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Courses Approved for Foundational Disciplines and Overlays

NOTE: Students who started taking classes at Northwestern in Spring 2023 or earlier should refer to the Courses Approved for Distribution Credit. The information below pertains to students who start at Northwestern after Spring 2023.

 

2023-2024 Courses

Information will be posted to these lists as it becomes available. Some courses on the lists will not be offered in 2023-24, but in a future year. Certain courses appear on more than one list, but courses approved in more than one foundational area may not be counted in more than one area at the same time (i.e. not double-counted between foundational areas).

Starting September 2023 please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for full lists. This page will only include mid-year updates.

Foundational Disciplines
FD-NS
Foundational Discipline - Natural Sciences
Subject Number Title
ANTHRO 213-0 Human Origins
ANTHRO 309-0 Human Osteology
ANTHRO 316-0 Forensic Anthropology
ANTHRO 386-0 Methods in Human Biology Research
ASTRON 101-0 Modern Cosmology
ASTRON 102-0 Milky Way Galaxy
ASTRON 103-0 Solar System
ASTRON 111-0 Introduction to Astrobiology
ASTRON 120-0 Highlights of Astronomy
BIOL_SCI 103-0 Diversity of Life
BIOL_SCI 109-0 The Nature of Plants
BIOL_SCI 150-0 Human Genetics
BIOL_SCI 164-0 Basic Genetics and Evolution
BIOL_SCI 201-0 Molecular Biology
CHEM 131-0 General Chemistry 1
CHEM 132-0 General Chemistry 2
CHEM 151-0 Accelerated General Chemistry 1
CHEM 152-0 Accelerated General Chemistry 2
CHEM 171-0 Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 172-0 Advanced General Physical Chemistry
CHEM 215-1 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 215-2 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 217-1 Accelerated Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 217-2 Accelerated Organic Chemistry II
COG_SCI 210-0 Language and the Brain
LING 250-0 Sound Patterns in Human Language
LING 350-0 Fundamentals of Lab Phonology
PHYSICS 103-0 Ideas of Physics
PHYSICS 125-1 General Physics for ISP
PHYSICS 125-2 General Physics for ISP
PHYSICS 125-3 General Physics for ISP
PHYSICS 130-1 College Physics
PHYSICS 130-2 College Physics
PHYSICS 130-3 College Physics
PHYSICS 135-1 General Physics
PHYSICS 135-2 General Physics
PHYSICS 135-3 General Physics
PHYSICS 140-1 Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 140-2 Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 140-3 Fundamentals of Physics
PHYSICS 239-0 Foundations of Modern Physics
PSYCH 221-0 Introduction to Neuroscience (or may be applied to FD-SBS)
PSYCH 324-0 Perception
PSYCH 328-0 Brain Damage and the Mind (or may be applied to FD-SBS)

FD-EDR
Foundational Discipline - Empirical and Deductive Reasoning
BIOL_SCI 337-0 Biostatistics
BIOL_SCI 338-0 Modeling Biological Dynamics
COG_SCI 202-0 Evaluating Evidence (with POLI_SCI 212-0)
COMP_SCI 110-0 Introduction to Computer Programming
COMP_SCI 111-0 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
COMP_SCI 150-0 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 1.5
LING 330-0 Research Methods in Linguistics
MATH 218-1 Single-Variable Calculus with Precalculus
MATH 218-2 Single-Variable Calculus with Precalculus
MATH 218-3 Single-Variable Calculus with Precalculus
MATH 220-1 Single-Variable Differential Calculus
MATH 220-2 Single-Variable Integral Calculus
MATH 226-0 Sequences and Series
MATH 228-1 Multivariable Differential Calculus for Engineering
MATH 228-2 Multivariable Integral Calculus for Engineering
MATH 230-1 Multivariable Differential Calculus
MATH 230-2 Multivariable Integral Calculus
MATH 281-1 Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 281-2 Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 281-3 Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
MATH 285-1 Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 285-2 Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 285-3 Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
MATH 290-1 MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 290-2 MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 290-3 MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-1 MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-2 MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
MATH 291-3 MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
PHIL 150-0 Elementary Logic I
PHIL 250-0 Elementary Logic II
POLI_SCI 210-0 Introduction to Empirical Methods in Political Science
POLI_SCI 212-0 Evaluating Evidence (with COG_SCI 202-0)
POLI_SCI 312-0 Statistical Research Methods
PSYCH 201-0 Statistical Methods in Psychology
PSYCH 205-0 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYCH 333-0 Psychology of Thinking (or may be applied to FD-SBS)
STAT 202-0 Introduction to Statistics and Data Science
STAT 210-0 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
 
