Students take 3 types of General Education courses.
Foundations (9 courses)
Cultures (2 courses)
Issues and Themes (2 courses)
NOTE: Students who start at GVSU in Fall 2014 or later can only take Issues courses. Themes are not available to them. The following rules apply:
Students who started at GVSU BEFORE Fall 2014 can still take Themes courses. In addition to the Issues rules above, the following rules apply to these students:
Can a course count in more than one category (double-dip)?
YES. This is most common with the Cultures category. Many Cultures courses double dip with an Issue, Theme, or Foundation course.
Can a course be used to meet a GE requirement as well as a major/minor requirement?
Can a student get General Education credit if they study abroad?
YES. Please see the Padnos International Center Study Abroad website for details.
The student transferred a course in which seems like it might fit in a GE category. What do I do?
Have the student complete a Student Concern form.
The student tells me a Special Topics course (380) can get GE credit. How do I know if that is true?
See Recent Changes to General Education Courses.
How do Honors students get General Education credit?
Honors students need to contact the Honors College (120 Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center, 331-3219) to determine how the Honors curriculum fulfills the General Education requirements.