Quantitative Reasoning


The Quantitative Reasoning Requirement applies to students who are working toward the BA degree for a major in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

See the BA requirements in the Bulletin.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) courses intend to develop students' aptitude in the use of data and quantitative analytical tools in a wide range of inquiries in personal, professional, and public contexts. It also helps students in their ability to think critically about quantitative measures of abstract concepts, and the accuracy and soundness of conclusions based on data or on mathematical models.

  • Students entering  fall 2018 and later must complete one course designated as QR.
  • The QR tag applies to individual sections of a course, not to the course itself. For example, a department may offer five sections of a course, three of which carry the QR tag and two which do not carry the tag. Similarly, a section may carry the QR tag during one semester, but not the next semester.
  • To view sections that carry the QR tag in a given semester, go to “Look up Classes” in the portal, select the semester, and then select Quantitative Reasoning Course from the Distribution and Attribute Type list. After registering for a QR course, you can check your degree audit to confirm that the course is applied to the QR category.

For Instructors

Information on types of QR courses, procedures for how a section is designated QR, and syllabus guidelines can be found in the Faculty Handbook for the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education and Distribution Requirements.

  • The QR designation is attached to sections, not courses. For example, four sections of a course could run without the QR tag, while the fifth runs with it.
  • If you have questions about QR courses, please contact the HCLAS dean’s office at 516-463-5410.