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General Education Requirements

University Program Courses
Group I. Humanities
Subgroup A. Human Events and Ideas
Subgroup B. The Arts
Group II. Natural Sciences
Subgroup A. Descriptive Sciences
Subgroup B. Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences
Group III. Social Sciences
Subgroup A. Behavioral Sciences
Subgroup B. Studies in Social Structures
Group IV. Integrative and Area Studies
Subgroup A. Integrative and Multi-disciplinary Studies
Subgroup B. Studies in Global Cultures
Subgroup C. Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States

Only one time may you take a second course with the same designator to satisfy your University Program requirement, with the exception of a sequence of foreign language courses with the same designator and courses taken for study abroad credit (see Subgroup IV-B)


Group I. Humanities
At least 6 semester hours

Note: A student must complete both semesters of HON 130 for credit in both IA and IB.)

Subgroup A. Human Events and Ideas (At least 3 semester hours):

ART 185 - Introduction to Western Art, Part I 3(3-0)
ART 285 - Introduction to Western Art, Part II 3(3-0)
BCA 101 - History and Appreciation of the Cinema 3(2-2)
BCA 290 - French Film and Other Media 3(3-0)
ENG 235 - English Literature: Beginning to Romantic Period 3(3-0)
ENG 236 - British Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 251 - American Literature: Colonial Through the Romantic Period 3(3-0)
ENG 252 - American Literature: Realistic Period to the Present 3(3-0)
ENG 261 - Masterpieces of Ancient Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 262 - Masterpieces of European Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 323 - Fantasy and Science Fiction 3(3-0)
ENG 330 - Mythological Backgrounds of Western Literature 3(3-0)
HON 130 - Western Cultural and Intellectual Traditions 3-6(Spec)
HST 101 - The Development of Western Civilization: From Ancient Times to 1700 A.D. 3(3-0)
HST 102 - The Development of Western Civilization: From 1700 to the Present 3(3-0)
HST 110 - The American Experience 3(3-0)
HST 200 - Medieval Civilization 3(3-0)
HST 238 - Ancient Greece and Rome 3(3-0)
HST 326/WST 328 - Women in America 3(3-0)
HST 341 - Renaissance and Reformation 3(3-0)
HST 342 - The Culture of Renaissance Italy (Study Abroad) 3(Spec)
HUM 101 - Introduction to the Humanities 3(3-0)
PHL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy 3(3-0)
PHL 118 - Moral Problems 3(3-0)
PHL 218 - Ethical Theory 3(3-0)
PHL 230 - Philosophy of Religion 3(3-0)
PSC 275 - Great Political Thinkers 3(3-0)
PSC 371 - American Political Thought 3(3-0)
PSC 378 - Modern Democratic Theory 3(3-0)
REL 101 - World Religions: An Introduction to the Study of Religion 3(3-0)
REL 130 - Religion in America 3(3-0)
REL 250 - The Old Testament and Its Age 3(3-0)
REL 260 - The New Testament and Its Age 3(3-0)
REL 313 - Christianity 3(3-0)
REL 315 - Judaism 3(3-0)
WST 328/HST 326 - Women in America 3(3-0)


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Subgroup B. The Arts (At least 3 semester hours):

ART 126 - Introduction to the Visual Arts 3(3-0)
ART 319 - Art Criticism 3(3-0)
BCA 300 - African and African American Film 3(3-0)
ENG 134 - Introduction to Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 326 - The Literary Dimensions of Film 3(2-2)
ENG 334 - Literacy and Cultural Theory 3(3-0)
HON 130 - Western Cultural and Intellectual Traditions 3-6(Spec)
MUS 110 - Music in Society 3(3-0)
MUS 114 - Listening Experience 3(3-0)
MUS 206 - Understanding Musical Composition 3(3-0)
MUS 213 - Jazz: An American Art Form 3(3-0)
MUS 313 - Musics of the World 3(3-0)
TAI 170 - Fundamentals of Interpretative Reading 3(3-0)
TAI 175 - Appreciation of the Theatre 3(3-0)

Note: A student must complete both semesters of HON 130 for credit in both IA and IB.