FD-SBS
Foundational Discipline - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Subject Number Title
AF_AM_ST 214-0 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies1
AF_AM_ST 215-0 Introduction to Black Social & Political Life1
AF_AM_ST 320-0 Social Meaning of Race1
AF_AM_ST 365-0 Black Chicago1
ANTHRO 211-0 Culture and Society
ANTHRO 214-0 Archaeology: Unearthing History
ANTHRO 215-0 Study of Culture Through Language2
ANTHRO 221-0 Social and Health Inequalities1
ANTHRO 322-0 Introduction to Archeology Research Design & Methods
ANTHRO 357-0 Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (with GBL_HLTH 357-0)
ANTHRO 382-0 Political Ecology (with ENVR_POL 384-0)
ANTHRO 383-0 Environmental Anthropology (with ENVR_POL 383-0)
ANTHRO 389-0 Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
COG_SCI 110-0 Introduction to Cognitive Science
ECON 201-0 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 202-0 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 310-1 Microeconomics
ECON 311-0 Macroeconomics
ENVR_POL 337-0 Hazard, Disaster and Society (with GBL_HLTH 337-0)2
ENVR_POL 338-0 Environmental Justice (with GBL_HLTH 338-0)2
ENVR_POL 383-0 Environmental Anthropology (with ANTHRO 383-0)
ENVR_POL 384-0 Political Ecology (with ANTHRO 382-0)
GBL_HLTH 201-0 Introduction to Global Health2
GBL_HLTH 222-0 The Social Determinants of Health
GBL_HLTH 306-0 Biomedicine and Culture2
GBL_HLTH 318-0 Community-based Participatory Research1
GBL_HLTH 320-0 Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health
GBL_HLTH 321-0 War and Public Health2
GBL_HLTH 323-0 Global Health from Policy to Practice2
GBL_HLTH 337-0 Hazard, Disaster and Society (with ENVR_POL 337-0)2
GBL_HLTH 338-0 Environmental Justice (with ENVR_POL 338-0)2
GBL_HLTH 357-0 Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity (with ANTHRO 357-0)
HUM 220-0 Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (with SOCIOL 220-0)1
LEGAL_ST 206-0 Law and Society (with SOCIOL 206-0)1
LEGAL_ST 207-0 Legal Studies Research Methods (with SOCIOL 227-0)
LEGAL_ST 332-0 Constitutional Law I (with POLI_SCI 332-0)
LEGAL_ST 333-0 Constitutional Law II: Civil and Political Rights (with POLI_SCI 333-0)1
LEGAL_ST 356-0 Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective (with POLI_SCI 356-0)2
LING 220-0 Language and Society1
LING 312-0 Experimental Sociolinguistics1
LING 315-0 Experimental Approaches to Word Form Processing
LING 320-0 Sociolinguistics1
POLI_SCI 211-0 Introduction to Interpretive Methods in Political Science
POLI_SCI 220-0 American Government and Politics1
POLI_SCI 230-0 Introduction ot Law in the Political Arena1
POLI_SCI 240-0 Introduction to International Relations2
POLI_SCI 250-0 Introduction to Comparative Politics2
POLI_SCI 320-0 The American Presidency
POLI_SCI 324-0 Political Parties and Elections
POLI_SCI 325-0 Congress and the Legislative Process
POLI_SCI 328-0 Public Policy
POLI_SCI 332-0 Constitutional Law I (with LEGAL_ST 332-0)
POLI_SCI 333-0 Constitutional Law II: Civil and Political Rights (with LEGAL_ST 333-0)1
POLI_SCI 335-0 Political Psychology
POLI_SCI 336-0 Immigration Politics and Policy1
POLI_SCI 341-0 International Political Economy2
POLI_SCI 343-0 Politics of International Law2
POLI_SCI 344-0 U.S. Foreign Policy
POLI_SCI 345-0 National Security
POLI_SCI 350-0 Social Movements2
POLI_SCI 352-0 Global Development (with SOCIOL 317-0)2
POLI_SCI 354-0 Politics of Southeast Asia2
POLI_SCI 356-0 Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective (with LEGAL_ST 356-0)2
POLI_SCI 384-0 International Responses to Mass Atrocities2
POLI_SCI 388-0 Institutions and Society (with SOCIOL 288-0)
PSYCH 110-0 Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 213-0 Social Psychology
PSYCH 221-0 Introduction to Neuroscience (or may be applied to FD-NS)
PSYCH 244-0 Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 303-0 Psychopathology
PSYCH 313-0 Relationship Science
PSYCH 317-0 The Holocaust: Psychological Themes & Perspectives2
PSYCH 328-0 Brain Damage and the Mind (or may be applied to FD-NS)
PSYCH 333-0 Psychology of Thinking (or may be applied to FD-EDR)
SOCIOL 202-0 Social Problems
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society (with LEGAL_ST 206-0)1
SOCIOL 207-0 Cities in Society
SOCIOL 210-0 Families and Society1
SOCIOL 216-0 Gender and Society1
SOCIOL 218-0 Education and Inequality: Focus on Chicago1
SOCIOL 220-0 Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (with HUM 220-0)1
SOCIOL 227-0 Legal Studies Research Methods (with LEGAL_ST 207-0)
SOCIOL 235-0 Critical Thought on Race and Ethnicity1
SOCIOL 288-0 Institutions and Society (with POLI_SCI 388-0)
SOCIOL 302-0 Sociology of Organizations
SOCIOL 305-0 Population Dynamics2
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society1
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family1
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development (with POLI_SCI 352-0)2
SOCIOL 327-0 Youth and Society1

