Questions Related to Breadth Requirements and Pathways
The overview provides a good introduction to goals and policies related to the Pathways. As detailed here, each Pathway must contain four courses covering at least three different disciplines. If you want to take courses in four different disciplines, that is also fine.
You may select your Pathway during your first semester at the College. You MUST declare your Pathway by the time you register for your third semester of courses. This means that most students need to pick their Pathway by April of their freshman year.
You identify the Pathway you have chosen by filling out the form in collaboration with your advisor.
Yes! As you choose your Pathway, then, you might want to be strategic about using Core requirements to explore a potential minor or second major. You don’t have to worry about the credits going to waste because they will be fulfilling requirements for your Core. If you do end up wanting to pursue this area more fully, then you have already taken several courses that will work toward completing the minor or second major.
Yes. Even if you “double-dip” courses in this manner, however, you still need to accumulate 36 total distribution credits as part of your Core.
Yes. You may take one course outside Core Breadth areas if the class has been approved for inclusion in the Pathway you have chosen. See individual Pathway course lists
in order to see which courses have been approved.
In many instances they can. If you want to know whether or not an Honors/special-topics course will count for a Breadth requirement, ask the Honors Director or the department chair in that Breadth area.
As with Honors and special-topics courses, in many instances they can. Potential Breadth courses must be approved by department chairs in the Breadth area (e.g. the English department chair evaluates courses for the Literature Breadth requirement). Potential Pathway courses should be approved by the Core Director, Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons.
Yes, if the Registrar (in consultation with the Core Director) determines that the course's content is sufficiently applicable to the Pathway’s topic.
No. For logistical and academic reasons, students must choose from the established Pathway list. This will give you 23 options from which to choose.