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You have chosen a school that emphasizes
the liberal arts. So you should be expecting
and eager to play the intellectual field.
Explore. Learn broadly. Use your first two
years to see which areas of study excite you,
and draw on your strengths so that you can
choose a major wisely.
The Undergraduate Bulletin is an essential
document that describes the academic
policies that bind both students and the
University, including your core academic
requirements. You will receive a hard copy
at Orientation, but even before you arrive,
you can begin to browse an electronic
copy at wfu.edu/academics/bulletins.
The bulletin is a document that you will
need to read carefully and keep close at
hand for reference throughout your time
at Wake Forest.
Bookmark the section titled
“Requirements for Degrees.” These
requirements are also summarized
over the next few pages.
Core Requirements
Basic requirements
First-Year Seminar (FYS 100, 3 hours):
required for all students. This class is to be
taken during the first year.
Writing Seminar (WRI 111, 4 hours):
required unless you are exempted by an AP
Language & Composition or AP Literature &
Composition score of 4 or 5 or IB higher-level
English Language score of 6 or 7. This class is
to be taken during the first year.
A 200-level foreign language course
(3 hours), which might require
prerequisites. Placement is determined by
the Foreign Language Placement Test. See the
Foreign Language Placement section for more
info (p. 92). You might be exempt based on AP/
IB score. Students whose primary language
(the language of instruction in the student’s
prior schooling) is other than English are
exempt from the basic requirement in foreign
language, and must fulfill the Division II
requirements with a course where readings
do not concentrate on the literature of the
student’s primary language (2017–18 Bulletin).
These students should contact the Dean’s
Office to process the exemption.
Health and Exercise Science (HES 100 and
101, 1 hour each): required for all students.
Humanities

2 Courses*
History
Philosophy
Study of Religions
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Literatures

1 Course
Literatures Written in English
(English Department)
In English Translation
(Classical Languages, East Asian
Languages and Cultures, German and
Russian, Romance Languages and the
Program in Humanities)
Fine Arts

1 Course
Art
Music
Theatre
Dance
Social Sciences

2 Courses*
Anthropology
Communication
Economics
Education
Politics and International Affairs
Psychology
Sociology
Math & Natural
Sciences

2 Courses*
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
* must be from two different departments
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Divisional Requirements
You must complete courses in each of
the five divisions of the undergraduate
curriculum while enrolled at Wake
Forest. Advanced Placement (AP)
or International Baccalaureate (IB)
credit for these courses can be used for
elective credit but cannot be used to
satisfy divisional requirements. Courses
satisfying a divisional requirement are
designated (D) after their descriptions
in the Undergraduate Bulletin and under
course attributes on WIN. The Course
Completion Checklist (registrar.wfu.edu/
academic) also lists current courses that
meet divisional requirements.
Cultural Diversity and Quantitative
Reasoning Requirements
One Cultural Diversity (CD) and one
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) course
are required. These can be taken at the
basic, divisional or major/minor level or
as electives. CD and QR designations are
found after course descriptions in the
Undergraduate Bulletin and under course
attributes on WIN.
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