1 Also Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

2 Also Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity


FD-HS
Foundational Discipline - Historical Studies
Subject Number Title
AF_AM_ST 212-2 Introduction to African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights Movement (with HISTORY 212-2)1
AF_AM_ST 220-0 Civil Rights and Black Liberation1
AF_AM_ST 360-0 Major Authors
ANTHRO 327-0 Historical Archaeology
ANTHRO 370-0 Anthropology in Historical Perspective
HISTORY 200-0 New Introductory Courses in History
HISTORY 201-2 Europe in the Modern World2
HISTORY 212-2 Introduction to African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights Movement (with AF_AM_ST 212-2)1
HISTORY 250-2 Global History II2
HISTORY 292-0 Introduction to Topics in History
HISTORY 300-0 New Lectures in History

1 Also Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

2 Also Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity


FD-EET
Foundational Discipline - Ethical and Evaluative Thinking
Subject Number Title
ANTHRO 232-0 Myth and Symbolism
COMP_LIT 207-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with PHIL 220-0)2
GBL_HLTH 302-0 Global Bioethics2
GBL_HLTH 324-0 Volunteerism and the Ethics of Help2
ISEN 230-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Ethical Dimensions (with PHIL 270-0)2
LEGAL_ST 309-0 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (with POLI_SCI 309-0)
PHIL 110-0 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210-1 History of Philosophy - Ancient
PHIL 216-0 Introduction to Pragmatism
PHIL 219-0 Introduction to Existentialism
PHIL 220-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with COMP_LIT 207-0)2
PHIL 222-0 Introduction to Africana Philosophy2
PHIL 224-0 Philosophy, Race, and Racism1
PHIL 240-0 Freedom and Responsibility
PHIL 254-0 Introduction to Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
PHIL 255-0 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 260-0 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL 261-0 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 262-0 Ethical Problems and Public Issues1
PHIL 266-0 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 268-0 Ethics and the Environment
PHIL 269-0 Bioethics
PHIL 270-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Economic and Ethical Dimensions (with ISEN 230-0)2
PHIL 273-1 The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Life
PHIL 273-2 The Brady Scholars Program: The Moral Life
PHIL 273-3 The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Society
POLI_SCI 304-0 Human Rights Between East and West2
POLI_SCI 309-0 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (with LEGAL_ST 309-0)
POLI_SCI 347-0 Ethics in International Relations2

1 Also Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

2 Also Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity


FD-LA
Foundational Discipline - Literature and Art
Subject Number Title
AF_AM_ST 210-0 Survey of African American Literature1
AF_AM_ST 211-0 Literatures of the Black World
ART 272-0 Critical Methods for Contemporary Art
ART 372-0 Seminar
