Academic Departments and Programs

How to Use This Catalog

This section contains information about the academic departments and programs at St. Olaf College. For further information about an academic department or program, consult the site map or search function at the St. Olaf website or use the URL at the top of each catalog listing.

In addition to information about faculty specialties, intended learning outcomes, department and program requirements, special resources, and recommendations for graduate study, this catalog includes descriptions of the courses offered by each department and program. The course description contains:

  • a brief summary of course content.
  • the frequency with which the course is offered.
  • the prerequisites for the course.

The general education requirements satisfied by each course are not included, because they are subject to change. They may be found instead in the class and lab schedule for the appropriate year and term.

Planning the Academic Program

New students should begin planning their academic program by consulting The St. Olaf Curriculum, Graduation Requirements, and Degrees and Academic Regulations sections of this catalog. Returning students should examine their degree audits on the Student Information System (SIS) and familiarize themselves with the description of majors of interest.

General Education

Students should note the overview of St. Olaf’s General Education Program and consult the curricular advice of the Academic Regulations section. A key to the abbreviations of the general education attributes may be found there.