General Education Program
Students take 3 types of General Education courses.
Foundation – 9 courses
Natural Sciences (one Natural Sciences course must include a lab)
- 1 Physical Science
- 1 Life Science
- 1 Arts
- 1 Mathematical Sciences (all courses in this category have a MTH 110 prerequisite)
- 1 Philosophy and Literature
- 1 Historical Perspectives
- 2 Social Sciences – they must have two different prefixes
- 1 Writing
Cultures – 2 courses
- 1 World Perspective
- 1 U.S. Diversity
Issues and Themes
NOTE: Students who start at GVSU in Fall 2014 or later can only take Issues courses. Themes are not available to them. The following rules apply:
- Student must choose 2 courses from 2 different disciplines.
- Issues courses can be chosen from the same category (Globalization, Health, etc.) or from different categories.
- If a course is cross listed in two disciplines, the second course must be taken from a third discipline.
- Issues courses must be taken at GVSU.
- Issues courses have a junior standing prerequisite.
Students who started at GVSU BEFORE Fall 2014 can still take Themes courses. In addition to the Issues rules above, the following rules apply to these students:
- Student can choose 2 Issues courses, or 1 Issues course and 1 Themes course, or 2 Themes courses.
- Only 1 course can be taken at the 100 or 200 level.
Can a course count in more than one category (double-dip)?
YES. This is most common with the Cultures category. Many Cultures courses double tip with an Issue, Theme, or a Foundation course.
Can a course be used to meet a GE requirement as well as a major/minor requirement?
Can a student get General Education credit if they study abroad?
YES. Please see the Padnos International Center Study Abroad website for details.
The student transferred a course in which seems like it might fit in a GE category. What do I do?
Send the student to SASC in 200 Student Services to fill out a Student Concern form.
The student tells me a Special Topics course (380) can get GE credit. How do I know if that’s true?
See Recent Changes to General Education Courses.
How do Honors students get General Education credit?
Honors students need to contact the Honors College (181 NMR, 331-3219) to determine how the Honors curriculum fulfills the General Education requirements.
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