- Completion of 216 units. Of the 216 units required for the degree, a student must present:
- a minimum of 72 units from courses numbered 200 or above
- no more than 162 units from a single division
- no more than 90 units from a single department, except that in the art department a student may present no more than 126 units, no more than 90 of which may be in studio art and no more than 90 of which may be in art history
- no more than 42 units in education
- no more than 18 units in ESL courses
- no more than 12 units from academic internships
- Completion of 12 units of Freshman Studies, normally taken during the fall and winter terms of the first year
- Completion of the general education requirements:
- Distribution, in order to gain exposure to a range of disciplines, subjects, and perspectives within the liberal arts:
See divisions within the university under Structure of the Curriculum.
- 6 units selected from departments and courses listed within the division of humanities. All courses in the humanities taught in English will count toward this requirement. Humanities courses taught in a language other than English and numbered 300 and above will count toward this requirement, except as noted in the course catalog.
- 6 units selected from departments and courses listed within the division of fine arts
- 6 units selected from departments and courses listed within the division of social sciences
- 6 units selected from laboratory courses in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics in the division of natural sciences
- Diversity, in order to prepare students for a more global world and a more diverse America:
- 6 units selected from courses designated as either emphasizing global and comparative perspectives on the world or focusing on areas outside Europe and the United States
- 6 units selected from courses designated as focusing on dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, and gender, that are of particular importance in understanding contemporary society in the United States
- Competency, in order to improve and reinforce those fundamental abilities central to a liberal arts education:
- 6 units selected from courses designated as writing-intensive or 6 units selected from courses designated as speaking-intensive
- 6 units selected from courses designated as emphasizing mathematical reasoning or quantitative analysis
- 6 units in a language other than English taken from courses numbered 200 or above and taught primarily in that language. The language competency requirement may be satisfied in other ways described under Academic Procedures and Regulations.
- Completion of a major—departmental, interdisciplinary, or student-designed—including all course and non-course requirements, such as departmental examinations, research projects and presentations, portfolios, etc. Students are required to declare a major by the beginning of the junior year and encouraged to declare a major by spring term of the sophomore year, when they advance register for junior-year courses.
- Completion of the designated Senior Experience course or activity within the chosen major.
- An academic record that meets the following standards:
- A 2.000 grade-point average in all Lawrence courses
- A 2.000 grade-point average in the college major (all courses taken in the major department or program and any other courses required for the major)
- Completion of the required terms and units in residence as specified by the university residence requirements.
Completion of a minor or interdisciplinary area is optional. If a minor is declared, a 2.000 grade-point average in the minor (all courses taken in the minor department or program and any other courses required for the minor) is required to complete the minor and have it recorded on the academic record.
Stipulations pertaining to the general education requirements
Qualified courses may count toward the requirements in any two of the categories above (distribution, diversity, and competency). Some courses may meet two requirements within a category. No single course can be used to fulfill more than two requirements.
Credits granted pursuant to university policy for examinations (Advanced Placement [AP], International Baccalaureate [IB], or A-levels) may be used as appropriate to fulfill diversity or competency requirements; such credit may not be used to fulfill distribution requirements. Coursework from other institutions may not be used to fulfill the writing or speaking competency requirement.