General Education Program

FAQ Themes

How many classes do I need to take in a Theme?
If you are graduating in December 2011 or after, you will need to choose 2 courses from 2 disciplines within a Theme (additional information on this recent change)

Can I pick classes from two different Themes?
No. Themes were designed around one major concept and are intended to help you expand your knowledge around that concept.

Can I create my own Theme?
No. There are a broad range of courses offered in each of our Theme groups and flexibility is provided within that range.

Can I use an independent study, internship, practicum, co-op, research, or similar type of course to fulfill a General Education requirement?
No. These courses can often be used to fulfill a requirement in your major, minor, or emphasis.

Where are PHI 340 and BIO 103?
PHI 340 and BIO 103 no longer exist. If you took either course before they were removed from the curriculum, they will count in whichever GE category they were in.

I'm confused about what I can take from within the Gender, Society, and Culture Theme. How do I know?

After Fall 2006
THEME 8 - GENDER, SOCIETY AND CULTURE: COMPLETE 3 COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:
ANT 370
BIO 325
CJ 320 or WGS 320
ECO 350
HST 371
LS 370 or WGS 370
LIB 325
PHI 370
SOC 379 or SOC 375 or WGS 375
SS 351 or WGS 351
WGS 310

Fall 2005 and Earlier
THEME 8 - GENDER, SOCIETY AND CULTURE: COMPLETE 3 COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:
AAA 351 or AA 352 or WGS 352
BIO 325
CJ 310 or WGS 310 or CJ 320 or WGS 320
CLA 320
ECO 350
HST 371
LS 370 or WGS 370
LIB 325
PHI 370
SOC 379 or SOC 375 or WGS 375
SS 351 or WGS 351

Do I need a specific grade to pass?
A minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students is required for graduation. Some programs require a GPA in excess of the minimum to satisfy major requirements. Please refer to each academic section for specific requirements.

I am studying abroad this semester and I want to take one (or more) of my Theme or General Education requirements abroad. What do I need to do?
You should talk to the Padnos International Center in 130 Lake Ontario Hall or check out their website: http://www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/

How do I get a permit to enroll in a Seidman (Business) course?
You need 55-credits by the time you take a 300/400 level Seidman College of Business course. Non-business majors with the credits and a 2.0 to 2.749 overall grade point average (GPA), and an officially declared Seidman majors with the credits a 2.5 to 2.749 overall GPA will need to e-mail their names, G-number, course, and semester to go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu for an override to register.

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