Distribution requirement

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A distribution requirement is a means of getting students to take a certain number of elected classes within given areas. The Columbia College Core Curriculum, while stipulating that CC students take some specific classes, also contains a number of distribution requirements, such as the stipulation students take a class fulfilling the criteria for Major Cultures. Barnard's Nine Ways of Knowing curriculum includes one tailor-made course and an elaborate distribution requirement. Many college majors and graduate program curricula also stipulate distribution requirements for the awarding of credit.