II. Natural Sciences and Mathematics A. Natural Sciences: two courses, chosen from different departments, including at least one (with corequisite laboratory) from among Biology 110, Chemistry 110, Astronomy 110, or Physics 131. Note: The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one department; therefore, the Natural Sciences requirement cannot be met by taking a combination of a Physics course and an Astronomy course. B. Mathematics: one course from among Mathematics 111, 121, 130, 140, 141, 142, 231, 242. C. One additional Natural Sciences, Mathematics, or Computer Science course. III. Social Sciences One course outside the department of the major from among Economics 101; Government and Foreign Affairs 101, 140; any History 100- or 200-level course; Psychology 101; Sociology 201. IV. Core Cultures A. Western Culture 101 and 102. B. One course from either Global Cultures 103 or 104. V. American Studies Two courses, chosen from different departments, from among United States history courses at the 100- or 200-level, or History 313, 317, 321, 323, 327; English 191, 199, 221, 222, 224, 230, 258; Music 212, 217, 218; Theatre 210; Visual Arts 210; Government and Foreign Affairs 101, 102, 201; Religion 231, 232, 334, 336. Note: Music 212, 217, 218, Theatre 210, and Visual Arts 210 are all courses offered by the Fine Arts department; therefore, the American Studies requirement cannot be met by taking a combination of these courses. VI. International Studies An approved study-abroad experience (either during the academic year, in May Term, or in summer school), or one course from among History 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 322, 323, 325, 326, 332, 333, 340, 345, 346; Economics 210; English 228; Theatre 201; Government and Foreign Affairs 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 322; Religion 103, 202, 203, 204; one course from either Global Cultures 103 or 104, not already used in section IV to satisfy the Core Cultures requirement. International students who are attending Hampden-Sydney College on an F1 Visa will be considered as having fulfilled this requirement.
VII. Religious and Philosophical Studies One Religion or Philosophy course at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level (except Religion 151, 152, or 251). VIII. Fine Arts One 3 credit hour course in the Department of Fine Arts. IX. Experiential Learning (EL) Three courses (of at least one credit) designated as experiential learning, in at least two different divisions of the college (i.e., humanities, social science, and natural sciences & mathematics), one of which must be “off the Hill” (i.e., course activities are primarily experienced off of the H-SC campus). Students may not use more than one INDS course to fulfill this requirement. RHETORIC REQUIREMENT To ensure that all graduates of the College are able to write and speak clearly, cogently, and grammatically, the faculty in 1978 established the Rhetoric Program. In order to be graduated from the College, a student must satisfy all components of the Rhetoric proficiency requirement. The requirement comprises two components: (1) Successful completion of Rhetoric 101 and 102, and in addition, for students who need intensive training in basic writing and reading skills, Rhetoric 100. At the beginning of the fall semester, new students take diagnostic tests. Rhetoric staff members may then recommend that students who perform exceptionally well on both the editing and essay diagnostics be exempted from Rhetoric 101. The Director of the Program, in consultation with the professor, the student, and the student’s advisor, makes the final decision about exemptions in these cases. Entering students who have scored four or five on the English Language and Composition examination of the College Board or six or seven on the appropriate International Baccalaureate Examination receive credit for Rhetoric 101 and may move directly into Rhetoric 102. If a student performs exceptionally well in Rhetoric 100, he may be exempted from Rhetoric 101 with the consent of the Director of the Program. Exemption from 102 is granted only to transfer students who have earned six hours of credit in writing courses at another college and who pass the Rhetoric Proficiency Examination upon entering Hampden-Sydney College.