Distribution Requirements

All students complete 18 courses outside the School of Communication. Each major has specific distribution requirements.

  Distribution Areas

 

Math/Science/ Technology

Individual and Social Behavior

Humanities and Fine Arts

Additional Distribution Courses

Human Communication Sciences (HCS has additional specific distro requirements, see the major requirements for details) 3 3 3 9
Communication Studies 3 3 3 9
Performance Studies 2 3 3 10
Radio/Television/Film 2 3 3 10
Theatre 2 3 3 10
Dance 2 3 3 10


Special Courses and Distribution Requirements

Course Type

Can be Applied As

WCAS Independent Studies Maximum of 2 Additional Distribution Courses
WCAS Freshman Seminars Additional Distribution Courses (Except English can count as HFA)
Internship (Chicago Field Studies) One unit of internship can apply to additional distribution requirements
Apprenticeship, professional linkage seminars, and practicum courses May not apply to distribution requirements; only to electives
Residential College Tutorials Only if approved as WCAS distribution courses, and not taught by SoC faculty, may then count for SoC distributions

Note: many of the courses approved as distribution courses may have prerequisite course requirements, or enrollment may be limited to students in the major. Check CAESAR for details

Math/Science/Technology Distribution Area

Courses in this area share a foundation in the scientific method, in which empirical data is interpreted, and hypotheses about the causes of natural and social phenomena are tested by repeatable experiments.  Key tools in this enterprise are mathematics and other forms of symbolic reasoning.  Classes in these topics train students to analyze and interpret complex information, recognize patterns, reach sound conclusions, and convey those conclusions to others in an effective manner.

Courses that are approved as either natural sciences or formal studies distribution requirements for WCAS are accepted as math/science/technology courses for SoC.

Music Technology and Music Theory courses also count for math/science/technology.


Math/Science/Technology Accepted Subjects


Anthropology – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
General Music – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS (Gen Mus 252 and 253)
Astronomy Geography – Only those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Biological Sciences Initiative for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) – Only those approved as natural science by WCAS
Chemistry - consult the Department for placement information if you have prior work in college-level chemistry. Linguistics – those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Civil Engineering 206 Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences – for students in the MMSS program
Cognitive Science Mathematics - If you have prior college level math, take the online placement test or consult the Math Department for more information.
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 108, 112, 202, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 310 and 318; prerequisites may apply; CSD majors may not use CSD courses to fulfill their distribution requirements. Material Science 101 and any approved for natural science or formal studies in WCAS
Design (Only courses offered through the McCormick School of Engineering) Music Technology and Music Theory and Cognition; Also, Gen Mus 252 and 253
Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS) Physics - Consult the Physics Department for appropriate placement if you have prior work in calculus-level physics.
Environmental Science Philosophy (only courses designated as formal studies by WCAS)
Earth & Planetary Sciences Psychology –  those approved as natural science or formal studies in WCAS
  Statistics (including statistics offered in any department)


Note: While not necessarily recommended for non-majors, any 300-level course in astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, cognitive science, earth and planetary science, math, mathematical methods in the social sciences (MMSS), physics, or statistics will be accepted toward the math/science/technology distribution requirement.


Individual/Social Behavior Distribution Area

Courses in this area use empirical methods and social and cultural theories in order to explain human behavior.  The area includes classes in history, the social and behavioral sciences, and the study of communal and individual values.

Courses in several of the “Studies” departments (African-American, American, Asian American, Gender, Latina and Latino) and Journalism may satisfy either Individual/Social Behavior or Humanities/Fine Arts.


Individual and Social Behavior Accepted Subjects

African-American Studies International Studies
American Studies (must be admitted to the program to enroll) Journalism courses for non-majors
Anthropology (except those that satisfy MST) Latina and Latino Studies
Asian American Studies Legal Studies
Business Institutions 239, 260 Linguistics (except those that satisfy MST)
Economics Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) (except Humanities topics)
Entrepreneurship Philosophy (except those designated as formal studies, which are MST)
Gender Studies            Political Science
Global Health Psychology (except those that satisfy MST)
Geography 240, 312, 313 Religion
History School of Education & Social Policy courses (all majors)
IEMS 225 Sociology
Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) (sophomore standing required)  


Humanities/Fine Arts Distribution Area

Courses in this area examine artistic, linguistic, and cultural practices, and help students hone their creative, expressive, and analytical skills.

Courses in several of the “Studies” departments (African-American, American, Asian American, Gender, Latina and Latino) and Journalism may satisfy either Individual/Social Behavior or Humanities/Fine Arts.


African-American Studies Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Yiddish)
American Studies (must be admitted to the program to enroll) Gender Studies
Art Theory and Practice Humanities
Art History Jewish Studies
Asian American Studies Journalism courses for non-majors
Asian Languages and Cultures Latina and Latino Studies
Classics Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) (except Individual and Social Behavior topics)
Comparative Literature Music (with significant exceptions; see the next section of this guide for more information)
English Slavic Languages and Literature

 


Music Courses for SoC Students

Not all courses in the School of Music may be applied toward the SoC degree. SoC categorizes undergraduate courses in the School of Music into three distinct groups: performance and ensemble classes; applied or skills based classes; and academic classes. Each type of course is treated differently in calculating your progress toward a degree.

 

Category

Type of Class

Count for degree?

 

Ø Performance/   ensemble classes Not permitted to apply toward 45 credits for SoC degree.

