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  Feb 21, 2018
 
Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year

General Education Overview


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General Education: University Core Curriculum*


As the foundation of General Education, the University Core Curriculum engages students in the liberal arts tradition of transcending department and major by exploring new ways to understand their place in a complex world.  All freshmen are required to take the University Core Curriculum at Samford (22 credits). It is recommended that students be registered for Cultural Perspectives I (UCCP 101 ) in their first semester. They should also register for Communication Arts I (UCCA 101 ) or Communication Arts II (UCCA 102 ), depending on their placement. Students should consult their academic advisors for recommended scheduling.

Total Core Curriculum Credits: 22


Gen Ed Overview/Core Curriculum Notes:


General Education Overview and Core Curriculum Notes:

* Core curriculum requirements cannot be met through transient enrollment.

** Placement into UCCA 102 , bypassing the requirement to complete UCCA 101 , will reduce the Core Curriculum hours to 18, but does not exempt students from the minimum number of hours required for their chosen degree program (usually 128). These students may need to complete an additional four hours of General Electives to meet that minimum 128-credit requirement.

*** Four (4) credits of language are required (202 or higher for most programs; 102 or higher for selected programs). However, many students will complete up to 16 language credits. These additional credits will be applied to the General Electives block of the student’s program, if applicable.

† See below for a list of approved courses in each distribution area.

General Education: Distribution Areas †


The standard general education curriculum for Samford students is detailed below and, as such, is part of most degree programs offered. However, some schools, departments, degrees, majors, or minors may require variations to the standard. Please consult those department sections to see how general education variations may apply. See footnotes for additional information.

Mathematics: 4 Credits


(select one course)

Fine Arts: 3 Credits


(select one course)

Total Gen Ed Distribution Area Credits: 27


Gen Ed Distribution Requirement Notes:


*INTL 360 is applicable to either the social science or humanities general education requirement, but cannot be used to satisfy both.


** Languages

Language Requirement: A placement exam alone cannot satisfy this requirement for most majors (see Exceptions). For more info, see the World Languages and Cultures  section.

Language Credits: Four (4) credits of language are required (202 or higher for most programs; 102 or higher for selected programs). However, many students will complete up to 16 language credits. These additional credits will be applied to the General Electives block of the student’s program, if applicable.

Languages Accepted: All languages offered by Samford (if offered up through the 202 or higher level) are applicable to this requirement, not just those noted above. For a complete list of languages, see the Classics Religion , and World Languages and Cultures  sections.

Exceptions: Students in the School of Business are exempt from completion of a 4-credit language course if placement scores are sufficient.


Double-Dipping Note: Students may not “double-dip” by counting a course for credit in both their major and as a general education distribution requirement, unless otherwise noted in the department section. They may, however, count a general education course towards a minor or a second major, with the exception of students minoring in English or history.

University Fellows Note: University Fellows students follow a unique core curriculum, but adhere to the general education distribution requirements of the various degree programs, as necessary. See the University Fellows Program  section for more information.

Study Abroad Note: Courses in London and other international settings may meet general education distribution requirements for humanities, social science, and natural and computational science, subject to approval by the department chair of the course equivalent.

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