Distributive Studies

From the NIU Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13

Distributive Studies Area Requirements and Course Descriptions


The required minimum of 29 semester hours in the distributive studies areas (humanities and the arts, sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies) will help students attain a sound liberal education and acquire sufficient general knowledge and intellectual versatility to enable them to become informed and resourceful members of society. Therefore, students will be introduced to widely varied modes of thinking and points of view in courses which develop the intellectual processes, perspectives, and methodologies implicit in each discipline. The course work in distributive studies will expand the student’s awareness of human thought and relations conducive to the understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage. It will also give an appreciation of the scientific method of inquiry, engage the student in an analysis of scientific facts and principles pertaining to the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and impart an understanding of their implications for human welfare.

Distributive Studies Area Requirements


All students must satisfactorily complete the following requirements in the distributive studies areas.

 

Humanities and the arts (9-12)

 

Students must earn from 9 to 12 semester hours in the humanities and the arts area with at least one course taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and at least one course taken in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, with no more than 6 semester hours taken in any one department.

 

Sciences and mathematics (7-11)

 

Students must earn from 7 to 11 semester hours in the sciences and mathematics area in courses taken in at least two but no more than three departments.

 

Social sciences (6-9)

 

Students must earn from 6 to 9 semester hours in the social sciences area with no more than 6 semester hours taken in any one department.

 

Interdisciplinary studies (3-6)

 

Students must earn 3 to 6 semester hours in the interdisciplinary studies area.

The required minimum of 29 semester hours in distributive studies courses cannot include more than three courses in any one department.

Students are not permitted to count a course in their major department for fulfillment of distributive studies area requirements unless they are completing a second major. (This provision does not include a second emphasis within the same major department.) However, majors in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures may take FLCL 271, FLFR 371 (except French majors), FLIT 272, and FLRU 261 (except Russian majors) for general education credit.

Individual departments may impose additional restrictions on the courses that their majors may apply to general education requirements. These are described in the departmental sections of this catalog.

The requirements in the distributive studies area may be met by successfully completing the designated courses, by transfer credit, or, for some distributive studies courses, through credit by examination. (See “Credit by Examination.”) Credit for all 100- and 200-level general education courses in the distributive studies area may be earned through credit by examination. For more information, contact the department offering the course.

Distributive Studies Area Course Descriptions


Humanities and the Arts (9-12)


Students must earn from 9 to 12 semester hours in the humanities and the arts area with at least one course taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and at least one course taken in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, with no more than 6 semester hours taken in any one department.

The designators ANTH, COMS, ENGL, FLCL, FLFR, FLIT, FLRU, HIST, and PHIL are for courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses with designators beginning with FL are credited in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

The designators ARTH, MUSC, THEA, and TH-D are for courses in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Courses with designators beginning with TH are credited in the School of Theatre and Dance.

Courses from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • ANTH 102 - Rise of Civilization Credits: 3
  • COMS 220 - Rhetoric and Public Issues Credits: 3
  • COMS 230 - Rhetoric and the Media Credits: 3
  • COMS 240 - Rhetoric of Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3
  • COMS 356 - Critical Interpretation of Film/Television Credits: 3
  • COMS 410 - Communication and Gender Credits: 3
  • ENGL 110 - Experience of Fiction Credits: 3
  • ENGL 115 - Masterpieces of British Literature Credits: 3
  • ENGL 116 - Masterpieces of American Literature Credits: 3
  • ENGL 310 - Literary Classics Credits: 3
  • ENGL 315 - Shakespeare Credits: 3
  • FLCL 271 - Classical Mythology Credits: 3
  • FLFR 371 - Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation Credits: 3
  • FLIT 272 - The Italian Renaissance Credits: 3
  • FLRU 261 - Russian Culture and Literature Credits: 3
  • HIST 110 - Western Civilization to 1500 Credits: 3
  • HIST 111 - Western Civilization: 1500-1815 Credits: 3
  • HIST 112 - Western Civilization Since 1815 Credits: 3
  • HIST 140 - Asia to 1500 Credits: 3
  • HIST 141 - Asia Since 1500 Credits: 3
  • HIST 171 - World History II: Problems in the Human Past Credits: 3
  • HIST 260 - American History to 1865 Credits: 3
  • HIST 261 - American History Since 1865 Credits: 3
  • HIST 377 - American Environmental History Credits: 3
  • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy Credits: 3
  • PHIL 105 - Logic and Critical Reasoning Credits: 3
  • PHIL 231 - Contemporary Moral Issues Credits: 3

Courses from the College of Visual and Performing Arts


  • ARTH 282 - Introduction to the Visual Arts Credits: 3
  • ARTH 291 - Art History Survey I: to ca. 1400 Credits: 3
  • ARTH 292 - Art History Survey II: from ca. 1400 Credits: 3
  • ARTH 293 - Art History Survey III: From 1700 Credits: 3
  • ARTH 294 - Art History Survey IV: Arts of the East Credits: 3
  • ARTH 378 - Indian and Southeast Asian Art Credits: 3
  • ARTH 385 - Pre-Columbian Art Credits: 3
  • ARTH 388B - Ancient Art II: Archaic and Classical Art Credits: 3
  • ARTH 395 - 19th Century Art Credits: 3
  • ARTH 396 - Italian High Renaissance Art Credits: 3
  • MUSC 220 - Introduction to Music Credits: 3
  • TH-D 222 - Dance and the Fine Arts Credits: 3
  • THEA 203 - Introduction to Theatre Credits: 3

Sciences and Mathematics (7-11)


Students must earn from 7 to 11 semester hours in the sciences and mathematics area in courses taken in at least two but no more than three departments. General education credit for STAT 208 is credited in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

