General Education & CLAS Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education can be a little tricky due to certain overlapping rules, but for English majors it presents a lot of opportunities.

First of all, there are University requirements that all KU students must meet—University Core, University Distribution electives, and the Competencies.

  • The University Core establishes fundamental skills in four areas—speaking, writing, computation, and wellness.
  • The University Distribution represents the basis of a well-rounded education. In this block there are a couple things English majors should watch. In line II.C, the Humanities requirement, English majors can take an additional English course, but they should avoid English 010 Introduction to Literature, as that course is designed with non-majors in mind. English majors are encouraged to consider a Professional Writing Minor, so WRI courses can be slotted in to meet the II.C requirement. In addition, language courses may be used to meet this requirement as well as the Free elective.
  • The third portion of the university requirement represent a series of fundamental competencies that all KU graduates should possess—Writing (WI), Computation (QL/CP), Multimodal Communication (VL/CM), Cultural Diversity (CD), and Critical Thinking (CT). These are not extra classes; rather, they are skills cultivated in certain elective classes. The classes that you take to fulfill your competency requirements are up to you. English majors have little trouble fulfilling most requirements, WI, CD, and CT. A film class will easily fulfill the VL. ENG 265 Research Writing in the Humanities fulfills the CP.

College of Liberal Arts & Science Requirements

The next section of your degree is your College requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. This extends the basic requirements for a well-rounded education. Our college, LAS, requires an additional 9 credits of social sciences, 6 more credits of humanities, 6 credits of a foreign language at the intermediate level (103/104) a science class with a lab, a math or science elective, and 6 free elective credits. There are some tricky rules in this section that all English majors should be aware of.

For your science and math classes, make sure that you take 1 physical science (Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, etc) and 1 Biological science between the university and the college requirements. Also, if you don’t take a QL/CP course elsewhere, the math/science slot is a good one for that.

The social science requirements are pretty self explanatory, but for the humanities a couple points bear noting. First, as with the university II.C humanities requirement, WRI and courses can count in IV.C.1. In IV.C.2 you cannot use language instruction courses, so aside from Philosophy, advanced Modern Language courses in film and literature are popular, particularly for those who take a modern language minor.

In addition, HUM 380, can be used to get credit toward your major with real-world professional experience. Talk to your advisor about getting college credit for an internship.