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The LAS Department has a wide selection of courses from which students with different interests can choose in order to fulfill their 37-credit LAS requirements. In addition, the LAS Department strives to fulfill the College’s mission of developing bicultural and bilingual students.
• Civilizations and Cultures: The Civilizations courses serve to convey a sense of awareness of the foundations of two of the greatest civilizations in the world—Western and Chinese.
• History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences: Students are expected to develop an understanding of human history across cultures. This may be achieved through courses on general history offered by the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or histories of art and music by individual departments.
• Appreciation of Art and Music: All students should develop an ability to appreciate different forms of the arts, including, especially, dance and music.
A student earning a bachelor’s degree at the College must meet the College’s English proficiency requirement by successfully completing LAS 103 (Effective English) and either one of the following three courses: LAS 204 (Public Speaking), LAS 303 (Introduction to British Literature), or LAS 304 (Writing for Media).
All students are required to take and pass a two-year sequence of Chinese language study. Prior background in the Chinese language is not necessary.
Entering students with previous experience in the Chinese language should take a language placement test in Mandarin Chinese to assess proficiency. As a supplement to the appropriate foreign language courses, the Office of Academic Services offers special advising and tutoring for those who need help on either Chinese or English so they may attain proficiency.
• Writing, Rhetoric, and Literature: Students are expected to be able to express themselves effectively in writing and public speaking using the English language.
• Quantitative Reasoning: Students should establish basic skills in quantitative reasoning through courses such as mathematics.