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THE MICHIGAN DAILi

Requirements Provide Broad Program

essential skills of speaking, com-
prelhending and reading the lan-
guage for its use in professional
and other affairs. It also providest
a general view of the culture of
the people whose native language
is being studied,
social Science
The social sciences attempt to
find patterns and understanding'
in the realm of human relation-!
ships. They assemble, correlate
and analyze information regard-
ing man's experience through
study of his relationships to his
environment, his efforts to pro-'
vide for himself, his systems for
group living and his regulationj
and control of the social organi-
zation.
Required in the social sciences
are 14 credit hours with work in
at least two departments. Includ-
ed is a two-semester sequence in
one department. This requirement
may be met by courses in Anthro-
pology, Asia 1 and 2, College Hon-
ors, Economics, Geography, His-
tory, Journalism, Political Science,
most offerings in Psychology and
Sociology. The introductory cours-
es in each department are gener-
all four hour courses, divided into
two large lecture sections, and two
small recitation periods.
Natural Science
The literary college obligates
each student to elect a minimum
of 12 hours in the natural sci-
ences, work in at least two depart-
ments, and a two-semester se-
quence in a laboratory course. This
requirement may be met in An-

thropology, Astronomy. Bacteriol-
ogy, Botany, Chemistry, College
Honors, Geology, Minerology, Phil-
osoph 51 (scientific method),
Physics, Physiology, Psychology,
Natural science courses are us-
ually divided into lectures, recita-
tions, and laboratory. Laboratoryj
work ranges from two hours in
physics to eight in certain chemis-
try courses,
Courses in natural science have
the objectives of providing an un-
derstanding of and practical ex-
perience in scientific methods of
classification, analysis, descrip-
tion, experimentation and presen-
tation of evidence.
Mathematics and Philosophy
A two-semester sequence in ei-
ther mathematics or philosophy is'
required of the prospective schol-
ar in the literary college. There
are a number of common features
in mathematics and philosophy
that bring them together as a per-
haps puzzling distribution require-
ment.
Both place a primary stress on
clear and exact reasoning. Any
field, naturally, provides training
in reasoning, but in some this is
secondary, and in most depart-
ments it is linked with the study
of a specific body of factual mate-
rial.
In philosophy and mathematics,
however, the stress on reasooning
is central and is not concerned
with any specific body of data.
Also, both deal with questions
that have a greater generality,

than those of any science or
other discipline.
And both, though in different
ways, furnish tools for the study
of other fields; mathematics in
providing methods of computa-
tion and statistical techniques for
the sciences; philosophy in treat-
ing of the methods of reasoning
and of leading ideas and values
that have played a part in our
tradition,
Humanities
The Humanities requirement can
be met by a twq -semester se-
quence in Literature, Asia 1 and
2, College Honors, .Great Books,
History of Art, Music Literature,
Theory, and Composition or
Speech (55 and 56).
To provide visual, auditory, and
written experience with various
modes of artistic expression; to
develop knowledge of the tech-
niques of a given art; and to in-
crease the student's insight into
the forms of aesthetic expression
of his own or a foreign culture
are the aims of courses in the hu-
manities.
Deadlines For Courses
During his first two years in the
literary college, a student must
complete the English composition
requirement, the foreign languege
requirement, eight hours of the
social science requirement, and
the two-semester laboratory course
sequence.
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