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Admissions

Forester Fundamental Curriculum (FFC)

All students must successfully complete the Forester Fundamental Curriculum as a requirement for graduation. The requirements are designed to ensure that all students achieve specific college-wide learning goals. For a full description of our Forester Fundamental Curriculum, please visit the FFC website.

The FFC consists of six main requirements:

1. First Year Studies/First Year Writing

These courses have as their principal aim the development of basic skills in writing, critical reading, analysis, and oral communication. The First Year Studies course is waived for all transfer students coming in with 7.0 or more Lake Forest credits (27.0 or more semester hours). A First Year Writing course may be required for students with fewer than 7.0 credits and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

2. Distribution Requirement

Students must complete one course in each of the five areas listed below. Each course must come from a different department or interdisciplinary area (i.e. the requirement must be fulfilled with five courses with five different course prefixes).

Distribution Requirement
Course Examples
Creative and Performing Arts (C/PA) Drawing I, Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Jazz Ensemble, Principles of Acting
Humanities (HUM) Art History I, Beginning Chinese, Introduction to Poetry, History of the Middle Ages
Natural Sciences (NS) General College Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Geology, College Physics
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Calculus, Statistics, General Education Mathematics, Introduction to Programming, Computer Science I
Social Sciences (SS) Introduction to Anthropology, Principles of Microeconomics, American Government, Adolescent Psychology

3. Cultural Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one course in each of the two areas listed below. US Domestic Pluralism courses examine diversity issues within the United States, while Global Perspectives courses study diversity and cultures of other nations and regions. Foreign Language courses at the Intermediate level or above can qualify as Global Perspectives courses.

Cultural Diversity Requirement
Course Examples
US Domestic Pluralism (DP) Multicultural Literature in the US, History of Native Americans, Introduction to Gender Studies, Introduction to African-American Studies
Global Perspectives (GP) Cultural Anthropology, Non-Western Art, Intermediate French, History of Latin America, Eastern Philosophies

4. Skills Requirement

Students must complete at least one course in each of the three component areas. Foreign Language courses may qualify as a Speaking-Intensive course if the course content is focused on the spoken language.

Skills Requirement
Course Examples
Writing-Intensive (W) English Composition II, Creative Writing, Introduction to Screenwriting, Advanced Composition
Speaking-Intensive (S) Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Argumentation and Debate, Conversational German
Technology-Intensive (T) I Introduction to Programming Concepts, Computer Science I, Introduction to Video Production, Geographic Information Systems I

5. Experiential Learning Requirement

The goal of this requirement is to ensure that students integrate their traditional classroom learning with experientially-based work. By connecting theory and practice, students develop new skills and extend their knowledge and training to unfamiliar tasks and situations beyond the classroom environment. Experiential Learning activities include approved off-campus study programs, for-credit internships, senior theses, and independent research. In general, this requirement cannot be fulfilled with transfer credit.

6. Senior Studies Requirement

A senior studies course, also known as a senior “capstone,” is a culminating experience in the student’s major. The course emphasizes writing and speaking and encourages integration of the methods and content explored in the major. This requirement cannot be fulfilled with transfer credit.