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Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Degree Requirements

Students are urged to pay special attention to both the selection of and scholastic emphasis on the courses within the liberal arts and sciences general education degree requirements. These courses are designed to provide the students with a solid foundation for further study and an essential part of the undergraduate’s education.

For all undergraduate degrees, the total number of credit hours must include the following requirements.  A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for graduation.

ENGLISH

  • ENGL 110 (4 credit hours) is required unless credit is awarded for AP, IB and/or Transfer English credit.  A degree candidate must enroll in ENGL 110 in the first year and each subsequent semester until the English requirement has been fulfilled.

If you have been awarded Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Transfer (TR) English credit, please use the following guidelines when choosing your general education English course(s):

  • Students with credit for English 101 & 102 (6 credit hours) satisfy the general education requirement for English.
  • Students with English 101 credit (3 credit hours) must complete English 110 (4 credit hours) or 215 (3 credit hours). 
  • Students with English 102 credit (3 credit hours) must complete English 110 (4 credit hours) or 215 (3 credit hours).
HISTORY
  • Complete one course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the history requirement (6 credit hours). 
  • The two courses do not have to be taken from the same department or in sequence. 
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please consult your degree audit or visit:  History Course List (PDF)

NATURAL SCIENCE

  • Complete 8 credit hours of an introductory or higher sequence (of which 2 credit hours must be earned in the accompanying laboratories) from one of the following: Astronomy (ASTR), Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS)   
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please consult your degree audit or visit: Natural Science Course List (PDF)  

MATHEMATICS/LOGIC

  • Complete 6 credit hours of approved courses in mathematics or logic, in any combination.
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please consult your degree audit or visit: Mathematics/Logic Course List (PDF)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

  • Satisfactory completion of the 202-level or its equivalent or demonstration of proficiency at that level from one of the following:  Arabic (ARBC), Chinese (CHNS), French (FREN), Ancient Greek (GREK), German (GRMN), Hebrew (HBRW), Hindi (HNDI), Italian (ITAL), Japanese (JPNS), Latin (LATN), Portuguese (PORT), Russian (RUSS), or Spanish (SPAN). 
  • Native speakers of languages other than English may be exempt from further language study. Contact the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs for more information.
  • Course level depends on placement.  If you are beginning a new language, start with the 101-level. 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Complete 6 credit hours from one or two of the approved social science areas. 
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please consult your degree audit or visit:  Social Sciences Course List  (PDF)

HUMANITIES

  • Complete 12 credit hours from the approved Humanities areas with no more than 6 credit hours in any one of the areas (except interdisciplinary HONS).
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please consult your degree audit or visit:  Humanities Course List (PDF)

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE

  • All entering students with less than one year of college experience are required to complete a First-Year Experience (First-Year Seminar (FYSM), a Learning Community (LC), or an Honors College First-Year Experience course) within their first three consecutive academic terms.
  • For students entering in the Fall semester, the consecutive terms include Fall, Spring and Summer.  For students entering in the Spring semester, the consecutive terms include Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • For a complete listing of approved courses, please visit:  fye.cofc.edu

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