Course Numbering System

The course identification code at the College consists of a three-letter prefix, a three-digit number, and, in some cases, a one-letter suffix.

Course Prefixes

LAS Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences
DAN Department of Dance
MUS Department of Music
SPD Department of Stage Production and Design
CLC Chinese Language and Culture (offered by the LAS Department)

First Digit

0xx Remedial courses
1xx Typically designed for freshmen but open to others
2xx Typically designed for sophomores but open to others
3xx Typically designed for juniors but open to others
4xx Typically designed for seniors
5xx Typically designed for first-year graduate students
6xx Typically designed for second-year graduate students

Middle Digit

x0x, x1x, etc.: Different areas of study or sub-disciplines (see details in the Middle Digit sections below)

Third Digit

xx1, xx2: Different courses in the same areas of study or sub-disciplines

Course Suffixes

xxxA, xxxB: Different parts of a course sequence
xxxR: Courses that may be repeated for additional credit
xxx-W: Western instrument courses
xxx-C: Chinese instrument courses
xxx-V: Vocal courses
xxx-I: Instrument courses

 

Middle Digit in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS): xMx

M = 0 Language, writing, public speaking
M = 1 Literature, religion, philosophy, civilization, general arts
M = 2 Computer science, information science, management
M = 3 Social sciences, global affairs, humanities
M = 4 Life and physical sciences, mathematics
M = 5 Independent study, research projects
M = 6 Seminars
M = 7 Media, visual arts, theater technologies
M = 8 Foreign languages

Middle Digit in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC): xMx

M = 0 Chinese language, non-heritage track
M = 1 Chinese language, heritage learners track
M = 2 Chinese language, advanced courses
M = 3 Literature, religion, philosophy, civilization
M = 4 Linguistics, science, translation
M = 5 Independent study, research projects
M = 6 Seminars
M = 7 Media, visual arts, theater technologies
M = 8 Study abroad

Middle Digit in Dance (DAN): xMx

M = 0 Basic knowledge, artistry, techniques in dance
M = 1 Concepts, theories, pedagogy, choreography, notation
M = 2 Rehearsal techniques, repertory, body conditioning
M = 3 Stagecraft, technology, production, professional issues
M = 4 Dance history, culture, society
M = 5 Independent study, projects, practicum
M = 6 Seminars
M = 7 Internships, co-ops
M = 8 Management, arts administration

Middle Digit in Music (MUS): xMx

M = 0 Musicianship
M = 1 Music theory
M = 2 Applied music, instruments
M = 3 Music technology, management
M = 4 Music history, culture, literature
M = 5 Independent study, projects, practicum
M = 6 Seminars
M = 7 Internships, co-ops

Middle Digit in Stage Production and Design (SPD): xMx

M = 0 Topics fundamental to the major
M = 1 Important theories for the major
M = 2 Applied or practical skills for the major
M = 3 Professional knowledge
M = 4 Broad background or knowledge
M = 5 Independent studies, projects, practicum
M = 6 Seminars
M = 7 Internships, co-ops