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The Nine General Education Requirements

The Nine General Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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  1. Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the humanities. The nine semester hours may include no more than three from the Creative Participation (CP) category and must include at least three from the Appreciation and Analysis (AA) and, at least three semester hours of Literature (LT). No more than six semester hours of transfer or other advanced standing credit may be applied toward this requirement.
  2. Nine semester hours of distribution courses in Natural Sciences and Mathematics/Computer Science (MA) (CS). At least three semester hours must be chosen from each category. No more than six semester hours of transfer or other advanced standing credit may be applied toward this requirement.
  3. Nine semester hours of distribution courses in the social sciences. The nine semester hours must include three from the Social & Behavioural Sciences category and three from the History & Philosophy category. No more than six semester hours of transfer or other advanced standing credit may be applied toward this requirement.
  4. Three semester hours of distribution course credit in the Cross-Cultural category. Three semester hours of transfer or advanced standing credit may be applied to this requirement.
  5. Three semester hours of distribution course credit in the interdisciplinary studies category. A student may satisfy this requirement with three semester hours of interdisciplinary studies course credit or with three additional semester hours taken from A-D, above.
  6. Satisfactory completion of WSC 001 and WSC 002. Students entering Hofstra with full credit for WSC 001-002 must take the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Examination. Students who do not pass the exam will be able to strengthen their writing through a 1-credit Writing Workshop class or through one-on-one tutoring at Hofstra's Writing Center.
  7. Completion of level 3 of a Foreign Language, placement above level 3, or completion of the alternate language option (see Bulletin year for specific requirement).
  8. Satisfactory completion of two courses designated as Writing Intensive (WI). Must be taken after completion of WSC 002 and at least 30 semester hours, and may not include courses designed for first-year students (for example, FYC clusters and seminars and Honors College Culture & Expression).
  9. Satisfactory completion of one course that applies quantitative reasoning to specific disciplinary contexts in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences designated as Quantitative Reasoning (QR). One QR course will be required beginning the 2018 - 2019 bulletin year. Two QR courses will be required beginning in the 2020 – 2021 bulletin year.