What are the graduation requirements?
We won't replicate all the requirements here; there is a nice (and thorough) explanation of them on pages 27-35 of the Course Catalog.
However, here are a few things for Bachelor of Arts candidates to keep in mind.
To graduate, you will need to complete 216 units—approximately 36 courses. (A "unit" is a component of one Lawrence University course; most courses are 6 units.)
This means you'll generally take 9 courses each year, neatly divided into 3 courses for each trimester (Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms).
Academic work during your time at Lawrence breaks roughly into three parts:
General Education requirements, which include:
- Freshman Studies (two terms)
- one course from each of Lawrence's four major divisions: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences
Diversity Courses (two courses)
- a global perspective (i.e., outside Europe and the U.S.)
- a dimensional perspective (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender)
Competency Requirements (at least three courses)
- one writing or speaking competency
- one quantitative analysis
- foreign language, achieved by completing one course at level 200 level or above, which is essentially the third course in a language sequence. Students may fulfill this with a 4 or 5 on an AP foreign language exam or by passing a proficiency test administered by a Lawrence foreign language department.
- Academic major requirements, a concentration of courses in an academic area of your choice
Elective courses, flexible space in your curriculum which you can use to:
- complete another major
- complete a minor or two
- complete a whole bunch of courses that you find interesting, but don't add up to a major or minor
Note that any course you take in your first term at Lawrence will fulfill at least one of the three graduation components—General Ed, major, or electives.
In other words, you will not set your graduation off course by the choices you make this summer... and you'll still be able to review and modify your registration when you meet with your advisor during Welcome Week.