Required Non-Business Courses

The Questrom School of Business aims for each student to acquire both a solid liberal arts foundation and training in the field of business. This aim is consistent with the expressed needs of potential employers of business students. A well-balanced education is especially important to students who recognize that today’s cutting-edge ideas in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are the basis for tomorrow’s cutting-edge ideas in business. It is also important as a foundation for graduate training in business, law, and other professional fields.

Please note: Course material covered in a previous course cannot be duplicated in any other course for academic credit. Liberal arts electives taken in Metropolitan College must be preapproved by the Questrom Undergraduate Program office.

Liberal Arts Foundation

The liberal arts foundation for Questrom students consists of 11 courses. The following four courses are required:

  • CAS EC 101
  • CAS EC 102
  • CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123
  • CAS WR 100

(Please note that students who entered Questrom prior to September 2013 are also required to complete CAS WR 150.)

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements

Each student must complete three liberal arts distribution requirements, one from each of the following three categories:

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • African American Studies (CAS AA 103, 304, 316, 501, 502, 504, 507, 510, 537, 538, and 571 only)
  • American Studies (CAS AM 200, 250, 301, 367, and 502 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 100, 202, 208, 222, 230, 232, 240, 251, 310, 330, 331, 335, 480, 530, and 532 only)
  • History of Art & Architecture (except AH 150)
  • Cinema & Media Studies (includes cross-listed COM courses FT 250, 303, 401, 404, 458, 533, 535, 544, 549, 554, 560)
  • Classical Studies (ancient Greek courses beyond CAS CL 262, modern Greek courses beyond CAS CG 212, Latin courses beyond CAS CL 212, all classical civilization courses)
  • English (literature courses only; CAS EN 120 and 220 will not fulfill this requirement)
  • Humanities (CAS CC 101, 102, 201, 202, and HU 221)
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages & Comparative Literature (literature and civilization courses only)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Romance Studies (literature and civilization courses only)
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CAS WS 114, 305, 340, 344, and 346 only)

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • African American Studies (CAS AA 207, 310, 326, 355, 363, 371, 385, 395, 396, 408, 489, 490, 505, 514, 559, 563, 564, 569, 580, 583, 586, 588, and 590 only)
  • American Studies (CAS AM 546 and 553 only)
  • Anthropology (CAS AN 101, 103, 210, 220, 240, 243, 250, 252, 260, 280, 285, 290, 307, 308, 309, 310, 312, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 326, 337, 340, 341, 344, 345, 347, 350, 351, 355, 360, 362, 368, 371, 372, 375, 379, 382, 384, 461, 462, 505, 515, 520, 521, 524, 525, 532, 538, 541, 543, 548, 549, 568, 570, 585, 590, 593, 594, and 596 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 101, 200, 201, 205, 210, 215, 221, 240, 250, 251, 252, 261, 262, 270, 273, 280, 283, 290, 341, 343, 345, 347, 351, 352, 370, 371, 375, 404, 450, 507, 510, 511, 513, 551, 556, 560, and 570 only)
  • Economics (except CAS EC 101, 102, 111, 112, 203, 204, 303, 305, and 497)
  • Earth & Environment (CAS GE 100, 102, 103, 150, 201, 202, 226, 250, 300, 304, 309, 330, 331, 356, 381, 382, 394, 420, 425, 460, 519, 520, 521, 536, 541, 542, 550, 555, 560, 594, 597, and 599 only)
  • History (except CAS HI 100 and 150)
  • International Relations
  • Neuroscience (CAS NE 202, 234, 322, 323, 333, 337, 338, 340, 528, 530, and 544 only)
  • Political Science
  • Psychological & Brain Sciences (except CAS PS 211)
  • Social Sciences (CAS CC 203 and 204)
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CAS WS 113, 213, 241, 310, 342, 348, 350, and 360 only)

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • Anthropology (CAS AN 102, 263, 331, 333, 334, 335, 336, 338, 534, 550, 551, 552, 554, 556, 595, 597, and 598 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 102, 206, 307, 380, 381, 400, 503, 505, 506, 509, 512, and 515 only)
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive & Neural Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Environment (all CAS ES courses plus CAS GE 101, 104, 110, 275, 302, 307, 310, 365, 440, 445, 448, 450, 456, 483, 502, 503, 504, 505, 507, 510, 512, 514, 516, 517, 525, 530, and 533 only)
  • Mathematics (except MA 107, 108, 113, 115, 116, 118, 121, 123, 142, 213, and 214)
  • Natural Sciences (CAS CC 105, 106, and 111)
  • Neuroscience (CAS NE 101, 102, 203, 204, 230, 330, 360, 444, 445, 449, 455, 481, 520, 525, 535, 545, and 554 only)
  • Physics

Liberal Arts Electives

In addition to the distribution of the three liberal arts distribution requirements, each student must choose any four liberal arts electives as listed under College of Arts & Sciences section of the Bulletin.

Students should note the following exceptions:

  • Students should not duplicate any credit they’ve received elsewhere, such as transfer credit, AP credit, or equivalent credit from another school.
  • Students should pay close attention to the restrictions described for English, economics, and mathematics courses under the College of Arts & Sciences section of the Bulletin.
  • Students should not take CAS statistics courses (MA 113, MA 115, MA 116, MA 214, EC 203, EC 204, EC 305, PS 211) because the material in these courses is covered in QST QM 221 (formerly SM 221) and QM 222 (formerly SM 222).
  • Students should not take courses at a lower level than that for which they’ve already received credit (e.g., taking LF 112 [French 2] after completing LF 211 [French 3]).

Non-Business Elective

The non-business elective is any course (at least 4 credits) taken at any school or college within the University except the Questrom School of Business. Physical education (PDP), ROTC, musical group/class, and all-University musical organizations credits cannot be counted toward this requirement.

Students Entering Questrom in Fall 2013 and Beyond

Students under this curriculum complete one non-business elective.

Usually, students who entered Questrom as freshmen completed two non-management electives, and transfer students (both intra-University and external transfer students) completed three non-management electives (this is because they took SM 299, which was a one-semester intensive version of the two-semester course freshmen took). Of note, students who entered Questrom prior to September 2011 and who transferred in courses from a university that grants other than 4 semester credits per course may need to take additional non-management electives to compensate for credit conversion. Such students should consult with an Undergraduate Program office academic advisor.

Free Electives

Students entering Questrom in September 2013 and beyond must complete 129 academic credits plus additional career management seminars taken each year they are enrolled in the School.

Effective for students who entered Questrom between September 2011 and January 2013, the free elective is no longer applicable. Rather than having to complete 33 courses (one being a free elective), students instead must complete 136.5 credits (if they began in Questrom as freshmen and completed QST SM 121 and 122) or 134.5 credits (if they came to Questrom after their freshman year and completed QST SM 299). All other degree requirements and elective categories described above apply to students entering in September 2011 and beyond.

Students who entered Questrom prior to September 2011 must take one free elective to complete the requirements of the degree. The free elective is a 4-credit academic course taken for a proper letter grade (that is, not Pass/Fail or audit) in any of the schools and colleges within the University, including Questrom. Students should be aware that the same restrictions concerning course repetition and sequencing—along with the exclusion of PDP, ROTC, and certain CFA courses—that apply to liberal arts and non-management electives (described above) also apply to the free elective.

Business Electives

Four Questrom electives must be completed in residence or through a Management Internship Program while studying abroad. Questrom electives are any courses offered by the Questrom School of Business that are not one of the required courses. These electives make up a concentration as detailed in the previous section. Only courses with the QST prefix will be accepted toward fulfillment of this requirement.