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Oklahoma State University

General Education Requirements

The university's general education requirements include:

English Composition - 6 hours (ENGL 1113 AND 1213 or approved substitutes) required. Approved substitutions are ENGL 1123 or 1313 for 1113 and ENGL 1223, 1413, or 3323 for ENGL 1213.

American History and Government - 6 hours satisfied by HIST 1103 and POLS 1113. HIST 1483 or 1493 may be substituted for HIST 1103. The U.S. History course (a) should be general in nature, covering a significant span of natural time; (b) should be taught by a faculty member in the discipline or department of history; and (c) should be listed in the institutional catalog under the title of U.S. History. Specialized courses in economic, social, and cultural, or political history will thus not satisfy the intent of this policy.  The U.S. Government course (a) should be general in nature, rather than narrowly specific; (b) discuss the origins, organization, and operation of the United States of America with regard to its political and governmental functions; and (c) should be taught under the auspices of department of government or political science.

  • Analytical and Quantitative Thought (A) - 3 hours (including at least one math course). The study of systems of logic and the mathematical sciences (MATH 1715 may be used to meet the 2 course, 6-hour requirement).
  • Humanities (H) - 6 hours. These courses concentrate on the ideas, beliefs, arts and literatures that bring cultures to life.
  • Natural Sciences (N) - 6 hours. A systematic study of natural processes and the mechanisms and consequences of human intervention in those processes.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S) - 3 hours. Human behavior in relation to the social and physical environment.
  • Diversity (D) - Required for students matriculating Fall 2008 or later.  These courses emphasize socially constructed groups in the United States (No additional hours as this requirement may be satisfied by a course in any part of a student’s degree plan.)
  • International Dimension (I) - These courses emphasize contemporary cultures outside the United States. (No additional hours as this requirement may be satisfied by a course in any part of a student’s degree plan.)
  • Scientific Investigation (L) - Laboratory experience aimed at interpreting scientific hypotheses. (No additional hours as this requirement may be satisfied by a course in any part of a student’s degree plan.)

Some degree plans require specific general education courses.  If no specific course is listed, any general education course with that designation may be used.  Courses used to meet general education requirements may be used to meet requirements for second majors, minors, and certificates.

Occasionally students transfer a course that appears to fulfill the criteria & goals for a general education course but the transcript does not indicate a general education designation.  The adviser may submit a "General Education Requirement Individual Substitution" form along with a course syllabus or course description with a course syllabus or course description to the Director of Student Academic Services in their college.