General Education Requirements

Through the GERs, students choose from courses throughout Arts & Sciences to explore seven different areas of knowledge – a range and breadth that’s fundamental to the liberal arts education:

  1. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Natural Sciences (physical and biological)
  3. Social Sciences
  4. World Cultures and History (in the European tradition, outside the European tradition, and cross-cultural issues)
  5. Literature and History of the Arts
  6. Creative and Performing Arts
  7. Philosophical, Religious, and Social Thought

Designated GER courses in these areas are designed to help you cultivate self-examination, critical judgment, creative imagination, and moral autonomy. You’ll also learn how to draw on different ways of thinking about and approaching problem-solving.

There’s a lot of flexibility in how you choose to mix and match your GERs. This is a good chance to stretch your comfort zone and experience academic fields you’re less familiar with. Or explore what you know you like from a different perspective or methodology. Sometimes students awaken to a whole new passion for an area they hadn’t considered before.

Remember that our Academic Advising staff and resources are available to help you chart your course, and so is your faculty advisor.

  • To see a current list of GER courses, you can visit the Registrar’s Office website and enter an academic semester, then scroll down to Session: Attribute Type and select one of the GE designations.