Basic skills 0-9 hours
- Writing - 0-3 hours (ENG 102 or waiver)
- Computer Literacy - 0-3 hours (approved course or waiver)
- Critical Thinking - 0-3 hours (approved course or waiver)
Foreign language 0-6 hours
- Satisfied by high school study of another language through Regents Level 4; high school study of two other languages (through Level 2 in each); or completion of a 102-level college language course or equivalent.
Knowledge foundations 12-18 hours (counting exemptions)
- Fine & Performing Arts - 3 hours (approved course)
- Humanities - 3 hours (approved course)
- Mathematics - 3 hours (approved course)
- Natural Sciences - 6 hours (2 approved courses from different areas)
- Social & Behavioral Sciences - 6 hours (2 approved courses from 2 disciplines)
(exemptions granted in area(s) of student’s major & minor field(s) of study)
America and the Western heritage 6 hours
- American History - 3 hours (approved course--see note below)
- Western Civilization - 3 hours (approved course)
Human diversity 6 hours
- Tolerance & Intolerance in the U.S. - 3 hours (approved course--see note below)
- Non-Western Civilizations - 3 hours (approved course)
Intellectual issues 6 hours
Advanced expository writing and oral proficiency (5 writing courses and one or more oral competency courses, as designated by the major’s department)
- For the current list of approved GE courses, see the approved courses page.
- General Education courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- One course can be used to satisfy two (or more) requirements, except that:
- No course satisfying the American History requirement will at the same time satisfy the Tolerance and Intolerance requirement (in Human Diversity).
- Courses that satisfy requirements for the major or minor can also be used to satisfy General Education requirements.
- General Education courses (with the exception of Intellectual Issues) can be taken off-campus, as long as approval is secured in advance.
- Passing scores on college-level competency exams (e.g., Advanced Placement or CLEP) may be used to earn credits and, where appropriate, satisfy General Education requirements.
- Waiver exams are given in the three Basic Skills areas (passing one of these exams satisfies a requirement but earns no credits for the student). Open to new students only.
- Math competency must be demonstrated by the student before she or he enrolls in any Math 106/206 course at Oswego.
- Foreign Language requirement can be satisfied by high school study of another language through Regents Level 4; high school study of two other languages (through Level 2 in each); or completion of a 102-level college language course or equivalent.
- Only students in Teacher Education or other programs leading to careers where there is likely to be significant contact with the hearing impaired may use ASL to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement.
- Intellectual Issues courses have as a prerequisite the completion of Basic Skills and Knowledge Foundations courses or permission of instructor.
GE 2000 Checklist
- On each line, designate the course taken or the other means by which the requirement has been satisfied (e.g., waiver exam, exemption).
- Students are advised to complete the basic skills, foreign language, and knowledge foundations requirements first.
- All students are entitled to one exemption in the knowledge foundations area. The specific exemption varies by major.
- Math “competency” must be demonstrated by the students before their being permitted to enroll in any approved Math 106/206 course for knowledge foundations.
- The two courses taken for natural sciences must come from two different areas (areas = biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics).
- The two courses taken for social & behavioral sciences must come from two different disciplines.
- A single course, including those in the major, may be used to satisfy two (or more) requirements, as long as it is on the approved list for those requirements (except for the American history offerings, which if used to satisfy American history cannot also be used to satisfy tolerance & intolerance in the U.S.).
- Intellectual Issues courses must be taken at Oswego.They have as a prerequisite completion of the basic skills and knowledge foundations courses or permission of the instructor.
- Courses for any Gen Ed requirement, except intellectual issues may, with prior approval, be taken off-campus.
- All or most of the entries in advanced expository writing will be courses in the student’s major. Consult departmental writing plans for specific course offerings.
- Gen Ed courses may NOT be taken pass-fail.
- Consult the Oral Communication Plan for each major to determine the course or courses designated as fulfilling this competency.
1. Writing __________________________
2. Computer Literacy _________________
3. Critical Thinking ___________________
4. Foreign language
5. Fine & Perf. Arts __________________
6. Humanities _______________________
7. Mathematics ______________________
8. Natural Sciences __________________________________
9. Soc. & Behav. Sci.__________________________________
America and Western heritage
10. American History __________________
11. Western Civilization _______________
12. Tol.& Intol. in U.S. ________________
13. Non-Western Civs _________________
Advanced expository writing