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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements

About the General Education Program

The General Education at Kennesaw State University program offers a comprehensive series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences for all KSU students. Whereas the major program contributes depth within a chosen specialization, the General Education core provides breadth of understanding within a variety of disciplines. Together, the General Education core and the major degree program offer students the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become informed and engaged citizens living in a diverse, global community.


The General Education program has ten learning outcomes for students to achieve over the course of their core curriculum. These learning outcomes are assessed in designated courses throughout the General Education program.

  • Written Communication: Students will write & communicate at a college level in various modes, media, and/or rhetorical contexts.
  • Reading Comprehension: Students will demonstrate an ability to comprehend, analyze, & interpret texts in various modes, genres, media, and/or contexts.
  • Quantitative Learning: Students will demonstrate the ability to explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables) and/or convert information into mathematical forms at a level appropriate for the complexity of problems in a college-level course.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate and synthesize information to support ideas and perspectives.
  • Literature: Students will include multicultural, social, or historical contexts in their interpretation of literary work. 
  • Global Perspectives: Students will analyze creative works from multiple international cultures in relation to the historical, political, economic, sociocultural, aesthetic, or personal contexts in which those works emerged.
  • Applied Math: Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively apply symbolic representations to model and solve problems.
  • Natural Sciences: Students will demonstrate an understanding of college-level scientific principles, theories, and laws, and apply them to solve problems and explore natural phenomena.
  • U.S. Perspectives: Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of history, political systems, or culture of the U.S.
  • Social Sciences: Students analyze the complexity of how historical, economic, and political relationships develop, persist, or change.

General Education Core Requirements at KSU

Throughout the university system, the core curriculum consists of 42 semester hours of which a minimum of 42 are in general education.

Area A1: Communication - (6 Credit Hours)

Area B: Institutional Option - Critical Thinking - (5 Credit Hours)

B1: Contemporary Economic Issues (2 Credit Hours)

B2: Cultural Perspectives (3 Credit Hours)

Select one from the following:

Area C: Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics - (6 Credit Hours)

Area D: Science, Mathematics & Technology - (10 to 12 Credit Hours)

D2: Science Process (7 to 8 Credit Hours)



Science Majors: Must take two four-hour laboratory sciences; see the individual degree program requirement section for majors with these requirements. 

Pre-Health Majors:  Take CHEM 1151/L & 1152/L, CHEM 1211/L & 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L & PHYS 1112/L or BIOL 1107/L & 1108/L. It is recommended that students select a sequence appropriate to the major.

Nursing majors: Take CHEM 1151/1151L, CHEM 1152/1152L & STAT 1107.

All other majors: Take one laboratory science course and one additional science course. Science majors: carry over extra 1-2 hours to area F.

Area E: Social Sciences – (12 Credit Hours)