AXLE (Achieving eXcellence in Liberal Education)
The AXLE curriculum consists of three parts: the Writing Requirement, the Liberal Arts Requirement, and the Major. AP credit cannot be used to fulfill AXLE curriculum requirements outside of the Major.
The Writing Requirement has four segments: demonstration of basic skills in English Composition, completion of a first-year writing seminar in the first year, completion of a 100-level W course no later than the fourth semester in residence, and completion of either a second 100-level W course or a 200-level W (discipline-specific) course or an approved course in Oral Communications at Vanderbilt University as a graduation requirement. Only W courses offered in the College of Arts and Science or in Music Literature (MUSL) may count in fulfillment of the Writing Requirement.
The Liberal Arts Requirement is composed of a total of thirteen courses taken at Vanderbilt, and distributed across six areas of inquiry. The First Year Writing Seminar and all 100-level and 200-level W courses and all Oral Communications courses are also counted in the thirteen-course Liberal Arts Requirement.
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