GE Category Definitions - effective Fall 2013

The General Education Program provides the core of what it means to be a well educated university graduate. The goal is to promote human excellence through a broad foundation of skills and knowledge required to realize a meaningful personal, professional, and civic life. The General Education Program is intended to enable students to contribute to and live responsibly in a diverse, interconnected, and technologically sophisticated global community.

In accordance with the general education program, general education courses should be accessible to a broad audience and should further the goal of providing a well-rounded education regardless of career aspirations or program of study. 

In this spirit, academic programs should provide flexibility for students to select from the General Education course array and limit the use of prescribed General Education courses within an academic degree plan.


General Education Credit Distribution

Communication Skills

9 credits




Composition 1 or
Freshman English - Honors I

Composition 2 or
Freshman English - Honors II or
Honors Seminar I

Fundamentals of Speech




Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences

10 credits

Courses must be from the areas of analytic reasoning and natural sciences. At least one mathematics or statistics course and a natural science course with a lab are required.


Arts and Humanities

6 credits

Courses must be from two or more areas including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, and philosophy.


Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 credits

Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.


Cross-disciplinary (formerly Contemporary) Issues

3 credits

Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.


Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning

3 credits

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses, which includes health, health education, and athletics.



3 credits

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.


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