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Group II. Natural Sciences
At least 6 semester hours

Subgroup A. Descriptive Sciences (At least 3 semester hours):

ANT 171 - Human Origins: Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3(3-0)
ANT 173 - Laboratory in Physical Anthropology 1(0-2)
AST 111 - Astronomy 3(3-0)
AST 112 - Introduction to Astronomical Observations 1(0-2)
BIO 101 - General Biology 3(2-2)
BIO 110 - Concepts of Biology 4(3-3)
BIO 151 - Human Biology 3(3-0)
BIO 240 - Conservation of Natural Resources 3(3-0)
CHM 111 - The Interaction of Chemistry and Society 3(3-0)
FNS 370 - Nutrition 3(3-0)
GEL 100 - Introduction to Earth Systems 3(2-2)
GEL 101 - Physical Geology 3(3-0)
GEL 102 - Physical Geology Laboratory 1(0-2)
GEL 105 - Dangerous Planet 3(3-0)
GEL 205/GEO 205 - Oceanography 3(3-0)
GEL 230 - Prehistoric Life 3(3-0)
GEL 301 - Geology and Michigan 3(3-0)
GEO 105 - Physical Geography 3(2-2)
GEO 201 - Weather and Climate 4(4-0)
GEO 205/GEL 205 - Oceanography 3(3-0)
HON 140 - Symmetry in Science: From Microscopic to Macroscopic Systems 6(5-3)
HSC 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 3(3-0)

Note: Subgroup A courses satisfying the Group II laboratory requirements: ANT 173, AST 112, BIO 101, BIO 110, GEL 100, GEL 102, GEO 105, HON 140.


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Subgroup B. Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences (At least 3 semester hours):

It is recommended that the mathematics competency be completed before enrolling in a Group II B course of the University Program.

BIO 105 - Introductory Quantitative Biology 3(2-2)
CHM 101 - Armchair Chemistry 3(2-2)
CHM 120 - Survey of Chemistry 4(4-0)
CHM 127 - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 1(0-2)
CHM 131 - Introduction to Chemistry I 4(3-3)
CHM 161 - Principles of Chemistry 5(4-4)
CPS 180 - Principles of Computer Programming 3(3-0)
GEL 130 - Earth Processes 3(2-2)
HON 140 - Symmetry in Science: From Microscopic to
Macroscopic Systems 6(5-3)
MET 240 - Meteorology 3(2-2)
MTH 113 - Mathematics: A Modeling Approach 3(3-0)
MTH 132 - Calculus I 4(4-0)
PHL 140 - Introduction to Logic 3(3-0)
PHS 101 - Survey of Physical Science 3(3-0)
PHS 151 - Introductory Physical Science I 3(2-2)
PHS 371 - Musical Acoustics 3(2-2)
PHY 100 - Conceptual Physics 3(3-0)
PHY 110 - Physics of Sports 3(3-0)
PHY 127 - Table Top Physics 1(0-2)
PHY 130 - College Physics I 4(4-0)
PHY 145 - University Physics I 4(4-0)
PHY 170 - College Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
PHY 175 - University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)

Note: Subgroup B courses satisfying the Group II laboratory requirements: BIO 105, CHM 101, CHM 127, CHM 131, CHM 161, GEL 130, HON 140, MET 240, PHS 151, PHS 371, PHY 127, PHY 170, PHY 175.


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Group III. Social Sciences
At least 6 semester hours

Subgroup A. Behavioral Sciences (At least 3 semester hours):

BLR 325/WST 325 - Women and the Law 3(3-0)
CDO 130 - Normal Speech and Language Acquisition 3(3-0)
ECO 222 - Behavioral Economics 3(3-0)
HDF 100 - Human Growth and Development: Lifespan 3(3-0)
HON 120 - The Individual and Community in Modern Society 6(6-0)
HST 228 - American Business: A History 3(3-0)
PSC 101 - Political Behavior 3(3-0)
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology 3(3-0)
PSY 334/WST 334 - Psychology of Women 3(3-0)
SOC 201 - Social Psychology 3(3-0)
WST 325/BLR 325 - Women and the Law 3(3-0)
WST 334/PSY 334 - Psychology of Women 3(3-0)


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Subgroup B. Studies in Social Structures (At least 3 semester hours):

