Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.

How to Use This Catalog

In this section, you will find information about the academic programs at St. Olaf College. For further information about an academic program, consult the St. Olaf website, using the URL address at the top of each listing, or go to and use the site map or search functions.

In addition to information about faculty specialties, intended learning outcomes, program requirements, special resources, and recommendations for graduate study, you will find descriptions of the courses offered by each program. In the course description, you will find:

  • a brief summary of course content.
  • the prerequisites for the course.
  • the frequency with which the course is offered.
  • information on the years in which Interim courses are offered, where known.

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.


New students should begin planning their academic program by consulting the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 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.


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.