The General Education component of undergraduate degrees provides the student with a basic understanding of a broad range of subjects. This supports the liberal arts emphasis of the University’s academic mission.
The goals of the General Education component include the making of a well-informed individual and exposing the undecided student with a potential academic and career choice.
Some General Education courses have prerequisites. Some courses have a minimum grade requirement before the next course can be taken. A prescribed sequence of certain courses exists to better serve students as they progress through their academic careers. The student’s academic advisor will help the student make appropriate choices when scheduling courses.
Many programs of study (areas, majors, and minors) require General Education courses as prerequisites or as core courses. Students should determine if this is the case with the desired program of study and choose General Education courses accordingly.
A course listed in both the General Education component and in the area, major, or minor core will satisfy both requirements. Note that this is true for the core only. Such a course will not satisfy both General Education and a program’s prerequisite requirements. When a course meets two requirements (i.e. General Education and the Major), its hours count only once in the total hours earned that apply toward those needed for graduation. Students should monitor this and plan to take additional courses to ensure the minimum total hours required for graduation is met.