  • ANTH 240 - General Physical Anthropology Credits: 3
  • BIOS 103 - General Biology Credits: 3
  • BIOS 104 - General Biology Credits: 4
  • BIOS 106 - Environmental Biology Credits: 3
  • BIOS 109 - Human Biology Credits: 3
  • CHEM 100 - Chemistry in Everyday Life Credits: 3
  • CHEM 110 - Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHEM 111 - Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 1
  • CHEM 210 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHEM 212 - General Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: 1
  • CHEM 213 - General Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 1
  • CSCI 205 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3
  • ELE 100 - Elements of Electronics Credits: 3
  • FCNS 201 - Human Nutrition Credits: 3
  • GEOG 101 - Survey of Physical Geography Credits: 3
  • GEOG 102 - Survey of Physical Geography Laboratory Credits: 1
  • GEOG 105 - Introduction to the Atmosphere Credits: 3
  • GEOG 106 - Introduction to the Atmosphere Laboratory Credits: 1
  • GEOL 103 - Planetary and Space Science Credits: 3
  • GEOL 104 - Introduction to Ocean Science Credits: 3
  • GEOL 105 - Environmental Geology Credits: 3
  • GEOL 120 - Introductory Geology Credits: 3
  • GEOL 121 - Introductory Geology Laboratory Credits: 1
  • ISYE 100 - Fundamentals of Manufacturing Systems Credits: 3
  • MATH 229 - Calculus I Credits: 4
  • MATH 229 may count toward both the mathematics core competency requirement and the sciences and mathematics area requirement in distributive studies if a grade of C or better is earned. If a grade of D is earned, the course will count only toward the sciences and mathematics area requirement.

  • PHIL 205 - Symbolic Logic Credits: 3
  • PHYS 150 - Physics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 150A - Physics Credits: 4
  • PHYS 162 - Elementary Astronomy Credits: 3
  • PHYS 180 - Acoustics, Music, and Hearing Credits: 3
  • PHYS 181 - Acoustics Laboratory Credits: 1
  • PHYS 210 - General Physics I Credits: 4
  • PHYS 211 - General Physics II Credits: 4
  • PHYS 253 - Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics Credits: 4
  • PHYS 273 - Fundamentals of Physics II: Electromagnetism Credits: 4
  • STAT 208 - Basic Statistics Credits: 3

Social Sciences (6-9)


Students must earn from 6 to 9 semester hours in the social sciences area with no more than 6 semester hours taken in any one department.
  • ANTH 120 - Anthropology and Human Diversity Credits: 3
  • ANTH 210 - Exploring Archaeology Credits: 3
  • ANTH 220 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
  • ANTH 230 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Credits: 3
  • ECON 160 - Contemporary Economic Issues Credits: 3
  • ECON 260 - Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3
  • ECON 261 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 3
  • FCNS 230 - Child Development Credits: 3
  • GEOG 202 - World Regional Geography Credits: 3
  • GEOG 204 - Geography of Economic Activities Credits: 3
  • GEOG 253 - Environment and Society Credits: 3
  • HIST 381 - Colonial Latin America Credits: 3
  • HIST 382 - Modern Latin America Credits: 3
  • POLS 100 - American Government and Politics Credits: 3
  • POLS 150 - Democracy in America Credits: 3
  • POLS 220 - Introduction to Public Policy Credits: 3
  • POLS 260 - Introduction to Comparative Politics Credits: 3
  • POLS 285 - Introduction to International Relations Credits: 3
  • PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 225 - Lifespan Development: Childhood Through Adulthood Credits: 3
  • SOCI 170 - Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3
  • SOCI 250 - Contemporary Social Institutions Credits: 3
  • SOCI 260 - Introduction to Social Psychology Credits: 3
  • SOCI 270 - Social Problems Credits: 3

Interdisciplinary Studies (3-6)


Students must earn from 3 to 6 semester hours from the following courses.
  • AHRS 200 - Disability in Society Credits: 3
  • ANTH 101 - Human Origins Credits: 3
  • ARTH 288 - Modern Art and Film Credits: 3
  • BIOS 101 - Plant Products and Human Affairs Credits: 3
  • EPFE 201 - Education as an Agent for Change Credits: 3
  • FCNS 207 - The Consumer Credits: 3
  • FCNS 280 - Human Development, the Family, and Society Credits: 3
  • FCNS 406 - Global Food and Nutrition Issues Credits: 3
  • HIST 323 - History of Science to Newton Credits: 3
  • IDSP 200 - Racism in American Culture and Society Credits: 3
  • IDSP 211 - Educating for Cultural Sensitivity Credits: 3
  • IDSP 219 - Introduction to African Studies Credits: 3
  • IDSP 225 - Introduction to Medieval Society and Culture Credits: 3
  • ILAS 100 - Introduction to Latin American Civilization Credits: 3
  • ILAS 225 - Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World Credits: 3
  • ILAS 261 - Language, Mind, and Thought Credits: 3
  • KNPE 100 - Scientific Basis of Human Activity Credits: 3
  • KNPE 111 - Sport: Culture and Society Credits: 3
  • MEE 101 - Energy and the Environment Credits: 3
  • PHHE 201 - Social and Individual Patterns of Drug Use Credits: 3
  • PHHE 206 - Contemporary Health Concepts Credits: 3
  • PHHE 295 - Introduction to Public Health Credits: 3
  • PSYC 245 - Thinking Credits: 3
  • TECH 245 - Pollution, Pestilence, Prevention, and the Cost of Doing Business Credits: 3
  • TECH 294 - Technology and Cultural Relevance Credits: 3
  • WOMS 230 - Women in Contemporary America Credits: 3
  • WOMS 235 - Women Across Cultures and Centuries Credits: 3

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