The St. Lawrence University curriculum includes certain requirements that all students must complete. These are "general education" requirements.
These include the following:
• FYP and FYS. These courses help students develop core skills necessary for a St. Lawrence education, including written and oral communication; critical reading and analysis; critical thinking and problem-solving; and research.
• The Human Experience and the Natural World. This is a breadth requirement, which asks students to take at least one course in each of the university's broad divisions: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences (with Lab).
• Human Diversity: Culture and Communication. This requirement seeks to foster intercultural competency and self-reflection on social location. It can be fulfilled by two courses approved by the Academic Affairs Committee (signified by the DIV13 designation). A language course certified by the Academic Affairs Committee for the LANG designation or a semester-long off-campus study program (accompanied by a pre-program workshop and reflection and post-program reflection) may substitute for one of the DIV13 courses.
• Quantitative and Logical Reasoning (QLR) and Environmental Literacy (EL). Students are required to take one course meeting each of these core competencies. As with the DIV13 and LANG designations, courses must be approved for QLR and EL by the Academic Affairs Committee. Note that all courses fulfilling any of these requirements will be so designated in the course catalog and APR2 course descriptions. Only SLU courses may fulfill these requirements, because of the rigorous approval process conducted by the on-campus committee.
• Integrated Learning Component (ILC). In addition to depth in a field (the major), breadth, and core competencies, the SLU curriculum requires integration of learning across courses and departments. The ILC is a cluster of four courses from at least two departments that address a common theme identified by the student. A student must identify the four courses of the ILC and receive approval from her or his advisor, then submit the ILC completion form.
Although general education requirements may be fulfilled at any time during your four years, you will have better access to courses that carry general education credit in your first and second years. Additionally, because these requirements are designed so that you can explore the curriculum, it makes sense to take them early. You should be aware that some 100-level courses that meet general education requirements reserve a majority of seats for first- and second-year students, and that seniors may be barred from taking introductory courses that carry such credit. Ideally, you should plan to fulfill your general education requirements by your junior year at the latest.
For more information on General Education Requirements, see the 2017-18 University Catalog (pp. 2-5). Also, students and advisors alike may find our academic planning worksheet to be useful as they look ahead.