General Education Requirements (2008-2009)

If there are no courses listed with a specific requirement, see the lists of approved courses below.

  • Written communication (6 credits): Fulfilled by ENGL 100 or 101 and ENGL 302
  • Oral communication (3 credits): Fulfilled by COMM 100 or 101
  • Quantitative reasoning (3 credits)
  • Information technology (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Fine arts (3 credits)
  • Natural science (7 credits): CHSS and COS require 8 credits (consult this link to list of approved courses for more detail)
  • Western civilization (3 credits): Fulfilled by HIST 100 or 125 (see below for other options for transfer students)
  • Social and behavioral science (3 credits)
  • Global understanding (3 credits)
  • Synthesis (3 credits)

Students must fulfill each of these university general education requirements with a separate course. No course may be used to fulfill more than one university requirement.

Under some circumstances, students may use a single course to fulfill a university general education requirement and a college-level requirement or a requirement for the major.  See your academic advisor for more information.

College Requirements for BA Students (2008 - 2009)

  • Philosophy or religious studies (3 credits): Fulfilled by any course in PHIL or RELI
  • Social and behavioral science: 3 credits in addition to the university-wide requirement in social and behavioral science for a total of 6 credits. The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and university requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The courses used to fulfill this requirement must be in addition to the course used to fulfill the university-wide requirement in western civilization/world history. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing any course in ADJ, ANTH, ECON, GEOG (except 102 or 309), GOVT, HIST (except 100 or 125), LING, PSYC, or SOCI.
  • Non-western culture (3 credits in addition to the university general education requirement in global understanding)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level

Under some circumstances, students may use a single course to fulfill a more than one college-level requirement. It is also possible under some circumstances to use a single course to fulfill a university general education requirement and a college-level requirement or a requirement for the major. See an academic advisor for more information.

Transfer Students

Admitted and enrolled transfer students who have completed an AA, AS, or AA&S degree from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) with a curriculum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 are considered to have met all of George Mason University's lower level general education requirements. They are still required by the university to complete English 302 and a synthesis course. Transfer students who meet the conditions above and are pursuing a degree in CHSS are considered to have met all college requirements except for proficiency in a foreign language (required of BA students).