 [D], 180 [D], 311[D], 327 [D], 374 [D], 375 [D]; HPR 201/202F; NRS 300; NUR 160; PHL 331 [D]; RLS 131[D]; SPA 320 [D]; TMD 224 [D]. Six credits of a full-semester approved Intercultural Internship in a foreign country through the Center for Career and Experiential Education may be substituted for cross-cultural competence courses.

Letters: 6 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Natural Sciences: 6 credits

Social Sciences: 6 credits


* Students may use only one course per discipline (as identified by the course code) to fulfill requirements in Letters, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, except that students earning both a B.A. and another degree are exempt from this rule. For an explanation of course codes, see How to Read This Catalog.