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:

  1. Written Composition
  2. Humanities and Fine Arts
  3. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  4. 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. 

  1. Oral Communication (3 HRS)
    CA 110

  2. Foreign Language (6 HRS) One-year sequence; select from any one group:
    LG 101 and LG 102
    LGS 106 and LGS 107
    LG 111 and LG 112 or proficiency test or LG 113
    LGS 121 and LGS 122
    LG 131 and LG 132 or proficiency test or LG 134
    LGS 141 and LGS 142
    LG 151 and LG 152 or proficiency test or LG 153
    LG 171 and LG 172 or LG 173

    Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency test offered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the level equivalent to the second semester of the foreign language sequence, or by passing another test (e.g., AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at the equivalent level). Students who pass a proficiency test at the level equivalent to first semester of the foreign language sequence are required to complete only the second semester and will fulfill the foreign language requirement with 3 credit hours of course work.

    No more than 6 hours in any one discipline; this applies to sections C, D, and E. C.

  3. Fine and Performing Arts Component (3 HRS)
    ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. Literature Component (3 HRS)
    EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

    Students must complete a six semester hour sequence either in literature or in history. Note that some majors specify the sequence, and the requirements of the major should be referred to before deciding upon either a literature or history sequence. The literature sequences are: EH 215 and EH 216 or EH 225 and EH 226 or EH 235 and EH 236.

  5. Humanities and Fine Arts Component (6 HRS)
    AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, ARS 121, ARS 123, ARS 124, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 211, LG 212, LG 231, LG 232, LG 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 221, LGS 222, LGS 241, LGS 242, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240.
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.

  1. Mathematics
    Select one course:
    MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. Natural Sciences
    Complete either option A or option B below:

    Option A: Complete 3 courses with labs.
    AN 210, BLY 101 or BLY 121, BLY 102 or BLY 122, CH 101, CH 103, CH 131 or CH 132, GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, GY 112, PH 101, PH 104, PH 114 or PH 201,PH 115 or PH 202

    BLY 121 and BLY 122 are restricted to Arts and Sciences science majors, Allied Health science majors, Engineering majors, and Computer Science majors.

    Option B: Complete 2 courses from list above and ST 210 or a math course above MA 112 except MA 201 and MA 202
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.

  1. History Component (3 HRS)
    HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

    Students must complete a six semester hour sequence either in literature or in history. Note that some majors specify the sequence, and the requirements of the major should be referred to before deciding upon either a literature or history sequence. The history sequences are: HY 101 and HY 102 or HY 135 and HY 136.

  2. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences Component (9 HRS)
    AIS 201, AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 121, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112