The Distribution requirement satisfies 18-19 of the required General Education semester credits. Distribution courses provide attainment of the Intellectual Breadth and Lifelong Learning University Undergraduate Learning Outcome. By taking courses in multiple disciplines, students develop the intellectual breadth needed to participate fully in today's complex, multicultural and technological global civilization.
To meet the Distribution requirement, students must complete coursework in three distribution content areas. The three distribution content areas are: (1) Humanities and Fine Arts, (2) Social Sciences, and (3) Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking.
Students automatically satisfy one Distribution Content Area when they complete their major course requirements. Please see the table of "Majors and Their Distribution Area Assignments" at the bottom of the "General Education" section in the UNLV Undergraduate Catalog to see which distribution content area each major satisfies.
Students satisfy the other two Distribution content areas by satisfactorily completing three courses (typically 9-10 credits) in each of two areas outside their major area of study. Check the Distribution content area table below to find out what courses to take to satisfy the Distribution requirements.
Distribution Content Areas
Humanities and Fine Arts (9 total credits)
Distribution Requirements: Two courses (3 credits each) from two different humanities areas and one introductory or appreciation course (3 credits) from a fine arts area. Courses used to satisfy the First-Year Seminar, Second-Year Seminar, English Composition, or Constitution requirements may not be used to satisfy Humanities distribution requirements.
2 Humanities Courses (6 credits)
AAD 201: History of the Built Environment/Discussion
African American Studies
AAS 232/HIST 232: History of Africa III
AAS 290/ENG 290: Introduction to African-American Literature (also satisfies Multicultural requirement)
ART 261: Survey of Art History II (also satisfies International requirement)
DAN 101: Dance Appreciation
DAN 103: Sex, Dance and Entertainment
DAN 104: Appreciation of Dance in Broadway and Film Musicals
DAN 166/AAS 166: Survey of African American Dance (also satisfies Multicultural requirement)
DAN 369: Design for Dance
FILM 100: Introduction to Film
FILM 110: Language of Film
HON 420: Special Topics Seminars-Fine Arts
LAND 100: Introduction to Landscape Architecture
MUS 101: Music Fundamentals
MUS 121: Music Appreciation (also satisfies Multicultural requirement)
MUS 121 CSN: CSN Class @UNLV-Freshman Academy
MUS 125: History of Rock Music
MUS 125CSN: History of Rock Music
MUS 129: Sex and Violence in Opera
MUS 134: Jazz Appreciation (also satisfies Multicultural requirement)
THTR 100: Introduction to Theatre (also satisfies International requirement)
THTR 105: Introduction to Acting I
THTR 124: Introduction to Gay Plays (also satisfies Multicultural requirement)
THTR 175: Introduction to Musical Theater Literature
Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking (9-10 total credits)
Distribution Requirements: Two courses from the life and physical sciences (at least one of which must be a laboratory course), typically for a total of seven credits, and one three-credit course in analytical thinking.