Common Course of Study (CCS) - Learn all about the CCS and how it can be used to inform your course selections during your 4 years at Lafaytte College.

Why is this important for course selection?

We want you to consider all of your academic options; however, some academic programs—particularly engineering and the natural sciences—are highly structured, with required foundational courses in the first year.

As a Lafayette College student you will have 4 years at the college to complete the common course of study. Do not stress yourself out about it too much, but you should take the time to understand the requirements as you decide on classes throughout your time at the college.

Make sure you fully understand your options so that you can make an informed decision about courses. Consult with a class dean, faculty department head, or a PARDner  if you have questions.

For students interested in the health professions, please review the course requirements.

The Common Course of Study Requirements

Common Course of Study Breakdown

First-Year Seminar, taken in the fall semester of the first year, is designed to introduce students to intellectual inquiry by engaging them as thinkers, speakers, and writers. We recommend that you choose topics of interest to you, regardless of your intended academic major. You will be asked to rank your first five preferences from the FYS course list.

Natural Sciences requirement, requires either: (1) two Natural Science with lab (NS) courses or, (2) one Natural Science w/lab and one Natural Science with (STSC).

Many 100-level NS courses are only open to first or second year students (Geology and Psychology courses for example). Also, students must take an NS course with lab as a prerequisite to enrolling in a course with a STSC designation. Therefore, first-year students are encouraged to consider registering for a course having a NS designation during their first year.

Quantitative reasoning requirement, one course in which students learn to use mathematical methods to solve problems, represent and interpret quantitative information, and critically analyze mathematical results (Q).

Most students will fulfill this requirement by taking an introductory course in mathematics. However, Economics 218, Psychology 203 and Advanced Placement credit for a course in mathematics also satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement.

In many majors, students are required to take one or more mathematics courses to complete the requirements of the major. If you are interested in, or think you might be interested in one of those majors, you should follow department recommendations to take a mathematics course appropriate to that major in your first semester.

Read Mathematics: Frequently Asked Questions

All entering students are required to complete a short online Mathematics Survey and the online Mathematics Placement Test A. Students considering calculus classes might also take the online Mathematics Placement Test B and Mathematics Placement Test C.

Read the full Mathematics Survey and Mathematics Placement Test instructions

A writing requirement, to be satisfied through the First-Year Seminar and three additional W-designated courses that use process writing methods with at least one course in the major and at least one course outside the major (W).

Global and multiculturalism, requiring the completion of two courses that examine the structure of identity, diversity, and differences in domestic and global contexts (GM1 and GM2).

Values requirement, to be satisfied by a course where students construct and evaluate answers to questions of moral and political concern (V).

Elementary proficiency in a second language requires the successful completion of a year of college-level study of a language or demonstration of equivalent proficiency. Students may be exempted via advanced placement credit (a score of 3 or better on an AP language exam) or other Lafayette-approved forms of standardized testing (a passing score on TOEFL for international students; score of 500 or above on the appropriate SAT 2 language test).

You can find out more about the Common Course of Study here.