Distribution requirements for students following the 2017-18 and later Calendars
What are distribution requirements?
In keeping with Mount Allison's philosophy of liberal education, distribution requirements encourage academic breadth by requiring students to take courses from outside their academic discipline. Distribution requirements promote intellectual alertness and flexibility. They can also provide an introduction to subjects you may not have encountered in high school.
Who needs to complete distribution requirements?
Students pursuing Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees must complete distribution requirements according to a new distribution system introduced in the 2017-18 academic year. Bachelor of Commerce students will continue to follow the same distribution system as in previous years. Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music students do not have a distribution requirement.
When should I complete my distribution requirements?
Distribution requirements can be completed at any time during the course of your degree. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce students are strongly encouraged to complete their distribution requirements during their first year of study. Bachelor of Science students should aim to complete three to six credits of distribution each year.
Can courses taken for distribution also be used for my major or minor requirements?
Yes, courses that have been designated by a student to fulfill distribution requirements may also count, if applicable, towards the requirements for a major or minor.
What are the specific distribution requirements for Bachelor of Commerce students following the 2017-18 and later Calendars?
As described in Calendar section 11.5.3, Bachelor of Commerce students must complete six credits (2 courses) from each category of Arts & Letters and Humanities. Any combination of courses (subject areas) may be used to complete the requirement.
Arts & Letters — Take two courses (6 credits) from any combination of: Drama, English, Fine Arts, Art History, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Linguistics, Music
Humanities — Take two courses (6 credits) from any combination of: Canadian Studies, Classics, Greek, History, Latin, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Women's & Gender Studies
What are the specific distribution requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students following the 2017-18 and later Calendars?
As described in Calendar sections 11.2.2 and 11.3.2, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students must complete six credits (2 courses) from each of the four main distribution areas - Arts, Humanities, Social World, Natural Science.
Each distribution are has sub-categories provided to guide choice and assist students in selecting courses. Selecting courses from different sub-categories within each of the main categories is recommended but not required. Courses that are listed in more than one sub-category under a main distribution area can only be counted once within that distribution area. Sub-categories are described in sections 11.2.2 and 11.3.2 of the Academic Calendar.
Only one course (3 credits) from a single discipline (subject area/ course code) may be used to fulfill distribution requirements.
Arts — Take two courses, each chosen from a different subject area:
DRAM 1701 (this course is cross-listed with ENGL 1701 and may not be used in combination with an ENGL course)
ENGL 1111, 1121
FREN 1651, 1801, 1811, 2801, 2841
GERM 1001, 2701, 2811
SPAN 1101, 1801, 1811
MUSC 2001, 2011, 2021
*Note: if a student is placed in a language course at a higher level than the course listed for distribution, the course at the higher level may be counted for distribution.
Humanities — Take two courses, each chosen from a different subject area:
CLAS 1631, 1641, 1651, 2021, 2501 (CLAS 1631 and 2021 are cross-listed with History and may not be used in combination with an HIST course)
HIST 1601, 1611, 1621, 1631, 1641, 1661, 1671, 1681, 1691, 2001, 2011, 2031, 2041, 2411, 2421, 2511, 2731, 2741 (HIST 1631 is cross-listed with Classics and may not be used in combination with a CLAS course)
PHIL 1601, 1611, 1621, 1651
RELG 1621, 1641, 1661, 1671, 1681, 2401, 2801, 2811, 2821, 2831, 2841
Natural Science — Take two courses, each chosen from a different subject area:
MATH 1111, 1151, 1251, 2311
PHYS 1021, 1031, 1041, 1051, 1401
*Note: BIOC 1001, CHEM 1001, MATH 1111, MATH 1151, PHYS 1041, and PHYS 1051 are not recommended for non-science students.
Social World — Take two courses, each chosen from a different subject area:
ECON 1001, 1011
GENV 1201, 2001
*Note: Exceptions, including 1991 courses and non-designated 1000 level transfer credits, may be approved by e a Dean in consultation with the appropriate Department. Please being your inquiry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.