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Liberal Arts Curriculum
Dartmouth's liberal arts curriculum lets you explore big ideas and pursue your particular passions. It's structured to maximize your understanding of the world in ways that enable you to be a leader in your future work. Let's say you want to be a doctor. The liberal arts at Dartmouth will prepare you with more than simply the biology, chemistry and physics you'll need to study the science of medicine. At Dartmouth, your courses will also engage you with the culture and compassion of the humanities, the creativity and passion of the arts, and the critical thinking of the social sciences. As a doctor, you'll be well prepared to navigate the economics and politics of the health system so you can best care for your patient.
How it Works
- You need to take 35 courses to graduate
- You'll engage in deep analysis of a single discipline of interest to you, your major.
- You'll explore broadly several fields gaining new perspectives through the distributive requirements.
- International or Comparative Study
- Systems of Traditions of Thought, Meaning, and Value
- Social Analysis
- Natural and Physical Science
- Quantitative and Deductive Science
- Technology or applied Science
- Non-Western Cultures
- Western Cultures
- Culture & Identity
- You'll find yourself integrating your new knowledge and pursuing independent work and research that combines disciplines and culminates your major.
- You're expected to become proficient in at least one foreign language.
Questions & Answers
Can I test out of the language requirement?
The language requirement can be fulfilled with a strong language SAT Subject Test or Advanced Placement score, but most students finish off their language requirement by participating in a Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program. Students with learning differences should speak with Student Accessibility Services to see if they may be exempt.
Do I have to take one course in every distributive field?
A single course may satisfy two of these requirements. In addition, a course that falls within a student's major may also be used to satisfy these requirements.