Breadth

As part of the Unified General Education Requirements, all undergraduate degree candidates must complete breadth requirements across three broad areas of inquiry:

  • Arts & Humanities (A+H)
  • Social Sciences & Management (SS+M)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Nursing (STEM+N)

These requirements aim to prepare the student to:

  • Recognize the contributions of different disciplinary approaches to understanding the human condition and the value of these approaches as different ways of characterizing and understanding contemporary, historical, and natural phenomena, events, and problems.
  • Place their disciplinary work in a larger social context and share their ideas with individuals who bring different expertise and perspectives to a given problem.
  • Engage with confidence in learning new material to address emerging issues in their professional and civic life.

A minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework must be completed with passing letter grades from the two areas outside the area of the major.  The coursework must include at least 6 credit hours from each of the other two areas, with the remaining 6 credit hours to be satisfied in either of the two areas.

Up to 9 credit hours of the breadth requirements may be satisfied with credit earned from AP, IB, or similar test scores recognized by the university or with transfer credit, but a minimum of 3 credit hours in each breadth area must be taken outside that of the major at CWRU.

Courses taken to satisfy breadth requirements may also be used to meet other requirements (Skills, Perspectives) for which they are approved.

A cross-listed course can be used to satisfy any breadth area for which it qualifies.

Major This Major falls in the following Breadth area: Students completing this Major must satisfy Breadth Requirements in these two areas:
Accounting SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Aerospace Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Ancient Near Eastern & Egyptian Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Anthropology SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Applied Mathematics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Art Education A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Art History A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Asian Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Astronomy STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Biochemistry STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Biology STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Biomedical Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Business Information Technology SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Business Management SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Chemical Biology STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Chemical Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Chemistry STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Chinese A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Civil Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Classics A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Cognitive Science SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Communication Sciences SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Computer Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Computer Science STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Dance A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Data Science and Analytics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Dean’s Approved Major (Arts and Sciences) Determined when major is approved Determined when major is approved
Dean's Approved Major (Management) SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Economics SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Electrical Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Engineering Physics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
English A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Environmental Geology STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Finance SS+M A+H and STEM+N
French A+H SS+M and STEM+N
French and Francophone Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
General Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Geological Sciences STEM+N A+H and SS+M
German A+H SS+M and STEM+N
History A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Humanities A+H SS+M and STEM+N
History and Philosophy of Science A+H SS+M and STEM+N
International Studies SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Japanese Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Marketing SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Materials Science and Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Mathematics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Mathematics and Physics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Mechanical Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Music A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Music Education A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Neuroscience STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Nursing STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Nutrition STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Origins Sciences STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Philosophy A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Physics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Political Science SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Polymer Science and Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Psychology SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Religious Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Sociology SS+M A+H and STEM+N
Spanish A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Statistics STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Systems and Control Engineering STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Systems Biology STEM+N A+H and SS+M
Theater A+H SS+M and STEM+N
Women’s and Gender Studies A+H SS+M and STEM+N
World Literature A+H SS+M and STEM+N

Courses offered by the following units will count as Arts & Humanities

  • Art History and Art (ARTH, ARTS)
  • Bioethics (BETH) undergraduate courses
  • Classics (AKKD, ANEE, CLSC, GREK, HIER, LATN)
  • Dance (DANC)
  • English (ENGL)
  • History (HSTY)
  • Humanities (HUMN)
  • Modern Languages and Literatures (ARAB, CHIN, FRCH, GRMN, HBRW, ITAL, JAPN, KORE, LING, PORT, RUSN, SPAN)
  • Music (MUED, MUGN, MUHI, MUTH)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Religious Studies (RLGN)
  • Theater (THTR)
  • SAGES University Seminars designated as USSY

Courses offered by the following units will count as Social Sciences & Management

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Cognitive Science (COGS)
  • Political Science (POSC)
  • Psychological Sciences (PSCL, COSI)
  • Sociology (SOCI)
  • All courses offered by the Weatherhead School of Management (ACCT, BAFI, BLAW, DESN, ECON**, ENTP, MGMT, MIDS, MKMR, OPMT, OPRE, ORBH, PLCY, VEAL)
  • SAGES University Seminars designated as USSO

**Note: ECON 216 will NOT count toward this Breadth area.

The following courses will also count as Social Science & Management:

  • NTRN 340
  • NTRN 350
  • NTRN 351
  • PHIL 222

Courses offered by the following units will count as STEM & Nursing

  • Astronomy (ASTR)
  • Biochemistry (BIOC)
  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (EEPS)
  • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics (MATH, STAT)
  • Neuroscience (NEUR)
  • Nutrition (NTRN) except NTRN 340, 350 and 351
  • Physics (PHYS)
  • All courses offered by Case School of Engineering (CSDS, DSCI, EBME, ECHE, ECIV, ECSE, EMAC, EMAE, EMSE, ENGR)
  • All courses offered by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (NURS)
  • SAGES University Seminars designated as USNA

The following courses will also count as STEM & Nursing:

  • BAFI 351
  • ECON 216
  • ECON 326
  • ECON 329
  • ECON 380
  • OPRE 207
  • OPRE 301