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General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

I. GEC Category Requirements (36–37 total semester hours required)

Select courses as indicated from the following categories:

Category

S.H.

Humanities and Fine Arts

12

One course from Literature list (GLT)

3

One course from Fine Arts list (GFA)

3

One course from Philosophical/Religious/ Ethical Perspectives list (GPR)

3

One additional course from any of the above

3

 

Historical Perspectives (GHP)
One course from Historical Perspectives list

3

 

 

Natural Sciences (GNS)

6–7

  Two courses from Natural Science list as follows:

  • One must be a laboratory course.
  • Each must have a different departmental course prefix (e.g., AST, ATY, BIO, CHE, etc.).

 

 

 

Mathematics (GMT)
One course from Mathematics list

3

 

 

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)

6

  • ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101

3

  • One additional course from Reasoning and Discourse list

3

 

 

Social and Behavioral Science (GSB)
Two courses from Social and Behavioral Science list

6

 

II. GE Marker Requirements

Fulfill the following requirements:

One writing intensive course (indicated in the online Schedule of Courses by marker WI) in any discipline
[In addition to this GE Writing Intensive requirement, students must also complete a second Writing Intensive course within the major. The College of Arts and Sciences requires additional Writing Intensive courses]
One speaking intensive course (indicated in the online Schedule of Courses by marker SI) in any discipline
[In addition to this GE Speaking Intensive requirement, students must also complete a second Speaking Intensive course within the major.]

Four Global Perspectives courses (indicated in semester Schedule of Courses by markers GL or GN)

  • At least one of the Global Perspectives courses must carry the GN (non-Western course) marker
  • GL/GN courses may include a maximum of two courses in a foreign language (6 s.h.)
  • One GL/GN course requirement is waived for each semester completed in a credit-bearing Study Abroad experience, up to a maximum of two course waivers. A summer program abroad counts as a semester.
  • A foreign language course completed to meet an admission deficiency does not meet a GL or GN requirement.

Courses used to meet the core category requirements (#I above) also fulfill the marker requirements if the course carries the indicated marker in the online Schedule of Courses. Other marker courses are also available, including courses in the major. It is therefore possible to meet all GE Marker requirements while completing the courses under #I above and/or courses required for the major.

Waivers of Marker Courses for Transfer Students

For students who initially transfer to UNCG as juniors or seniors, SI and WI courses outside the major requirements and two GL/GN courses are waived. See Writing Intensive Courses for policies that govern WI requirements for students transferring to the College of Arts and Sciences.

III. Work toward Student Learning Goals outside the GEC

The General Education Core provides a foundation for progress toward the UNCG Student Learning Goals. These goals are then reinforced in the major and minor programs that students complete before graduation. In addition to the GEC and marker requirements described above, all bachelor’s degree programs require:

  • At least one additional writing intensive course (WI) in the major
  • At least one additional speaking intensive course (SI) in the major
  • Proficiency level in technology as required for the major
  • Proficiency level in information skills/research as required for the major

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.