AXLE is the acronym for Achieving Excellence in Liberal Education. It is the core curriculum that all students in the College of Arts and Science must fulfill. The AXLE curriculum is flexible, very user-friendly, and consists of two parts: the Writing Requirement and the Liberal Arts Requirement.
The Writing Requirement has four segments: demonstration of basic skills in English Composition; a First-Year Writing Seminar; completion of a 100-level (introductory) writing course no later than the fourth semester in residence; and completion of either a second 100-level writing course or a 200-level writing (discipline-specific or major-oriented) course or an approved course in oral communications. Only W courses offered in the College of Arts and Science or in Music Literature (MUSL) through the Blair School of Music 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, all 100-level and 200-level W courses, and all approved oral communications courses are counted in the thirteen-course Liberal Arts Requirement.
All students must also complete requirements for at least one major (between 27 and 48 hours of course work) and earn a minimum of 120 hours to graduate.
Total Credit Hours: 120