2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalogue
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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalogue as a single PDF file
Caution: The course offerings and requirements of Washington and Lee University are under continual examination and revision. This catalogue is not a contract; it merely presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication and in no way guarantees that the offerings and requirements will not change. The University specifically reserves the right to change requirements for any major during any particular year.
Whenever changes in course offerings or requirements occur, students will be notified by a posting outside the Office of the University Registrar. The individual student assumes full responsibility for compliance with all academic requirements. Current course offerings may be obtained from the appropriate department. Current major and degree requirements may be obtained from the University Registrar, the Dean of the College, the Dean of the Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, or from the head of the appropriate department.
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Courses of Study: General Information
This catalogue presents, subject to change, the courses that can reasonably be expected to be offered during the academic year. A course is the minimum amount of work in a given subject for which credit is granted. Each course is indivisible and has a separate number and separate grade for each term.
The term in which each course is offered and whether the class has a laboratory meeting are cited below the description of the course. Some courses are given only in alternate years. In such cases, the course listing is accompanied by an indication of the year in which it is to be given, if known. The departmental listing of faculty is presented alphabetically by rank with the department head listed first in the appropriate rank. Courses are numbered on the following basis:
100-199—Introductory courses or course sequences ordinarily taken by
freshmen or sophomores.
200-299—Intermediate courses or course sequences with or without prerequisites ordinarily taken by sophomores or juniors.
300-399—Advanced courses or course sequences, with specified prerequisites (courses, class standing, or special permission) ordinarily taken by juniors or seniors. Students may be admitted to advanced courses (1) if they have met the prerequisite, or (2) in exceptional cases, with the approval of the department and the appropriate dean.
400-499—Independent work (directed studies, directed projects, tutorials, internships, seniors theses, and honors theses).
Permission to substitute courses in major requirements may be granted in exceptional circumstances by the department or program committee through its head.
Note: Courses which meet a General Education requirement have a General Education code from the following list in parentheses at the end of the course description. For example, (GE3) indicates that the course may be used toward meeting the literature (General Education area 3) requirement. General Education goals, requirements, and courses which meet each requirement, are listed on pages 61-63. They are also available from the University Registrar Web page at registrar.wlu.edu.
(GE1) English Composition
(GE2) Foreign Language
(GE4) Fine Arts, History, Philosophy and Religion
(GE5) Science and Mathematics
(GE6) Social Sciences
(GE7) Physical Education
|African-American Studies||French||Physical Education|
|Anthropology & Archaeology||Geology||Physics|
|Biochemistry||Global Stewardship||Poverty & Human Capability|
|Business Administration||History||Public Policy|
|Computer Science||Journalism & Mass Commun.||Russian|
|East Asian Lang. & Lit||Latin||Russian Area Studies|
|East Asian Studies||Literature in Translation||Sociology|
|Education||Medieval & Renaissance Studies||Theater|