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General Education Requirements _GER_


									University of Louisville Undergraduate Catalog                                         Summer 2010 – Spring 2011

General Education Requirements (GER)
The General Education program at the University of         Social and Behavioral Sciences [9 hours (SB) one
Louisville fosters active learning by asking students      course in the Department of History; the remaining 6
to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to    hours in two other disciplines]
understand and appreciate cultural diversity.
Specifically, students will establish foundations in the   • Social and behavioral sciences are concerned with
following content areas: Arts and Humanities,              understanding human behavior, human interactions,
Mathematics, Oral Communication, Social and                human environment, and the related social structures
Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Written         and forms.
Communication. Students will also acquire a
competency in Cultural Diversity through work in the       • History (3 hours) History is concerned with
content areas.                                             understanding change over time. Courses addressing
                                                           this requirement cover a broad body of historical
Students must complete 12 credit hours of General          knowledge and compare Western and non-Western
Education courses within the first 30 degree-              cultures.
applicable credit hours earned, and these 12 hours
must include the successful completion of the first        Written Communication [6 hours (WC): the first 3
three hours in Written Communication; further,             hours must be a writing course in the Department of
students must fulfill or begin working towards the         English or be an approved Honors course substitute]
Mathematics General Education requirement. Before
completing 60 hours, the student must have                 • Written communication is the ability to develop and
completed 21 hours of General Education courses,           express ideas, opinions, and information in
including Oral Communication, Mathematics, and the         appropriate written forms. To fulfill this requirement,
second three hours of Written Communication.               students will complete a substantial amount of
                                                           writing, including several texts that go through the
For an explanation of GER course codes, the GER            writing process.
course list, and GER guidelines please visit the
website at .            Competency in Cultural Diversity (6 hours)
                                                           Students must take 6 hours in courses designated
GER Content Areas                                          Cultural Diversity (CD1 and CD2), at least 3 hours of
Arts and Humanities [6 hours: one course in Arts           which will focus on persons of African, Asian/Pacific
(A); one in Humanities (H)]                                Islander, Hispanic or Native American ancestry. In
                                                           many cases, these courses will also fulfill other
• Arts and Humanities are concerned with                   Content Area requirements (e.g., a Cultural Diversity
understanding texts of art, music, theatre, literature,    course may also count as a Social and Behavioral
philosophy, and religious thought.                         Science requirement).

Mathematics [3 hours in Mathematics (M)]                   • Understanding cultural diversity means students
                                                           will have a broad exposure to a variety of social
• Mathematics is concerned with solving real-world         systems, cultures, and subcultures, both within the
problems through mathematical methods.                     United States and the rest of the world. This portion
                                                           of the curriculum encourages an appreciation of the
Natural Sciences [7 hours: lecture (S) and lab (SL)        realities of a racially and culturally diverse world.
in a single discipline; an additional 3 hours in a
second discipline]                                         GER Guidelines

• Natural Sciences are concerned with understanding        These rules provide guidelines and available options
the physical world through the scientific method.          for student course selection for completion of the
                                                           General Education Requirements (effective at the
Oral Communication [3 hours (OC)]                          beginning of the Summer 2009 term and not
• Oral communication is the ability to convey ideas,
emotions, and information through speech.

                                                                                      General Education Curriculum
University of Louisville Undergraduate Catalog                                         Summer 2010 – Spring 2011

Questions concerning these guidelines can be               Detailed instructions (including specifications of the
addressed to for the                essays and limits on the petition period) will be made
consideration of the committee.                            available on the General Education website at
--Pass/Fail grading
                                                           -- General Education Credit for Fully-certified
No course taken for a pass/fail grade will be counted      Transfer Students
as meeting a general education requirement.
                                                           Transfer students with full general-education
--Course Substitutions and Appeals                         certification under the Kentucky block transfer policy
                                                           have completed all general-education requirements of
Departments and units must not substitute for a GER-       the University of Louisville. Under that state policy,
approved course any University of Louisville course        the university will not require such students to
not on the GER-approved list. The GECC will not            complete the Cultural Diversity competency
accept any appeal for such consideration.                  requirement.

--Restricted Sections of GER Courses in Major              -- General Education Requirements for Second-
Programs                                                   degree Students

Departments or programs with general-education             For students already holding a baccalaureate degree
courses also required for particular majors may            but in residence to complete a second baccalaureate,
restrict one or more sections to students in that major,   the general education requirements shall be waived.
provided that additional sections are open to
enrollment by non-majors. Where practical, the open        Statewide General Education Block Transfer
and restricted section(s) should be scheduled at the       Policy
same or similar times.                                     Students who transfer between Kentucky’s public
                                                           institutions of higher education may qualify for a
--CD Credit for Study Abroad                               “block” rather than course by course transfer policy
                                                           beginning in January, 1996. This policy has been
Students may petition for Cultural Diversity (CD)          established as a means of promoting the transfer of
credit after participation in a university sanctioned      lower division general education requirements from
study-abroad program. The petition must include an         one public institution to another and reducing the
essay, addressed to the GECC, identifying which            probability that credits may be lost or courses
form of CD credit is requested, describing the             repeated due to transfer. The statewide block transfer
program and explaining how the experience met the          policy applies to transfer students who have
learning outcomes of the CD competency. Petitions          completed all or part of lower division general
must be submitted to the committee by e-mail to            education requirements within the following       Detailed    instructions     competency areas:
(including specifications of the essays and limits on
the petition period) will be made available on the         Communications
General Education website at .                           Written (6 hours)
                                                              Oral (3 hours)
--CD Course Equivalency Determinations
                                                           Humanities (6 hours) Includes courses from but not
A student may petition that transfer courses identified    limited to the following:
by the Admissions Office as not equivalent to any
existing approved CD course be evaluated by the               Fine Arts (excluding studio and performance
GECC. The student requesting the evaluation must                         courses)
provide a catalog course description and a syllabus of        Philosophy
the course(s) in question as well as an essay                 Literature
indentifying which form of CD credit is requested             History
and explaining how the transfer course addresses the          Foreign Literature
learning outcomes of the CD general-education                 Cross-Cultural
requirement. Petitions must be submitted to the               Inter/Multi-Disciplinary
committee by e-mail to

                                                                                      General Education Curriculum
University of Louisville Undergraduate Catalog               Summer 2010 – Spring 2011

Behavioral/Social Sciences (9 hours) Includes courses
from but not limited to the following listing AND
must be represented by a minimum of two disciplines
and must be different from those disciplines used to
meet the Humanities requirement:

   Political Science

Natural Sciences (6 hours) Includes courses from
but not limited to the following disciplines:


Mathematics (3 hours) Minimum—College Algebra

Transfer Students and GER
Students who have completed lower division general
education requirements or have an AA/AS degree upon
transfer may find that this policy applies to them. The
student should contact the Registrar or advisors at their
current institution and ask for a General Education
Audit to be sent to the University of Louisville. This
audit will provide admissions and advisors at the
University of Louisville with information that may
prove beneficial to the transferring student.

                                                            General Education Curriculum

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