General Education Program


Study Areas:

Study Area I. Arts and Humanities 9 credits
At least 3 credits required in 200-level literature, and no more than 6 credits from any one discipline. Courses that focus on creative expression and interpretations of human experience, or the appreciation and development of thought and ideas. (In this study area, students will typically be exposed to courses in literature, philosophy, and fine arts.)

Study Area II. Social Sciences 9 credits
At least 3 credits required in history, and no more than 6 credits from any one discipline. Courses dealing with formal social structures (such as governments, interest groups, territorial entities, economic firms) in their historical and contemporary contexts. (In this study area, students will typically be exposed to courses in economics, geography, history, and political science.)

Study Area III. Behavioral Sciences 6 credits
Courses that focus on the interaction(s) between and among individuals and/or groups and social/cultural institutions. (In this study area, students will typically be exposed to courses in anthropology, psychology, and sociology.)

Study Area IV. Natural Sciences 6-7 credits
A laboratory experience is required. Courses that focus on the scientific analysis of the natural world. (In this study area, students will typically be exposed to courses in biology, biomolecular science, chemistry, earth science, and physics.)

Skill Areas:

Skill Area I. Communication Skills 6 credits
ENG 105 or 110 required.* Students who have not completed ENG 110 prior to earning 61 credits are required to take both ENG 110 and ENG 202. Courses designed to improve communications skills relevant for the successful pursuit of a university education and for the enhancement of career opportunities.

Skill Area II. Mathematics 6 credits
A mathematics or statistics course (above 101 level) appropriate to the student's major interests, plus one additional course in MATH, STAT, CS, or FYS 106, totaling 6 credits. The courses must be selected from the Skill Area II approved course list.

Skill Area III. Foreign Language Proficiency 0-6 credits
Proficiency in a foreign language must be demonstrated before graduation.

This requirement may be met by any of the following:
  1. Three sequential years of one foreign language at the high-school level.
  2. Elementary proficiency as demonstrated by successfully completing a second semester-level CCSU foreign language course (112), or the equivalent at another institution. Students with no previous background in a language must take the first and second semesters (111 and 112, or 118); students who place out of 111 due to previous background in the language may satisfy the requirement by taking 112 only.
  3. Passing a standardized examination that demonstrates knowledge of a foreign language equivalent to completion of a second semester course or higher.
  4. Demonstration of native proficiency in a language other than English (requires evaluation of skill level by an appropriate faculty member and/or official documentation, and approval by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages).

Skill Area IV. University Requirement 2-3 credits
Courses designed to foster personal well-being and the development of academic skills essential for the successful pursuit of a university education. PE 144 (Fitness/Wellness Ventures) is required of all students entering with fewer than 15 credits, and it is recommended that it be taken in the student's first year. Those entering with 15 credits or more may complete this requirement with 2-3 additional credits in the skill areas above or with other Skill Area IV courses. Remedial courses, MATH 101, and elementary language courses (111 or 112) will not fulfill this requirement.


International Requirement (6 Credits)


Note #1: A maximum of 8 credits in the study area portion and a maximum of 8 credits in the skill area portion of the general education program may be fulfilled by major and/or minor courses that are designated as applicable to general education, with no more than 8 credits total from any one field of study.

Note #2All entering students are required to take ENG 105 or ENG 110 (Freshman Composition), which is an introductory course in expository writing, unless exempt due to previous coursework. A score of 450 on the writing or critical reading portion of the SAT (or 21 on the ACT) is needed to enroll in ENG 110. If a student's SAT writing score is below 450 (or 21 on the ACT), the student will be required to complete ENG 099 (Remedial English), which focuses on improvement of basic writing skills, prior to taking ENG 110. Student writing is assessed during the first week of class. Course adjustments may be made if, based on the writing assessment, it is determined that a student is enrolled in the wrong writing course.

Note #3Those students who have been admitted to the CCSU Honors Program will fulfill many of their General Education requirements through the Honors Program curriculum. For further information on the Program, see

Note #4When appropriate to subject matter, methodology, and class size, all courses designated for general education, in particular courses in literature, philosophy, the humanities, history, and the social and behavioral sciences, will require writing, including assigned papers and essay examinations.


First Year Experience (3 credits): Required for all students who enter with fewer than 15 credits and to be taken in the student's first semester.
This requirement is typically completed by a First-Year Experience (FYE) section of a course in general education and/or within a student's major/school. Those students who do not successfully complete an FYE course in their first semester will be required to successfully complete an FYE course in their second semester. Note: CRM 101, FYS courses, and other experiences designated by the FYE steering committee can also fulfill the FYE requirement.


General Education Objectives

In addition to offering baccalaureate degrees, the University aims to provide students with the basic foundations for life-long learning as rational members of society, to awaken the pleasures of intellectual exploration and to elevate aesthetic sensibilities. This commitment to personal development depends on the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, intellectual processes, and techniques. The general education program seeks to realize the following objectives:

  • Objective: To develop an appreciation for, and enhance understanding of, the arts and humanities. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: engage in literary, philosophic, and artistic expression, response, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Objective: To develop global awareness, historical perspective, and appreciation of social and cultural diversity in the world. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: analyze an issue from the perspective of another cultural tradition or historical period; understand and respect cultural differences; read, write, speak, and understand a foreign language at an enhanced level.
  • Objective: To develop scientific understanding of the natural and social worlds. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: explain how scientists think, work, and evaluate the natural and social world; use techniques such as controlled observation, experiment, mathematical analysis of data, and production and interpretation of graphical and tabular data presentation; and demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the natural and social world.
  • Objective: To develop critical thinking and critical reading skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: define a problem; assemble evidence to support a conclusion; assess the validity of a sustained argument; and analyze information to uncover underlying meanings, structures, and patterns.
  • Objective: To strengthen writing and communication skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: develop a chosen topic, organize specifics to support a main idea, use proper grammar, address a particular audience, and revise and edit to produce focused and coherent texts.
  • Objective: To strengthen quantitative skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: apply mathematical and statistical techniques as a means of analysis within a variety of disciplines, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques of analysis.
  • Objective: To develop information fluency and computer literacy. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from a variety of sources; use computers for research, analysis, and expression; and analyze the effects of information technology on society.
  • Objective: To foster personal health and fitness through a wellness model. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: develop and/or maintain a level of physical activity and nutrition that meets public health standards; construct and implement a fitness/wellness program to improve quality of life and longevity; apply behavior modification strategies to maintain healthy lifestyle habits and psychological well-being; and build a personal awareness of, and positive attitude towards, healthy living.
  • Objective: To recognize issues of social equity and social justice in the United States. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: recognize the diverse forms and effects of social and economic inequality; understand bias and discrimination based on individual and group factors such as race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, and mental or physical disability.
  • Objective: To develop and encourage the practice of civic responsibility. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: involve oneself in campus, local, or other communities; take a public stance on a community issue (in either a classroom or public setting); understand and analyze public issues and public affairs from the perspective of the larger community.
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