General Education Requirements

These requirements are intended to promote breadth of knowledge, integration of disciplinary perspectives, and understanding of diverse cultures. Wofford’s program seeks to develop skills in reading, written and oral communication, use of technology, critical thinking, creative expression, numerical reasoning, problem solving, and collaborative and independent learning. The college identifies these competencies as vital to intellectual and personal growth. While these competencies are developed in all courses in the curriculum, they are the explicit focus of general education courses.

Courses which meet General Education requirements are listed below. The same course may not be used to satisfy more than one General Education requirement, but can be used to satisfy major requirements.

CULTURES AND PEOPLES, 3 Credit Hours

Courses meeting this requirement focus on the study of cultures other than European and European-settler cultures, or the interaction between and comparison of European and non-western cultures.  A complete list of approved Cultures & Peoples course can found on the Registrar's website.  On the schedule, these courses are designated with the attribute of 'CP'.

ENGLISH, 6 Credit Hours

  •  ENGL 102 Seminar in Literature and Composition AND
  • One 200-level English (ENGL) course (excluding ENGL 260)

FINE ARTS, 3-4 Credit Hours

This requirement is met by completing one of the following options:

One Art History (ARTH) course at the 200-or 300-level3
One Studio Art (ARTS) course at the 200-level3
One Music (MUS) course at the 200-level (except for MUS 220)3
One Theatre (THEA) course at the 200-level (except THEA 210) or THEA 385 or THEA 3903
Select four semester hours from the following courses:4
Men's Glee Club
Wofford Singers
Women's Choir
Group Classical Guitar
Concert Band
String Ensemble
Music Laboratory
Chamber Singers
Instrumental Chamber Music
Wofford Concert Orchestra
Stagecraft

FOREIGN LANGUAGES, 3-10 Credit Hours

Foreign language placement is made by the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures and is normally determined by the student's previous level and amount of foreign language study.  The requirement is met by successfully completing a course sequence (101/102) or one 200-level course as noted below.  Arabic is offered periodically.  Students may use the Arabic sequence (identified in the class schedule as MLLC 280/281, Modern Standard Arabic I and II) to fulfill the foreign language requirement.  BOTH MLLC 280 and 281 are required to complete the requirement.  Please note introductory-level Chinese (CHIN 101/102) and Arabic (MLLC 280/281) language courses meet everyday and are 5 credit hours each.

Select one of the following:10 or 4
Beginning Active Arabic
and Beginning Active Arabic
Intermediate Active Arabic
Intermediate Active Arabic
Select one of the following:10 or 5
Beginning Active Chinese
and Beginning Active Chinese
Low Intermediate Chinese
Low Intermediate Chinese
Select one of the following:6 or 3
Beginning Active French
and Beginning Active French
Intermediate Active French
Intermediate Active French
Select one of the following:6 or 3
Beginning Active German
and Beginning Active German
Intermediate Active German
Intermediate Active German
Select one of the following:6 or 3
Elementary Latin I
and Elementary Latin II
Latin Prose
Select one of the following:6 or 3
Beginning Active Spanish
and Beginning Active Spanish
Communication & Culture
Intermediate Active Spanish
Intermediate Active Spanish

HISTORY, 3 Credit Hours

This requirement is met by:

Select one of the following:3
History of Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization to 1350
History of Early Modern Western Civilization to 1815
History of Modern Western Civilization Since 1815

HUMANITIES 101, 3 Credit Hours

Every new freshman is required to take HUM 101 Freshman Seminar in Humanities during the fall semester of their initial year of enrollment.  Students who do not pass the course during the fall semester of their freshman year will be required to retake it during the spring semester of their freshman year.

MATHEMATICS, 3 Credit Hours

Any three-credit hour course in Mathematics (MATH).

PHILOSOPHY, 3 Credit Hours

Any three-credit hour course in Philosophy (PHIL).

WELLNESS, 2 Credit Hours

Two one-credit hour courses with one credit hour of First Year Interaction Seminar (FYI 101) in the fall semester and one-credit hour of Physical Education (PHED).

RELIGION, 3 Credit Hours

One 200-level Religion (REL) course.

NATURAL SCIENCE, B.A. DEGREE, 8 Credit Hours

The natural science requirement is met by successfully completing a two-course sequence(i.e. PHY 121/122) from the Bachelor of Science track OR by taking one life science and one physical science chosen from the following:

Life Sciences
BIO 150Biological Inquiry (with lab)4
BIO 212Introduction to Genetics & Molecular Biology (with lab)4
BIO 214Introduction to Cellular Biology (with lab)4
COSC 150Scientific Investigations Using Computation4
PSY 104Psychology: Concepts & Method4
PSY 150Introduction to Psychological Science (with lab)4
PSY 200Experimental Methods (with lab)4
PSY 230Biological Psychology (with lab)4
PSY 300Learning & Adaptive Behavior (with lab)4
PSY 310Cognitive Science (with lab)4
PSY 315Sensation & Perception (with lab)4
ENVS 150Introduction to Earth System Science (with lab)4
ENVS 151Introduction to Sustainability Science (with lab)4
ENVS 203Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab)4
Physical Sciences
CHEM 104Chemistry: Concepts & Methods (with lab)4
CHEM 123General Chemistry I (with lab)4
CHEM 124General Chemistry II (with lab)4
COSC 150Scientific Investigations Using Computation4
PHY 104Physics: Concepts & Methods (with lab)4
PHY 121General Physics I (with lab)4
PHY 122General Physics II (with lab)4
PHY 141Physics for Science & Engineering I (with lab)4
PHY 142Physics for Science & Engineering II (with lab)4
ENVS 150Introduction to Earth System Science (with lab)4
ENVS 151Introduction to Sustainability Science (with lab)4
ENVS 203Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab)4

NATURAL SCIENCE, B.S. DEGREE, 16 Credit Hours

This requirement is met by successfully completing four courses, two two-course sequences from different departments (i.e. CHEM 123/124 and PHY 121/122), chosen from the following list:

BIO 150Biological Inquiry (with lab)4
BIO 212Introduction to Genetics & Molecular Biology (with lab)4
BIO 214Introduction to Cellular Biology (with lab)4
ENVS 150Introduction to Earth System Science (with lab)4
ENVS 151Introduction to Sustainability Science (with lab)4
CHEM 123General Chemistry I (with lab)4
CHEM 124General Chemistry II (with lab)4
PHY 121General Physics I (with lab)4
PHY 122General Physics II (with lab)4
PHY 141Physics for Science & Engineering I (with lab)4
PHY 142Physics for Science & Engineering II (with lab)4
PSY 150Introduction to Psychological Science (with lab)4
PSY 200Experimental Methods (with lab)4
PSY 230Biological Psychology (with lab)4
PSY 300Learning & Adaptive Behavior (with lab)4
PSY 310Cognitive Science (with lab)4
PSY 315Sensation & Perception (with lab)4

Note that some science courses have prerequisites or require permission of instructor.

**Students earning credit through AP, CLEP, IB, etc. for BIO 101/102 or ENVS 110/111 may apply those hours to either the BA or BS natural science general education requirement.