General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Undergraduate students must successfully complete the General Education requirements of the university, the school or college in which they are enrolled, and the specific requirements of their area of specialization. General Education at UMSL is comprised of 1000-2000 level courses that provide foundational knowledge in a broad range of subjects critical to the future success of our students. It is divided into two categories: General Education Core courses, which are applicable in all disciplines, and General Education Explore courses, which emphasize breadth of study. The General Education block for bachelor degrees includes 42 credit hours:

Core Areas: 15 hours
First-Year Writing 3
Math Proficiency 3
Communication Proficiency 3
Information Literacy 3
American History or Government 3
Explore Areas: 27 hours
Humanities and Fine Arts 9
Social Sciences 9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences 9

Additional Graduation Requirements:

Credit Hours

All candidates for baccalaureate degrees must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours. At least 45 of these hours must be courses numbered 2000 or above (or comparable courses transferred). Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average overall, as well as in their area of specialization. Students seeking two degrees must meet all degree and residency requirements of each degree.

Math and English Proficiency Requirement

Students who have not satisfied the Math and English proficiency requirement by the end of their first semester at UMSL will receive an advising hold and must meet with an Academic Advisor to register in these gateway courses in order for the hold to be removed.

Junior-Level Writing

Effective fall semester 1985, students must also complete ENGL 3100, Junior-Level Writing, or its equivalent, with a grade of C- or above.

Cultural Diversity Requirement

To expand cultural awareness, students in some academic units may be required to complete a course that emphasizes Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Pacific aboriginal, Native American, or a comparable culture. Courses that satisfy this requirement involve substantial material independent of the cultures' interactions with European cultures. If a course focuses on one facet of a culture, it must treat the topic within the context of the culture as a whole.

Language Requirement

Candidates for the B.A. degree are required to complete 13 credit hours or the equivalent in proficiency in one foreign language.

Academic Residence & Graduation

Students must be in residence for at least 24 of the last 30 hours of graded credit (exclusive of courses graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis), except under unusual circumstances, to be decided by the dean. Students are expected to file a degree application form with their respective dean's office at least one year before the expected graduation date. The dean's office makes a final check to determine that all graduation requirements have been met.

 

 

General Education Course Offerings

The following General Education course offerings are generally available in NOW formats each semester. Times and locations may vary for in-person courses. Contact the NOW office or search in MyView by semester for exact offerings.

First-Year Writing | Math Proficiency | Communication Proficiency | Information Literacy | American History or Government | Humanities and Fine Arts | Social Sciences | Math and Life/Natural Sciences | Junior-Level Writing | Cultural Diversity | Language Requirement for BA

 

First-Year Writing

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing 3
Online ENGL 1100 First-Year Writing 3

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Math Proficiency

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Night MATH 1030 College Algebra 3
Night MATH 1035 Trigonometry 2
Night MATH 1100 Basic Calculus 3
Online MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics 3

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Communication Proficiency

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication I 3
Night HONORS 2010 Inquiries in the Humanities 3
Online COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication I 3

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Information Literacy

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night CMPSCI 1250 Introduction to Computing 3
Online CRIMIN 2210 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
Online ED TECH 2230 Information Literacy 3
Online ENGL 2110 Information Literacy 3
Online HIST 2999 Introduction to Historical Inquiry 4
Online INFSYS 1800 Computers and Information Systems 3
Online MEDIA ST 1065 Internet Media 3

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American History or Government

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night POLSCI 1100 Introduction to American Politics 3
Online CRIMIN 1100 Intro to Criminology and Criminal Justice 3

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Humanities and Fine Arts

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night ART HS 1103 Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of Meso/South America 3
Night ART HS 2265 History of Photography 3
Night PHIL 1110 Western Philosophy I 3
Night PHIL 1120 Asian Philosophy 3
Night PHIL 2256 Bioethics 3
Night THEATR 1210 Fundamentals of Acting 3
Online ART HS 1100 Introduction to Western Art 3
Online ENG 2810 Traditional Grammar 3
Online HIST 1002 American Civilization 1865 to Present 3
Online HIST 1037 The Wonders of Greece: Intro to Greek History and Culture 3
Online HIST 1075 World History to 1500 3
Online HIST 2006 Recent United States History 3
Online GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies 3
Online MHLT 1003 History of Rock Music 3
Online PHIL 1030 Present Moral Problems 3
Online PHIL 1091 Great Philosophers 3
Online PHIL 1151 Love 101 3
Online PHIL 1160 Critical Thinking 3
Online PHIL 2256 Bioethics 3
Online THEATR 1070 Introduction to Cinema 3
Online THEATR 2271 History of American Film 3
Online THEATR 2274 African-American Cinema 3
Online THEATR 2810 History of World Theatre and Drama 3

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Social Sciences

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night ECON 1000 Economics in Everyday Life 3
Night ECON 1001 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Night GEOG 1001 Introduction to Geography 3
Night COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication I 3
Night POLSCI 1100 Introduction to American Politics 3
Night PSYCH 2211 Introduction to Biological Psychology 3
Night BUSAD 2900 Legal Environment of Business 3
Online ANTHRO 1019 Introduction to Archaeology 3
Online ANTHRO 1025 World Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 1037 The Wonders of Greece: Intro to Greek History and Culture 3
Online ANTHRO 1041 Sex and Gender Across Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 1091 Introductory Topics in Anthropology 3
Online ANTHRO 1095 Brief Overview of the Four Fields of Anthropology 1
Online ANTHRO 2124 Introduction to Contemporary African Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 2191 Special Topics in Non-Western Culture 3
Online ANTHRO 2192 Anthropological Perspectives on Western Culture 3
Online COMM 1000 Effective Communication for College 3
Online COMM 1030 Interpersonal Communication I 3
Online COMM 1050 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Online COMM 1135 Communication Theory 3
Online COMM 1150 Introduction to Public Relations 3
Online COMM 2231 Communication in the Organization 3
Online COMM 2232 Effective Communication in the Organization 3

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Math and Life/Natural Sciences

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night GEOL 1001 General Geology 4
Night BIOL 1821 Introductory Biology: Organisms and the Environment 5
Night CMPSCI 1250 Introduction to Computing 3
Night CHEM 1111 Introductory Chemistry I 5
Online BIOL 1012 General Biology 3
Online CHEM 1052 Chemistry for Health Professions 4
Online MATH 1020 Contemporary Mathematics 3

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Junior-Level Writing

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night ENGL 3100 Junior-Level Writing 3
Night ENGL 3120 Business Writing 2

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Cultural Diversity

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night PHIL 1120 Asian Philosophy 3
Night HONORS 1310 Non-Western Traditions Series Humanities 3
Online ANTHRO 1091 Introduction to Topics in Anthropology 3
Online ANTHRO 1025 World Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 1041 Sex and Gender Across Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 1091 Introductory Topics in Anthropology 3
Online ANTHRO 2124 Introduction to Contemporary African Cultures 3
Online ANTHRO 3235 Women in Subsaharan Africa: A Contemporary Perspective 3
Online POL SCI 1500 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3

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Language Requirement for BA

Format Subject Catalog Course Title Hours
Night SPANISH 1001 Spanish Language and Culture I 5
Online SPANISH 1001 Spanish Language and Culture I 5

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