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 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)
Any ENG literature course; any WLC course; any HIST course; any AAS course cross-listed with HIST; any PHIL course (except PHIL 102, 105, or 114); AAD 201/201D; COM 101, 211, 216; GWK 300; HON 115; any WMST course cross-listed with Humanities.
1 Fine Arts Course (3 credits)
AAE 100; AAI 100; ART 101, 107, 211, 212, 135, 160, 216, 260, 261; CFA 103; DAN 101, 103, 104, 166/AAS 166; FILM 100, 110; MUS 101, 121, 125, 129, 134; LAND 100; THTR 100, 105, 124, 175.
Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking (9-10 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.
2 Life and Physical Science Courses (6-7 credits)
Any AST course; ANTH 102, 110L; NUTR 121; any BIOL course; any CHEM course (except CHEM 103 and CHEM 108); EGG 100; ENV 101, 220; any GEOG course; any GEOL course; any PHYS course.
1 Analytical Thinking Course (3 credits)
PHIL 102, COM 104, and COM 217
Social Sciences (9 credits)
One course each from three different fields for a total of 9 credits. Courses used to satisfy the Constitutions requirement may not be used to meet Social Sciences distribution requirements.
Social Science Courses (9 credits)
Any AAS course (except AAS courses cross-listed with DAN, ENG, or HIST); any ANTH course (except ANTH 102); CED 117; CEE 307; CFT 150, 360; COM 102; CRJ 104, 270, 435, 436, 438, 469; any ECON course (except ECON 261, 262, 441); HON 206; JOUR 107; LAS 101; PBH 165, 429, 435; any PSC course (excluding those cross listed with Humanities or Fine Arts); any PSY course (except PSY 210 and PSY406); EPY 303; SW 101; any SOC course (except SOC 404); any WMST course (excluding those cross-listed with Humanities or Fine Arts). All statistics courses are excluded.