General Education Requirements

General Education

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies general education curriculum provides students with the foundation of interdisciplinary knowledge, breadth, methods and the approaches necessary for successful liberal and professional education. General education courses approved for credit expose students to ways of knowing and fundamental ideas spanning the humanities, natural science and social science. These courses also provide explicit instruction in critical analytical skills and thought and its communication in writing and speech.

Students take a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • 9.00 credit course in either the humanities or social science categories from the approved list of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies general education courses
  • 6.00 credit course on the other side of the humanities and social science category divide from the approved list of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies general education courses

Guidelines for General Education Courses

All LA&PS students will be required to take a minimum of 21 general education credits from the approved list of LA&PS general education courses.

It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete (pass) their first general education course within the first 24 credits and all general education courses within the first 48 credits.

All general education courses are offered at the 1000 level.

All approved general education courses may count for general education credits; some may count for major credits; none may count as both.

A maximum of 36 credits in general education will count towards the degree. Students who are required to exceed the 36 credit maximum because of program/degree requirements must obtain permission.

General education courses may be offered by any school or department in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Please refer to the listing of approved general education courses for liberal arts & professional studies.

Note: All approved LA&PS general education courses will be added to the university repository with the following language added to their course descriptions “Note: This course has been approved in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for general education credit.”