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General Education Elective Information

Approved General Education Courses

Gen Ed Electives Residential 2024 2025 (pdf)
Gen Ed Electives LUO 2024 2025 (pdf)

The general education component is tailored to the individual degree program by drawing from the university’s approved general education course options. The institution requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that:

  • is based on a coherent rationale
  • ensures breadth of knowledge
  • is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree

For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent. For baccalaureate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours must include at least one course from each of the following areas:

  • Humanities/fine arts (HFA)
  • Social/behavioral sciences (SBS)
  • Natural science/mathematics (NSM)

The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. The institution provides a written justification and rationale for course equivalency.

Approved Gen Ed Electives from Previous Years

Principles for Approval of General Education Courses

  • Required general education courses must be general
    • General education courses must be open to students of all majors, without heavy loads of prerequisite requirements.
    • Courses must not be reducible to a narrow or focused skill (e.g., guitar lessons cannot substitute for music appreciation).
    • Courses must contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs/careers.
  • General education courses contribute to the university’s plan to ensure that students satisfy certain foundational skills.

In the event that a 300- or 400-level course is required to fulfill a requirement as a general education course, it must not be considered part of any major/program requirements (directed electives are acceptable).

How to Register for General Education Courses

For residential and online students, see our Course Registration page to get started.

Be sure to review your degree completion plan before registering to ensure that you are meeting the general education requirements.

If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact our residential professional advisors and online academic advisors for guidance.

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