Beginning with the class of 2016, students are required to complete the elements of the Arts & Sciences Integrated Inquiry or IQ Curriculum as they work to complete the general degree requirements of 120 credits. The IQ Curriculum is designed so that each student can develop a distinctive academic plan reflecting her/his own intellectual curiosity. Students take courses to develop and sharpen their Core Skills, to explore a broad range of Academic Areas, and to undertake at least three Integrations of their choice.
Students must take at least one course in each of the Core Skills. They must take at least three courses each in The Humanities, Natural Sciences & Math, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, in the Language & Cultural Diversity (LCD) area, they must take either three sequenced courses in the same foreign language or four courses designated LCD. Students must also complete at least three Integrations from at least two different academic areas.
Core Skills (one course each)
- Writing 1
- Applied Numeracy (AN)
- Writing Intensive (WI)
- Social Differentiation (SD)
Academic Areas (3-4 courses each)
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSC)
- The Humanities (HUM)
- Language and Cultural Diversity (LCD)
The College recognizes the importance of coherence in a student’s education, both within and beyond the major. To encourage students to consider the interrelationships between courses and disciplines, all students will complete at least three Integrations in at least two areas of study (HUM, NSM, SSC, LCD) during their undergraduate years, one of which may be the student's major.
Types of Integrations are:
- Majors, including 2nd Majors and Minors
- FOCUS and other freshman programs
- WU-Led Study Away Programs
- Integrated Inquiries (IQs)
Students can choose any combination of Integrations to inform their undergraduate education as long as they are housed in least two different academic areas. However, please note that students who complete a non-major/minor Integration (e.g., a FOCUS program) that is a component of their major/minor may not count these as two separate Integrations. That is to say, students may not “double count.”
Complete listings of all integrations broken out by discipline can be found in the online Course Listings.
All students must complete an Arts & Sciences major, which may also serve as one of their three required Integrations. The major consists of no fewer than 18 units of coursework numbered 300 and above. Additionally, all students are encouraged to complete a synthesizing Capstone experience in their major as a way to culminate their major experience.
More information on the Integrated Inquiry Curriculum can be found in our publication, Finding Your Path, in pdf format.