General Education Requirements (40-63 credits)
Students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs are required to fulfill the general education requirements described below.
Note: Students in the English with Certification in Secondary Education, B.A. must follow a restricted version of the General Education Requirements below.
(first year, fall semester)
- One citizenship/community course
- One diversity course
- One mathematics course
- One arts course
- Three humanities courses
- Two social sciences courses
- Two 4-credit lab sciences courses
- Two writing courses (first year, spring semester, and second year, fall semester)
- One information technology literacy course
- Two writing-intensive courses
- Four courses from four categories
First-Year Seminar (3 credits)
The college believes that the successful completion of a First-Year Seminar (FYS) is important for all first-year students. The FYS is designed to instill intellectual passion in first-year students. Students experience small-group interaction and refine the skills associated with discussion and deliberation of ideas and alternative viewpoints.
Foundations of Citizenship
Students must take one course from a list of approved courses in two areas: citizenship/community and diversity. These courses may also be used to fulfill an arts, humanities, or social science distribution requirement. In addition, if approved by the major department, these courses may count toward the major. Those students who are pursuing a double major and students in degree programs requiring more than 58 credits in the major, may use approved AUC courses to fulfill these requirements.
- Citizenship/Community 0 or 3 credit(s)
- Diversity 0 or 3 credit(s)
Courses that fulfill the citizenship/community requirement can be found here .
Students majoring in a program with more than 58 credits required for the degree and students pursuing a double major may select one of the following AUC courses to fulfill the college’s citizenship/community requirement:
Courses that fulfill the diversity requirement can be found here .
Students majoring in a program with more than 58 credits required for the degree and students pursuing a double major may select one of the following AUC courses to fulfill the college’s diversity requirement:
Mathematics (0 or 3 credits)
The college believes that students must demonstrate basic college-level mathematics skills by successfully completing any mathematics course (except M 118 ) taught by the A&S mathematics department.
Arts* (3 credits)
- one course from art history, music, cinema, or drama.
Humanities* (9 credits)
- three courses from three different disciplines from the following list: literature, foreign language, history, philosophy.
Laboratory Science (4 or 8 credits)
Social Science (6 credits)
Non–Social Science Majors:
- two courses from two different disciplines from the following list: economics, politics, psychology, sociology.
Social Science Majors:
- two courses from outside the major
- two different disciplines from the following list: economics, politics, psychology, sociology.
*Students who are pursuing a double major and students in degree programs requiring more than 58 credits in the major may use an AUC course to fulfill one requirement among the arts and humanities within the exploration and breadth category.
Writing Courses (0 or 3 or 6 credits)
The college believes that students must demonstrate basic college-level reading and writing skills. Arts and Sciences students typically demonstrate these abilities by successfully completing WRT 110 and WRT 210 , or their honors equivalents, such as HON 182 for WRT 110 . Some students receive waivers for WRT 110 and WRT 210 . WRT 110 is waived for students who score a 30 on the ACT exam, score 650 or higher on the SAT verbal, or earn a 4 on the AP Language and Composition exam. WRT 210 is waived for students who score a 32 on the ACT exam, score 700 or higher on the SAT verbal, or earn a 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam. Students who waive WRT 110 must take WRT 210 , and they are strongly encouraged to take the honors version of the second course. Students who waive WRT 110 and WRT 210 are encouraged to enroll in an advanced writing course.
Information Technology Literacy (0 or 3 credits)
Students must take one course from a list of approved courses in informational technology literacy. The list of approved courses is found in the majors book or at http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/artsci/gened. If approved by the major department, a course in this category may also count toward the major.
Courses that fulfill the information technology literacy requirement:
Writing-Intensive Courses (0 or 3 credits)
In addition to RPW 110 and RPW 210 , students must take two writing-intensive courses, one of which must be taken in the major. Writing-intensive courses are indicated by a W following a course code (e.g., CMM 250W ).
A writing-intensive course is one in which students do some writing for most class meetings, in addition to the writing they do for examinations and term projects. The nature of the writing varies from course to course; it may include journals, laboratory reports, short essays, or substantial research projects. Besides covering the usual content, a writing-intensive course devotes class time to the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, or editing. While each discipline has its own research methods and distinctive scholarly style, writing-intensive courses stress the common denominators of academic discourse. Writing-intensive courses have met the guidelines approved by the faculty.