ANT 170 - Cultural Anthropology 3(3-0)
BLR 202 - Legal Environment of Business 3(3-0)
ECO 110 - Economics and Society 3(3-0)
ECO 280 - Economies of the World 3(3-0)
ENG 175 - The Nature of Language 3(3-0)
GEO 121 - Cultures of the World 3(3-0)
GEO 317 - Economic Geography 3(3-0)
HDF 212 - The Family in Cultural Perspective 3(3-0)
HON 120 - The Individual and Community in Modern Society 6(6-0)
HST 106 - Twentieth Century: Western World Issues 3(3-0)
HST 111 - United States to 1865 3(3-0)
HST 112 - United States 1865 to the Present 3(3-0)
HST 321 - United States Social History since 1865 3(3-0)
HST 347 - The French Revolution and Napoleonic Period 3(3-0)
JRN 101 - Mass Communications in Contemporary Society 3(3-0)
PSC 100 - Introduction to Political Science 3(3-0)
PSC 105 - Introduction to American Government and Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 150 - World Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 151 - The U.S. and the World 3(3-0)
PSC 242 - Introduction to Comparative Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 261 - State and Local Government 3(3-0)
SOC 100 - Introductory Sociology 3(3-0)

Note: BLR 202 may not be applied toward the University Program requirements if a student is earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
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Group IV. Integrative and Area Studies
At least 9 semester hours

Subgroup A. Integrative and Multi-disciplinary Studies (At least 3 semester hours):

AMD 252 - Dress and Culture 3(3-0)
ANT 101/SOC 101 - Social Justice in a Global Society 3(3-0)
ANT 200 - Education and Culture 3(3-0)
ANT 356 - Primate Behavior 3(3-0)
ANT 365 - Current American Indian Issues 3(3-0)
ART 363 - Design: The Interface of Art and Industry 3(3-0)
BIS 104/CPS 100 - Computers and Society 3(3-0)
CPS 100/BIS 104 - Computers and Society 3(3-0)
ECO 230/WST 230 - Women in the Economy 3(3-0)
ENV 101 - Introduction to Environmental Studies 3(3-0)
GEO 120 - Environmental Geography 3(3-0)
GRN 247 - Introduction to Gerontology 3(3-0)
HSC 106 - Healthy Lifestyles 3(3-0)
HST 221/WST 221 - Growing Up in America 3(3-0)
HST 340 - The High Middle Ages 3(3-0)
HST 379/HUM 340 - Race, Class and Power: South Africa in the
20th Century 3(3-0)
HUM 301 - Medieval Synthesis: Love in the Middle Ages 3(3-0)
HUM 303 - Law and Society: Great Trials 3(3-0)
HUM 340/HST 379 - Race, Class and Power: South Africa in the
Twentieth Century 3(3-0)
HUM 370 - The Age of Augustus 3(3-0)
IND 332 - Human Shelter and Environment 3(3-0)
JRN 372 - International and Cross-cultural Mass Communication 3(3-0)
PHL 225/PSY 225 - Foundations of Cognitive Science 3(3-0)
PHL 325 - Philosophy of Mind 3(3-0)
PSC 326/WST 326 - Women and Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 375 - Socialism, Fascism, and Liberalism 3(3-0)
PSY 225/PHL 225 - Foundations of Cognitive Science 3(3-0)
PSY 332 - Evolutionary Psychology 3(3-0)
PSY 382 - Perception 3(3-0)
PSY 387 - Behavioral Neuroscience 3(3-0)
REL 207/WST 207 - Women in Religion 3(3-0)
REL 235 - Religion and Social Issues 3(3-0)
REL 334 - Death and Dying: Religious Dimensions 3(3-0)
SOC 101/ANT 101 - Social Justice in a Global Society 3(3-0)
SOC 221 - Social Problems 3(3-0)
SOC 223 - Urban Structures and Change 3(3-0)
WST 207/REL 207 - Women in Religion 3(3-0)
WST 221/HST 221 - Growing Up in America 3(3-0)
WST 230/ECO 230 - Women in the Economy 3(3-0)
WST 326/PSC 326 - Women and Politics 3(3-0)


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Subgroup B. Studies in Global Cultures
(At least 3 semester hours)

Note: Students who receive credit for an approved study-abroad experience may satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 27 hours, thereby eliminating the UP Elective requirement (see bottom of next column). Students whose first college-level foreign language course is at an advanced level (102 or higher) may satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 27 hours. All other students must satisfy their University Program requirement with a minimum of 30 hours.

