Graduation Requirements

All students must fulfill distribution, faculty, physical education, and Davidson 101 requirements in addition to the requirements of their major to graduate.

Distribution Requirements

All students must complete eight courses from seven different departments/programs to fulfill the college's distribution requirements. In these courses students will examine complex problems through diverse methods of inquiry, understand how different kinds of knowledge are generated, and identify appropriate standards for evaluating knowledge in different realms. For convenience, we have compiled a spreadsheet of current courses (XLS) that fulfill the college's graduation requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements

The faculty supplements the distribution system with additional requirements in cultural diversity, foreign language, and writing.

Physical Education Requirement

Recognizing the importance of your personal wellness and physical fitness, Davidson requires participation in the physical education program. The courses offered are designed to instruct you in various lifetime leisure/recreational activities that will provide you with a foundation for a healthy, physically active lifestyle. All students, including transfers, must complete the physical education requirement.

Davidson 101

Davidson 101 provides new students with the facts and skills necessary for safe and healthy lives at Davidson. The course also introduces essential principles and skills for balanced and successful lives beyond the college community including career decision-making, interpersonal relationships, and healthy lifestyles. DAV101 must be completed in the first semester of the first year at Davidson.