 

Applied Applied/skills based classes Up to 3 credits may be applied toward the 45 for the SoC degree. After that, they do not count. These 3 credits may be applied to the HFA distribution requirement.

 

HFA Academic classes An unlimited number of credits of HFA courses may be applied toward the 45 for the SoC degree. An unlimited number of these credits may be applied to the distribution requirement.
 

Music Studies for Non-Majors

Course Number Description Category
Gen Mus 115, 315 Applied Piano and Organ Applied
Gen Mus 120 Applied Strings Applied
Gen Mus 121 Beginning Non-major Guitar Class Applied
Gen Mus 125 Applied Winds/Percussion Applied
Gen Mus 131 Non-major Vocal Performance Seminar, Beginning Applied
Gen Mus 133 Non-major Class Voice, Beginning Applied
Gen Mus 160 Non-major Class Private Voice, Beginning Applied
Gen Mus 170 Introduction to Music HFA
Gen Mus 175 Selected Topics for Non-Majors HFA
Gen Mus 176 Selected Topics in Applied Music Applied
Gen Mus 220 History of Symphony HFA
Gen Mus 230 History of Opera HFA
Gen Mus 250 History of Rock HFA
Gen Mus 252 Harmony MST
Gen Mus 253 Form and Analysis MST
Gen Mus 260 Non-major Private Voice, Intermediate Applied
Gen Mus 270-1 The Western Musical Tradition HFA
Gen Mus 360 Non-major Private Voice, Advanced Applied

Music

Course Number Description Category
Music 360 Career Innovation in Music & Perf. Arts Linda rec. HFA

Musicology

Course Number Description Category
Musicol 323 Topics in Ethnomusicology HFA
Musicol 326 Topics in World Music: Asia HFA
Musicol 327 Topics in World Music: Africa HFA
Musicol 328 Topics in World Music: The Americas HFA
Musicol 329 Music and Islam HFA
Musicol 330 Russian Fairytale and Opera HFA
Musicol 331 Orientalism and Music HFA
Musicol 332 Music and Gypsies HFA
Musicol 333 Topics in Pop Music HFA
Musicol 334 Russian Modernism  
Musicol 335 Selected Topics HFA
Musicol 338 Expressionism HFA
Musicol 339 Music and Gender HFA
Musicol 341 Music and the Visual Arts HFA
Musicol 342 Authenticity HFA
Musicol 343 Music and Shakespeare HFA
Musicol 344 Music and Film HFA
Musicol 345 From Literature to Opera to Film HFA
Musicol 346 Composer Topics (Verdi, Wagner, Mahler…) HFA
Musicol 347 The Lied HFA
Musicol 348 Bel Canto HFA
Musicol 350 Topics in Medieval Music HFA
Musicol 351 Topics in 16th Century Music HFA
Musicol 352 Topics in 17th Century Music HFA
Musicol 353 Topics in 18th Century Music HFA
Musicol 354 Topics in 19th Century Music HFA
Musicol 355 Topics in 20th Century Music HFA
Musicol 356 Topics in Contemporary Music HFA
Musicol 385 Senior Project HFA
Musicol 399 Independent Study Additional Distro

Music Technology

Course Number Description Category
Mus Tech 259 Introduction to Music Technology MST
Mus Tech 262 Technology in the Music Classroom MST
Mus Tech 320 Physics of Sound MST
Mus Tech 321 Producing in the Virtual Studio MST
Mus Tech 322 Recording and Basic Audio MST
Mus Tech 335 Selected Topics in Music Technology MST
Mus Tech 337 Multimedia for the Web MST
Mus Tech 338 Programming MST
Mus Tech 340 Composing with Computers MST
Mus Tech 342-1,2 Computer Sound Synthesis MST
Mus Tech 343 Sound Design for New Media MST
Mus Tech 344 Advanced Projects in Music Technology MST
Mus Tech 345 Technology-Based Performance MST
Mus Tech 384 Senior Project Development  
Mus Tech 385 Senior Project MST
Mus Tech 399 Independent Study Additional Distro

Music Theory

Course Number Title Category
Mus Thry 251 Music and Mind MST
Mus Thry 316 Renaissance Counterpoint MST
Mus Thry 317 Figured Bass MST
Mus Thry 318 Baroque Counterpoint MST
Mus Thry 321 Analytic Techniques MST
Mus Thry 332 Rhythm and Meter  
Mus Thry 335 Selected Topics in Music Theory MST
Mus Thry 336 Selected Topics in Music Cognition MST
Mus Thry 355 Atonal Analysis MST
Mus Thry 385 Senior Project MST
Mus Thry 399 Independent Study Additional Distro

Music Performance

Course Number Description Category
Conduct / Gen Music 364 Choral Organizations Ø
Conduct / Gen Music 374 Band Organizations Ø
Conduct 378 Contemporary Music Ensemble Ø
Conduct / Gen Music 393 Orchestral Organizations Ø
Conduct / Gen Music 395 Baroque Music Ensemble Ø
Conduct 399 Independent Study Ø

Jazz Studies

Course Number Description Category
Jazz 210-1,2 Jazz History HFA
Jazz / Gen Music 377 Jazz Orchestra Ø

Voice and Opera

Course Number Description Category
Voice 102 Beginning Voice Applied
Voice 110 Applied Voice Applied
Voice 210 Applied Voice Applied
Voice 310 Applied Voice Applied
Voice 365 Professional Preparation for Singers Applied