Rationale and Requirement
For all courses offered FALL 2014 or later
Many policy debates, scientific discussions, political issues, and personal and organizational
decisions involve judgments about claims based upon quantitative evidence. To critically evaluate these claims, the individual must have basic familiarity with such concepts as counting, measurement, estimation, and data analysis. Equally important is the capacity to ask and answer questions in a manner appropriate to these quantitative tools and to understand when the use of quantitative tools is or is not appropriate. The purpose of the QT requirement is to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop such skills. Students should learn approaches to collecting, interpreting, and presenting information about the world based on numerical, logical, and statistical skills. These topics arise in a wide range of areas, and we invite faculty from a range of disciplines to teach courses that contribute to QT.
Students may take one or more courses with a Q3, Q2, or Q1 designation. A single Q3 course completely satisfies the requirement; alternatively, a Q2 course together with any other Q2 or Q1 course or three Q1 courses, can meet the requirement.
Q1 Fulfills the Quantitative Description goal, plus 1-2 other learning goals.
Q2 Fulfills the Quantitative Description goal, plus 3-4 other learning goals.
Q3 Fulfills the Quantitative Description goal, plus 5- 6 other learning goals.
Request for a Quantitative Thinking Designation for courses offered FALL 2014 or later
If you have questions, please contact Timothy Traffie, Registrar.