General Education Requirements
A minimum of 120 hours is required for all bachelors degrees awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates for all bachelors degrees must complete the requirements of the general education curriculum, which encompasses four major areas of study:
- Written Composition
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
The student should work with an academic advisor to plan his or her course of study in each of these four areas of the general education curriculum. The courses should be planned with an emphasis placed on continuity of information and compatibility with the student’s major field(s) of study.
The following section lists the specific general education requirements for each of these four areas. The requirements described below apply to all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees awarded in the College. The general education requirements that apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degrees are described in those sections of the Bulletin: Departments of Visual Arts (B.F.A.), Dramatic Arts (B.F.A.), Music (B.M.), Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (B.S.W.)
|College of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements|
|Area I. Written Composition (6 HRS)|
|The written composition component of the general education curriculum is based upon
the fundamental literacy in written English. The basic skills for this component are
competence in university-level English composition, which includes writing well-organized,
effective essays and research papers.
EH 101 EH 102 or EH 105H
Students may exempt the EH 101 requirement with an enhanced ACT English score of 27 or above; SAT score of 550 or above on the verbal portion. Students scoring a minimum of 50 on the CLEP English Examination may satisfy the EH 101 and EH 102 requirement. A score of 4 or higher in the Advanced Placement Program may satisfy the EH 101 requirement.
NOTE: Credits earned in the Department of English as a Second Language or Developmental Studies will not be acceptable toward meeting writing competency requirements.
All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.
|Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (Total of 21 HRS)|
The Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts requirements have five components listed below as A, B, C, D and E. The oral communication component addresses the development of skills in the oral communication of English. The Foreign Language component emphasizes an introductory level of proficiency in a foreign language. The Fine and Performing Arts component of the general education curriculum addresses the creative and aesthetic needs of individuals, helping them to achieve an appreciation of art, music, and the dramatic arts.
The Literature component of the general education curriculum focuses on American, British, and World Literature. The Humanities component of the general education curriculum focuses on the fundamental ideas, philosophy, and values of civilization. Humanities disciplines include African-American Studies, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Philosophy.
|Area III. The Natural Sciences and Mathematics (14 HRS)|
The natural sciences, mathematical, and statistical component of the general education curriculum focuses on the experience of science as a rational search for understanding the natural world, and the appreciation of mathematics and statistics as valuable tools for everyday life and as intrinsically important ways of thinking.
|IV. History, Social & Behavioral Sciences* (12 HRS)|
This component of the general education curriculum focuses upon developing an appreciation of the study of human behavior and its consequences, including the structure and functioning of institutions and the history of cultures. Disciplines include Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. No more than six hours in any one discipline.