All-University Programs

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements are designed to give all students who graduate from the University the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of areas of study that have traditionally been regarded as basic to a university education. This general knowledge base requires study in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and the tools of language and thought. It complies with 1987 Texas legislation requiring each state-supported institution to establish a "core curriculum. . .in the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences, and political, social, and cultural history."

Within the General Education curriculum, every student must include at least one 3-hour multicultural course that focuses explicitly on the distinctive subcultures of the U.S. or on the culture of another society. Many courses fulfill a General Education Requirement and at the same time satisfy the multicultural emphasis. Students should check with an advisor for appropriate courses.

Students should choose only those General Education Requirement courses that follow their degree plans.

The following courses have been approved for General Education Requirements:

A.Basic Skills

1. Written Communication (6 hours)
ENGL 1301, 1302
In addition to the 6 hours of composition and rhetoric, a writing-across-the-curriculum requirement includes 6 hours of writing-intensive courses in the major.

2. Oral Communication (3 hours)
COMS 2300, 3308
HDFS 2320
MGT 3373
PETR 3308

3. Mathematics and Logical Reasoning
(6 hours, at least 3 of which must be mathematics)
AAEC 3401
I E 3341
Mathematics courses, 1320 or above
MUTH 3303
PHIL 2310, 4310
PSY 3403
SOC 3391

B.Science and
Technology

1. Natural (Laboratory) Science (8 hours)
ANTH 2300 & 2100
ASTR 1300 & 1100, 1301 & 1101
ATMO 1300 & 1100
BIOL 1313 & 1113, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404
CHEM 1305 & 1105, 1306 & 1106, 1307 & 1107, 1308 & 1108
GEOG 1301 & 1101, 1302 & 1102
GEOL 1303 & 1101, 1304 & 1102
HONS 2305 & 2115, 2306 & 2116
PHYS 1303 & 1101, 1306 & 1103, 1307 & 1104, 1308 & 1105, 1406, 2301 & 1106
PSS 1411, 2330 & 2130, 2401, 3402
ZOOL 2403

2. Technology and Applied Science (3hours)
AGED 4302
AGSM 2302, 3303, 4302
ANSC 1401, 2303, 3402
ARCH 2351, 2352
ATMO 2301, 3301
C E 1130
CH E 1305
CHEM 1303, 3305
C S 1300, 1462, 3368
CTEC 1312, 2301
EDIT 2318
E E 1305
F&N 2310
FD T 2300, 2302, 3301, 3303
FFP 2310
GEOG 3353, 4401
GEOL 3323
G PH 2300
GTEC 1312
HONS 3302
I D 4383
I E 1305, 3351, 4363
ISQS 2440, 3344
MATH 3430
MBIO 4307
MUCP 3001
M E 1305, 3321
MTEC 1312
MUSI 3341, 3342
PETR 1305
PHIL 3330
PHYS 1305
PSS 1321, 2311, 2312, 2321, 2432
RHIM 1303
RWFM 2301, 2302, 2305, 4314
TELE 3300, 3310
TH A 3304

C.Understanding Societies and Cultures

1. Historical Consciousness (American History, 6 hours)


Under state law all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University must complete 6 hours in American history. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing HIST 2300 and 2301. However, this requirement may be satisfied by juniors and seniors by completing any 6 hours from among the American history courses listed under the Department of History portion of the catalog. Also, 3 semester hours of Texas history HIST 3310 may be substituted for 3 of the American history hours.

2. Political Science (U.S. and Texas, 6hours)
POLS 1301, 2302


Under state law, all students also must have received credit for 6 semester hours in political science, covering the federal and Texas constitutions. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing POLS 1301, which is a prerequisite for all other political science courses, and POLS 2302. If a student earns a grade of A or B in POLS 1301, he or she may substitute in place of POLS 2302 one of the upper-level courses marked with an asterisk in the course list under the Department of Political Science portion of the catalog. (Permission of the instructor may be required for such substitution.)

3. Individual or Group Behavior (3 hours)
AAEC 2305
ADV 4313
ANTH 1301, 2301, 2302, 3303, 3305, 3306, 3308, 3315, 3331, 3332, 3345, 3371, 4372
ARCH 1311
ART 3311, 4315
COMS 1302, 3300, 3303, 3305, 3306, 3310, 3312, 3313, 3316
ECO 2301, 2302, 2305
EDSE 2300
EPSY 3330
ESS 3307, 3308
F&N 4380
F S 2322, 3320, 3321, 3322, 3325, 3332
GEOG 2351, 3337, 3360
H D 2303, 3301
HDFS 3331
HLTH 1305, 1306, 2302, 3325
HONS 3303
I E 3301, 4361
JOUR 4330
PHIL 3321, 3331
POLS 3326, 3341, 3351, 3361, 3371
PSY 1300, 2300, 2301, 3300, 4300, 4325, 4330


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