CLAS General Education Curriculum

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Curriculum (CLAS GEC) 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 satisfy both general education requirements as well as major or minor requirements when expressly permitted.

For students entering CLAS in Fall 2018, click here.

For students who entered CLAS in Fall 2017, click here.

For students who entered CLAS prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semesterclick here for curricular requirements.


General Education Curriculum for students entering in Fall 2018:

I. ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES:
Reading and Writing: 16-9
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 any 3- or 4-credit course offered by the Mathematics Department
Foreign Language Proficiency: 36
Select two Chinese courses:
Chinese I
Chinese II
Chinese III
Chinese IV
OR select two French courses:
French I
French II
French III
French IV
OR select two Spanish courses:
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Oral Communication:3
Speech Communication
II. DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES
Scientific Perspectives: 24-6
To fulfill the Scientific Perspectives requirement, students may take either a lecture/lab combination (4 credits) or two 3-credit non-lab courses (6 credits).
A. Lecture/Lab Combination Courses
Chemistry in the Kitchen
and Chemistry in the Kitchen Lab
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
and Introduction to Environmental Sciences Lab
Future of Natural Resources
and Future of Natural Resources Lab
Oceanography
and Introductory Oceanography Lab
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
and Intro to Sustainability Lab
B. 3-Credit Non-Lab Courses
Life Science
Life Science: Brain and Behavior
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology
Oceanography
The Science of Mental Illness
Social Perspectives:6
Select two of the following. The two courses selected in this category cannot be from the same academic department.
Honors Seminar: Guilty and Innocent
Children and the Media
Communication, Culture and Media
Introduction to American Politics
Understanding Politics
Psychology:The Science of Well-being
Sport Psychology
Sociological Imagination
Historical Perspectives:6
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Aesthetic Perspectives:6
Select two of the following, one course in Fine Arts and one course in Literature.
A. Fine Arts
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
Theater Appreciation
B. Literature
Honors Seminar: Love and Chivalry in the Arthurian Tradition
Honors Seminar: Guilty and Innocent
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 the Environment
Literature and Violence
Literature & Society
Literature and Psychology
Crime and Literature
Science Fiction
Black American Lit
Multi-Ethnic Literature in America
Women In Literature
Major Poets
The Short Story
Human Relationships in Literature (HONORS)
The Hispanic Short Story: Transatlantic Connections
Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction
Philosophical Perspectives:3
Plato and Aristotle
Philosophical Thinking
Logic and Language
Ethics
American Philosophy
Philosophies of Education
Political Philosophy
Social Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Symbolic Logic
Environmental Ethics
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of the Sexes
III. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES3-4
Select one course that emphasizes an international, global, and/or non-U.S. cultural perspective and follows the Global Perspective (GP) designation.
Honors Seminar: Guilty and Innocent
Future of Natural Resources
Global Film History: Origins to 1960
Global Film History: Origins to 1960
Global Film History: 1961 to Present
Global Film History: 1961 to Present
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Imperial Russia
Modern Russia
20th-Century Europe
The Era of World War II
Nazi Germany & Hitler's Europe
Ottoman Empire and the Balkans
History of Socialism
Oceanography
Philosophical Thinking
Asian Philosophy
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
Total Credits46-53

General Education Curriculum for students who entered in Fall 2017:

Fall 2017 General Education 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
Intro to College Chemistry
Chem and Contemporary Society
Earth Systems Science
Environmental Geology
Mesozoic Ruling Reptiles
Oceanography
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
Astronomy
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
History6
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Humanities9
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
Literature
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 the Environment
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
Tolstoy
Dostoevsky
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
Philosophy3
Select one of the following:
Any course in the Philosophy (PHL) department
Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Total Credits48-52