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Our General Education Core

All University of Louisiana at Lafayette undergraduate students complete 39 hours of General Education courses.  The General Education curriculum is designed to ensure that our graduates acquire the knowledge and skills to live productive lives as responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world, capable of working effectively with others while displaying openness to different viewpoints and understanding the diversity of human values.  We expect our graduates to appreciate the possibilities of human achievement in both the arts and sciences, recognizing the importance of the arts to society and the salient ethical issues raised by various scientific disciplines, in addition to appreciating the physical world and our impact on it. 

To this end, our core is founded on the traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, providing breadth across the humanities, arts, social studies, and biological and physical sciences, while teaching competence in technology, communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

Learning Goals

The General Education Curriculum is situated on six broad learning goals.


Specifically, students should be able to:

Our Core Curriculum areas addressing the goal

Communication: Students should be able to communicate effectively in oral and written English. A. Think critically and read with comprehension.
B. Write essays that make arguments appropriately supported by evidence, while synthesizing and documenting sources.
C. Speak cogently in presenting information.
English Composition; Communications Elective
Science: Students should be able to understand the nature of scientific knowledge and have a sufficient knowledge base to be familiar with the power and limitations of science as related to contemporary topics. D. Apply key processes and scientific reasoning to draw reasonable conclusions with the natural sciences.
E. Use critical and logical thinking, knowledge of accepted scientific methods, and appropriate sources to evaluate the credibility of information with scientific content.
Biological and Physical Sciences
Humans and their Contexts: Students should develop awareness of themselves as members of human society and citizens of their own community. F. Collect, consume, and critique basic and complex concepts in history and social sciences.
G. Understand the diverse and complex nature of humanity.
H. Create engaged citizens.
Behavioral Sciences, History, Other AHBS
Arts and Letters: Students should understand the nature and value of literature and the fine and performing arts. I. Interpret and write critically about literary or cultural texts.
J. Create, perform, or interpret works of art (visual, musical, design, theatrical, or dance) to describe, analyze and evaluate the context, history, influence, or structure of a particular genre, movement, or work of art.
Literature, Arts Elective, Other AHBS
Quantitative Reasoning: Students should be able to analyze quantitative information in order to solve problems and understand the world. K. Use mathematical methods and models to solve quantitative problems and to communicate solutions effectively.
L. Analyze and critically evaluate numerical and graphical data to draw reasonable and valid conclusions about ‘real world’ situations.






Gen Ed Distribution & Courses

UL Lafayette Hours Courses that fullfill the requirement
English Composition 6

ENGL 101 and 102, or 115
ESOL 101, 102

28 ACT in English earns automatic credit for ENGL 101 and placement in ENGL 115

Mathematics 6

MATH 103/104, 102, 105, 107,
109, 143, or 270
and one other course from:
MATH 110 or 206 and above
STAT 214 or above

Must total minimum 6 hrs

Social/Behavioral Science 6

ANTH (any course)
ECON (any course)
GEOG (any course)
POLS (any course)
PSYC (any course)
SOCI (any course)
CJUS (any course)

3 hrs must be at the 200+ level

Natural Sciences



Including both biological and physical, with six hours in the same science.

BIOL (any course)
ENVS 100, 150, 280
PHYS (any course)
CHEM (any course)
GEOL (any course)

6 hours must be in a single biological (BIOL) or physical (CHEM, PHYS, GEOL,ENVS) science, and 3 hrs in the other natural science area not chosen. Science requirements may not be satisfied by three courses in the same department i.e. ENVS.

Literature 3 Any course in ENGL or MODL
that focuses on literary texts,
i.e., poetry, fiction, drama,
or the essay; does not
include linguistics or language
History 3 Any course in HIST except
Communications 3 CMCN 100, 101, 212, 202,
203, 302, 310
ENGL 360, 365
THEA 261
Arts 3

DANC 101, 102, 113, 114
DSGN 121
MUS 104, 105, 106
108, 109, 321,
322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 360, 364
THEA 161, 261
VIAR 120, 121, 122


Total Core Hours