ASIAN_LC 221-0 Introduction to Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 222-0 Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 223-0 Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 224-0 Introduction to Japanese Film, Media, and Visual Culture
ASIAN_LC 261-0 South Asian Popular Cultures
ASIAN_LC 265-0 South Asian Cinemas
ASIAN_LC 321-0 Advanced Topics in Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 322-0 Advanced Topics in Modern Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 340-0 Advanced Topics in Korean Literature and Culture
ASIAN_LC 370-0 Literary Cultures in South Asia
COMP_LIT 200-0 Introduction to Literary Theory
ENGLISH 280-0 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature2
GREEK 301-0 Readings in Greek Literature
HIND_URD 320-0 Topics Hindi-Urdu Literature
LATIN 310-0 Readings in Latin Literature
LATINO 393-0 Topics in Latina and Latino Text and Representation
PHIL 280-0 Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
RELIGION 301-0 Hindu Epics: Mahābhārata
SLAVIC 210-2 Introduction to Russian Literature
SLAVIC 310-0 Tolstoy
SPANISH 250-0 Literature in Spain Before 1700
SPANISH 251-0 Literature in Spain Since 1700
SPANISH 260-0 Literature in Latin America Before 1888
SPANISH 261-0 Literature in Latin America Since 1888

1 Also Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

2 Also Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

 

US and Global Perspectives (overlays)
OVRL-US
Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity
Subject Number Title
AF_AM_ST 210-0 Survey of African American Literature4
AF_AM_ST 212-2 Introduction to African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights Movement (with HISTORY 212-2)2
AF_AM_ST 214-0 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies1
AF_AM_ST 215-0 Introduction to Black Social & Political Life1
AF_AM_ST 220-0 Civil Rights and Black Liberation2
AF_AM_ST 320-0 Social Meaning of Race1
AF_AM_ST 365-0 Black Chicago1
ANTHRO 221-0 Social and Health Inequalities1
GBL_HLTH 318-0 Community-based Participatory Research1
HISTORY 212-2 Introduction to African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights Movement (with AF_AM_ST 212-2)2
HUM 220-0 Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (with SOCIOL 220-0)1
LEGAL_ST 206-0 Law and Society (with SOCIOL 206-0)1
LEGAL_ST 333-0 Constitutional Law II (with POLI_SCI 333-0)1
LING 220-0 Language and Society1
LING 312-0 Experimental Sociolinguistics1
LING 320-0 Sociolinguistics1
PHIL 224-0 Philosophy, Race, and Racism3
PHIL 262-0 Ethical Problems and Public Issues3
POLI_SCI 220-0 American Government and Politics1
POLI_SCI 230-0 Introduction to Law in the Political Arena1
POLI_SCI 333-0 Constitutional Law II (with LEGAL_ST 333-0)1
POLI_SCI 336-0 Immigration Politics and Policy1
SOCIOL 206-0 Law and Society (with LEGAL_ST 206-0)1
SOCIOL 210-0 Families and Societies1
SOCIOL 216-0 Gender and Society1
SOCIOL 218-0 Education and Inequality: Focus on Chicago1
SOCIOL 220-0 Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (with HUM 220-0)1
SOCIOL 235-0 Critical Thought on Race and Ethnicity1
SOCIOL 307-0 School and Society1
SOCIOL 310-0 Sociology of the Family1
SOCIOL 327-0 Youth and Society1

