The Stevenson Educational Experience Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees

As part of the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE), Stevenson University requires all bachelor’s degree-seeking students to complete a minimum of 37-39 credits in distribution areas that comprise the liberal arts and sciences, plus a minimum of 9 additional credits in Communication Intensive (CI) and Writing Intensive (WI) courses. These credits/courses may be included in the Major Program Requirements unless otherwise specified (see major program descriptions); however, no single course may count in more than one distribution area for the purpose of fulfilling the SEE requirement. Furthermore, students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in courses that are used to fulfill the SEE requirement. It is expected that courses in the major field of study round out the learning goals and outcomes that constitute the Stevenson Educational Experience.

NOTE for 2014-2015: This year marks the implementation of the SEE requirements and is, therefore, a year of transition. Courses that have counted as fulfilling the University’s general education requirements in previous years will also count toward fulfilling SEE requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year. In all subsequent years, the only courses that will fulfill the SEE requirements (in addition to ENG 151 and ENG 152) are those certified with the appropriate label in the course description (CI, FA, HUM, QL, SR, SR-L, SS, WI).

Writing and Communication Requirement (15 credits).

All bachelor’s degree seeking students must complete courses that fulfill the Writing and Communication requirement of the Stevenson Educational Experience. A single course may fulfill either a writing intensive (WI) or a communication intensive (CI) standard. No single course may count as both writing intensive and communication intensive. It is permitted but not required for a single course to fulfill either a writing intensive or communication intensive requirement and a distribution requirement.

  • Two writing instruction courses:
    • ENG 151 (3 credits)
    • ENG 152 (3 credits)
  • Two writing intensive (WI) courses:
    • A minimum of 2 additional writing intensive courses are required, including at least one such course in the student’s major area of study. One of these WI courses must be at the 200-level, and the other must be at the 300-level or 400-level.
    • Courses that fulfill the writing intensive requirement are certified by the WI label in course descriptions.
  • One communication intensive (CI) course:
    • Courses that fulfill the communication intensive requirement are certified by the CI label in course descriptions.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement (37-39 credits).

All bachelor’s degree seeking students must complete courses that fulfill the liberal arts and sciences distribution requirement of the Stevenson Educational Experience. No single course may count in more than one distribution area for the purpose of fulfilling the SEE requirement, even though a course may meet the standards in more than one distribution area. Students must complete the required number of credits in each of the four areas described below: Humanities, Science and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts.

Humanities (HUM; 12 credits).

Four courses in at least three different discipline areas are required. The discipline areas are represented by the course prefix designators that precede the course number in the catalog (e.g. PHIL, REL). Note: ENG 151 and ENG 152 may not be used in fulfilling this requirement. Courses that fulfill the humanities distribution requirement are certified by the HUM label in course descriptions.

Science and Mathematics (SR, SR-L, QL; 10–12 credits).

Three courses in at least two different discipline areas are required. The discipline areas are represented by the course prefix designators that precede the course number in the catalog (e.g. BIO, PHYS). At least one course must be a laboratory science (SR-L) and one course must carry the MATH designation and QL label (excluding MATH 132 or MATH 201). (Note: MATH 132 or MATH 201 may be used as a second math course in fulfilling this distribution requirement.) Courses that fulfill the science distribution requirement are certified by the Scientific Reasoning (SR) or Scientific Reasoning-Laboratory (SR-L) label in course descriptions. Courses that fulfill the math distribution requirement are certified by the Quantitative Literacy (QL) label in course descriptions.

Social Sciences (SS; 6 credits).

Two courses in two different discipline areas are required. The discipline areas are represented by the course prefix designators that precede the course number in the catalog (e.g. GEO, SOC). Courses that fulfill the social science distribution requirement are certified by the SS label in course descriptions.

Fine Arts (FA; 3 credits).

One course in the fine arts is required. Courses that fulfill the fine arts distribution requirement are certified by the FA label in course descriptions.

Foreign Language
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete six credits of foreign language at the 200-level or higher.

Guide to Abbreviations

C – Communication

CI – Communication Intensive

CR – Career Readiness

EIP – Ethics in Practice

EL – Experiential Learning

FA – Fine Arts

HUM – Humanities

ID – Intellectual Development

QL – Quantitative Literacy

SR – Scientific Reasoning

SR-L – Scientific Reasoning-Laboratory

SS – Social Sciences

SSNW – Self, Societies, and the Natural World

WI – Writing Intensive