Course Types

AFY = Appropriate for First-Year Students: Courses noted as appropriate for FY students are taught at a level that makes them viable for most or all FY students. Other classes may be appropriate in exceptional circumstances but are generally designed for students who have completed introductory coursework at W&L or tested at an intermediate/advanced level.

AFCA = Courses approved for the Program in Africana Studies. See also the AFCA website.

AFAM = Courses approved for the Program in African-American Studies (ended May 2013). See also the AFCA website.

DH = Digital Humanities courses must meet at least four of the following six learning outcomes: ability to integrate digitally driven research goals, methods, and media with discipline-specific inquiry; ability to understand, analyze, and use data; develop critical savvy for assessing sources and data; ability to use design critically; ability to assess information and information technologies critically; ability to work collaboratively. See also Digital Humanities website.

EAS = Courses approved for the Program in East Asian Studies. See also the EAS website.

ENV = Environmental Studies courses and electives in the major. See also the ENV major in the catalog.

EPOL = Courses approved for the Education Policy minor. See also the Education Policy requirements on the Teacher Education website.

EXP = Experiential Learning. In experiential-learning courses, students will do one or more of the following:

•  perform as individuals, ensemble, and/or team members in expressive and skillful presentations before audiences, or demonstrate understanding of collaborative performance and production by designing, crafting, managing, publicizing, and/or directing events that have scholarly, artistic, or practical significance.
•  conduct research independently or collaboratively, to advance scholarly inquiry, to develop reasoned recommendations for sponsoring organizations or community partners, to extend classroom learning into the field of inquiry, or to support subsequent senior-thesis, capstone , publication, or public presentation.
•  explore interests and build skills through work in the world and reflect upon and articulate how the activities expand, redirect, alter, or confirm their intellectual, personal, and/or professional development.
•  build cultural competence, perspectives, and understanding through international immersion beyond the classroom, such as homestays.

FILM = Film courses in the Film and Visual Arts minor. See also the FILM minor in the catalog.

FS = First-year seminar.

GL = Global Learning courses must meet at least one of the following four student learning outcomes: demonstrate an understanding of how global issues, processes, trends, and systems have shaped the subject of your course; demonstrate the ability to use globally diverse cultural frames of reference and alternate perspectives to think critically, solve problems, or interpret issues and situations as they relate to the course topic; demonstrate an understanding of how the field of study is viewed and practiced in different cultural, national or international contexts; demonstrate improved language competency where global learning is done abroad in a foreign language, not English.

LACS = Courses approved for the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. See also the LACS website.

MRST = Courses approved for the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. See also the MRST website.

NEUR = Neuroscience courses and electives in the major. See also the NEUR major.

PERS = In Perspectives courses, students do all of the following: demonstrate acquired knowledge of underrepresented and/or non-Western viewpoints or analytical lenses; recognize how identities, such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and/or class, may intersect and uniquely influence the issues covered in the course; and gain a critical understanding of the connections between such identities and systemic inequities, locally, regionally, and/or (inter)nationally.

POV = Discipline-based courses approved for the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability. See also the POV website.

RAS = Courses approved for the Program in Russian Area Studies. See also the RAS website.

WGS = Courses approved for the Program in Women's and Gender Studies. See also the WGS website. (through Spring 2016)

WGSS = Courses approved for the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. See also the WGSS website. (beginning Fall 2016)

Law School course types:

LAWC = Clinics/Externships. Third-year students only.

LAWP = Practicum courses. Third-year students only.

LAWS = Seminar courses. These courses will satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. (Only one seminar may be taken per semester.)