1Also FD-Social and Behavioral Sciences

2Also FD-Historical Studies

3Also FD-Ethical and Evaluative Thinking

4Also FD-Literature and Arts

OVRL-G
Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity
Subject Number Title
ANTHRO 215-0 Study of Culture Through Language1
ANTHRO 326-0 Archaeologies of Sustainability and Collapse (with ENVR_POL 385)
COMP_LIT 207-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with PHIL 220-0)3
ENGLISH 280-0 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature4
ENVR_POL 337-0 Hazard, Disaster and Society (with GBL_HLTH 337-0)1
ENVR_POL 338-0 Environmental Justice (with GBL_HLTH 338-0)1
ENVR_POL 385-0 Archaeologies of Sustainability and Collapse (with ANTHRO 326-0)
GBL_HLTH 201-0 Introduction to Global Health1
GBL_HLTH 302-0 Global Bioethics3
GBL_HLTH 306-0 Biomedicine and Culture1
GBL_HLTH 321-0 War and Public Health1
GBL_HLTH 323-0 Global Health From Policy to Practice1
GBL_HLTH 324-0 Volunteerism and the Ethics of Help3
GBL_HLTH 337-0 Hazard, Disaster and Society (with ENVR_POL 337-0)1
GBL_HLTH 338-0 Environmental Justice (with ENVR_POL 338-0)1
HISTORY 201-2 Europe in the Modern World2
HISTORY 250-2 Global History II2
ISEN 230-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Ethical Dimensions (with PHIL 270-0)3
LEGAL_ST 356-0 Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective (with POLI_SCI 356-0)1
PHIL 220-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with COMP_LIT 207-0)3
PHIL 222-0 Introduction to Africana Philosophy3
PHIL 270-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Economic and Ethical Dimensions (with ISEN 230-0)3
POLI_SCI 240-0 Introduction to International Relations1
POLI_SCI 250-0 Introduction to Comparative Politics1
POLI_SCI 304-0 Human Rights Between East and West3
POLI_SCI 341-0 International Political Economy1
POLI_SCI 343-0 Politics of International Law1
POLI_SCI 347-0 Ethics in International Relations3
POLI_SCI 350-0 Social Movements1
POLI_SCI 352-0 Global Development (with SOCIOL 317-0)1
POLI_SCI 354-0 Politics of Southeast Asia1
POLI_SCI 356-0 Constitutional Challenges in Comparative Perspective (with LEGAL_ST 356-0)1
POLI_SCI 384-0 International Responses to Mass Atrocities1
PSYCH 317-0 The Holocaust: Psychological Themes & Perspectives1
SOCIOL 305-0 Population Dynamics1
SOCIOL 317-0 Global Development (with POLI_SCI 352-0)1

1Also FD-Social and Behavioral Sciences

2Also FD-Historical Studies

3Also FD-Ethical and Evaluative Thinking

4Also FD-Literature and Arts

 

Previous course lists

NOTE: Students who started taking classes at Northwestern in Spring 2023 or earlier should refer to the Courses Approved for Distribution Credit. The information above pertains to students who start at Northwestern after Spring 2023.

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