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CASE Breadth of Inquiry Credit

Courses to be considered for CASE Breadth of Inquiry credit must carry three or more credits and must be conducted as formal classes. Exceptions to the three-credit rule may occur if a course is approved to carry Breadth of Inquiry credit in the campus-wide General Education Curriculum. To qualify for CASE Breadth of Inquiry credit, a course should offer a broad overview of a field and approach to scholarship, acquainting students in some depth with the ways in which knowledge is developed and how one thinks from the perspective of the particular discipline or area. Course material should be accessible and comprehensible to a student who will not major in the department in which the course is offered.

CASE Arts and Humanities (CASE A&H) courses help students think about the complexity of human experience, appreciate the range of human thought and emotion, learn about varieties of aesthetic expression, and grapple with moral issues. Such courses study written texts and works in literature, the visual arts, music, and the other performing arts, as well as philosophical and religious thought, and intellectual and cultural traditions. The approach may be comparative, historical, or analytical, but in each course students will hone their interpretive and critical skills.

CASE Social and Historical Studies (CASE S&H) courses analyze social institutions, the behavior of individuals in social contexts and historical settings, and changes in social conditions over time. Such courses study the political, economic, and cultural institutions of society, from individuals in social interaction to the international system of nation-states and transnational organizations and actors, as well as changes in the human condition over time, including the inception, development, and transformation of institutions and civilizations, ideas, genres, or forms of representation.

CASE Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CASE N&M) courses introduce foundational concepts in the chemical, physical, mathematical and life sciences that shape an empirical understanding of nature and technology, expanding students’ understanding of the material world and the nature of scientific inquiry. Courses may also explore analytical reasoning, the thinking process, and its representations and may focus on forms of reasoning or the nature and processes of cognition and computation.

A course can carry only one CASE Breadth of Inquiry designation. To request CASE Breadth of Inquiry credit for a course, please see “Applying for Special CASE Course Designations.”