Option 1 Study Abroad (At least 3 semester hours):
At least 3 credits of study at any institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada (except Quebec) OR at least 3 credits of study in a CMU faculty-led course taught outside the United States and Canada (except Quebec) approved by the General Education Sub-Committee. NOTE: A study-abroad course may not double count for credit in both Subgroup IV-B and another subgroup. OR

Option 2 Study In a Culture Substantially Different Than One’s Own (At least 3 semester hours)
At least 3 credits of an internship, practicum, service learning or other resident program among members of a culture substantially different than the student’s own within the United States and approved by the General Education Sub-Committee  OR

Option 3 Global Studies or Foreign Language Courses 
At least 3 semester hours from the following:

ANT 175 - Archaeology of the Americas 3(3-0)
ANT 321 - Cultures of Latin America 3(3-0)
ANT 322 - Cultures of Africa 3(3-0)
ANT 324 - Cultures of the South Pacific 3(3-0)
ARB 101 - Elementary Arabic I 4(4-0)
ARB 102 - Elementary Arabic II 4(4-0)

CHN 101 - Elementary Chinese I 4(4-0)
CHN 102 - Elementary Chinese II 4(4-0)
ECO 281 - Economic Development of the Pacific Rim 3(3-0)
EUR 303/PSC 341 - Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe 3(3-0)
EUR 304 - The European Economy 3(3-0)
FRN 101 - Elementary French I 4(4-0)
FRN 102 - Elementary French II 4(4-0)
FRN 201 - Intermediate French I 4(4-0)
FRN 202 - Intermediate French II 4(4-0)
GEO 373 - Latin America 3(3-0)
GER 101 - Elementary German I: Language and Culture 4(4-0)
GER 102 - Elementary German II: Language and Culture 4(4-0)
GER 201 - Intermediate German I 4(4-0)
GER 202 - Intermediate German II 4(4-0)
HST 163 - The Latin American Experience 3(3-0)
HST 168 - The Far East 3(3-0)
HST 176 - The African Experience 3(3-0)
HST 236 - The Near East to Alexander 3(3-0)
HST 237 - The Middle East since Muhammad 3(3-0)
JPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I 4(4-0)
JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese II 4(4-0)
JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese I 4(4-0)
JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese II 4(4-0)
LAT 101 - Elementary Latin I 4(4-0)
OJB 101 - Elementary Ojibwe I 3(3-0)
PHL 305 - Chinese Philosophy 3(3-0)
PSC 340 - African Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)
PSC 341/EUR 303 - Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe 3(3-0)
PSC 343 - Southeast Asian Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)
PSC 344 - East Asian Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)
PSC 345 - Middle Eastern Political Systems 3(3-0)
PSC 347 - Comparative Politics: Western Europe 3(3-0)
PSC 348 - Latin American Political Systems 3(3-0)
REL 220 - Religious Traditions of China 3(3-0)
REL 221 - Religious Traditions of Japan 3(3-0)
REL 222 - Religious Traditions of India 3(3-0)
REL 314 - Islam 3(3-0)
REL 320 - The Buddhist Tradition 3(3-0)
RUS 101 - Elementary Russian I 4(4-0)
SPN 101 - Elementary Spanish I 4(4-0)
SPN 102 - Elementary Spanish II 4(4-0)
SPN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I 4(4-0)
SPN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II 4(4-0)

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Subgroup C. Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States (At least 3 semester hours):

ANT 320 - North American Indian Cultures 3(3-0)
ANT 368 - Hispanic Cultures in the U.S. 3(3-0)
BLR 222 - The Search for Racial Justice Through Law 3(3-0)
BLR 365 - Native American Justice Through Law 3(3-0)
ENG 329 - African American Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 582 - Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult and Children’s Literature 3(3-0)
HDF 110 - Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States 3(3-0)
HST 323 - History of Native Americans 3(3-0)
HST 324 - African American History to 1915 3(3-0)
HST 325 - African Americans in Twentieth Century America 3(3-0)
JRN 380 - Racial Diversity: Mass Media’s Role 3(3-0)
LAR 145 - Racism and Discrimination in America through Dialogue 3(3-0)
PHL 345/PSC 325/REL 345/SOC 345 - The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)
PSC 125 - African-American Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 325/PHL 345/REL 345/SOC 345 - The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)
REL 140 - Religion, Race and Discrimination in America 3(3-0)
REL 240 - African-American Religion 3(3-0)
REL 342 - From Spirituals to Gospel 3(3-0)
REL 345/PHL 345/PSC 325/SOC 345 - The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)
REL 347 - African American Reflections on Racism 3(3-0)
SOC 323 - Racism and Inequality 3(3-0)
SOC 345/PHL 345/PSC 325/REL 345 - The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)

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UP Elective:
To complete 30 hours, select one additional course from any subgroup.

Note: Only one time may you take a second course with the same designator to satisfy your University Program requirement, with the exception of a sequence of foreign language courses with the same designator and courses taken for study abroad credit (see Subgroup IV-B) .