General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

The general education curriculum for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the opportunity for exploration across a broad array of disciplinary offerings. Balancing structure with choice, students will examine the complex worlds in which they live from a variety of perspectives. Courses may be taken to satisfy both general education requirements as well as major or minor requirements when expressly permitted.

For students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semester, please click here for curricular requirements.

Essential Competencies:
Reading and Writing:6-9
Intro to Expository Writing 1
Expository Writing
Honors Seminar: Great Ideas I
Select one of the following:
Research Writing
Honors Seminar: Great Ideas II
Literature and Composition
Mathematical Reasoning: 23-4
Select one of the following:
Finite Mathematics
Algebra and Trigonometry
Foreign Language Proficiency: 36
Chinese I
and Chinese II
French I
and French II
German I
and German II
Spanish I
and Spanish II
Oral Communication:
COM 104Speech Communication3
Science 26
Select two of the following:
Life Science: Brain and Behavior
Life Science:Human Emphasis
Life Science:Genetics Emphasis
Life Science: Ecobotanical Emphasis
Life Science and Society
Life Science:Human Disease
Life Science: Biology of Human Aging
From the Big Bang to Origins of Life
Intro to College Chemistry
Chem and Contemporary Society
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology (also cross listed as GLS-113)
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Subtropical Environments
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Boreal Environments
Introduction to Field Marine Science: Tropical Environments
Science of Light and Color
Energy, the Environment & Man
Introduction to Psychology
Social Science6
Select two of the following:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Communication, Culture and Media
Introduction to American Politics
Understanding Politics
Sociological Imagination
Cultural Anthropology
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Select one course in the fine arts, one course in literature, and one course in philosophy from the following:
Fine Arts
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Art and Society
Survey of Music History I
Survey of Music History II
Music and Society
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
Theater Appreciation
Arts in Contemporary Civilization
Understanding Literature
Arthurian Legends in Literature
Major American Authors
Major British Authors
Literature and Mythology
Monsters in Literature
Satire and Comedy
Introduction To Shakespeare
Literature and Violence
Literature & Society
Literature and Psychology
Science Fiction
Black American Lit
Multi-Ethnic Literature in America
Women In Literature
Major Poets
Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature
The Short Story
Human Relationships in Literature (HONORS)
Law, Literature, and Film in America
Masterworks of Western Literature I
Masterworks of Western Literature II
Russian Literature 988-1850
Russian Literature 1850-1917
20th Century Russian Literature
German Literature & Film in English Translation
The Folk Tale
Hispanic Literature & Film in English Translations
European Short Novel
The Bible As Literature
Any Literature course in Foreign Languages
Select one of the following:
Any course in the Philosophy (PHL) department
Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Total Credits48-52

 CMP 115 will be waived for students who attain a 550 or above on the EBRW section of the SAT, an ACT English score of 23 or above, or a score of 4 or above on the English Department placement test.


 Appropriate mathematics and science courses may be substituted if required by the major.


 Students who place at the 200-level or above are required to take a minimum of 3 credits at the level of placement. Students who are native speakers of other languages may have their requirement waived upon documentation of proficiency. To initiate a request for a waiver, students should see the chairperson of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.