Distribution requirements for students following the 2016-17 and earlier Calendars

What are distribution requirements?
In keeping with Mount Allison's philosophy of liberal education, distribution requirements encourage academic breadth and depth by requiring students to take courses from outside their academic discipline. Distribution requirements promote intellectual alertness and flexibility. They can also provide an introduction to subjects you may not have encountered in high school.

Who needs to complete distribution requirements?
Students pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, or Bachelor of Science degrees must complete distribution requirements. Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music students do not have a distribution requirement. 

When should I complete my distribution requirements?
Distribution requirements can be completed at any time during the course of your degree. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce students are strongly encouraged to complete their distribution requirements during their first year of study. Bachelor of Science students should aim to complete three to six credits of distribution each year.

Can courses taken for distribution also be used for my major or minor requirements?

Yes, courses that have been designated by a student to fulfill distribution requirements may also count, if applicable, towards the requirements for a major or minor.

Six credits must be completed in each of the following categories:

  • Arts and Letters — six credits chosen from any combination of: 
    • Drama
    • English
    • Fine arts
    • Art history
    • French studies
    • German studies
    • Hispanic studies
    • Japanese studies
    • Linguistics
    • Music
     
  • Humanities — six credits chosen from any combination of:   
    • Canadian studies
    • Classics
    • Greek
    • History
    • Latin
    • Philosophy
    • Religious studies
    • Women’s and gender studies
     Note: A maximum of 6 credits from Women's and Gender Studies courses can be applied to meet the distribution requirements for either Humanities or Social  Sciences, or a combination of the two. 
       
  •  Social Science — six credits chosen from any combination of: 
    • Anthropology
    • Commerce
    • Economics
    • Geography and environment (courses coded as GENV)
    • International relations
    • Political science
    • Sociology
    • Women’s and gender studies
    Note: Bachelor of Commerce students will complete this distribution with course requirements for the degree 
    Note: A maximum of 6 credits from Women's and Gender Studies courses can be applied to meet the distribution requirements for either Humanities or Social Sciences, or a combination of the two.

  • Science — six credits chosen from any combination of: 
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer science
    • Geography and environment (courses coded as GENS)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Science 1001
    Note: BIOL 1201, PHYS 1021 and 1031 (astronomy), MATH 1011, MATH 1251, MATH 2311, GENS 1401, COMP 1631, PSYC 1001, PSYC 1011 and SCIE 1001 are courses which have no prerequisites and are particularly well-suited to non-science students.
    Note: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce students will complete this distribution with courses required for the degree.