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All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER)

Academic Programs and Units Contents

Undergraduates who initiated college-level course work from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions Fall 1991 and thereafter must meet All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER).

Forty-five semester hours of course work comprise a minimal core of fundamental knowledge and intellectual skills which the faculty at UNCG believe all university-educated persons should possess. These hours are organized into the areas described on the following page. Courses satisfying these requirements have been approved by the appropriate University Instructional Area committee, the College Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Each committee has reviewed from a different perspective the courses proposed. Guidelines followed in the selection process included: selecting only those courses considered to be fundamental, basic, and central to the instructional category; keeping the number of courses in each category as small as possible, emphasizing breadth of coverage rather than depth of examination; and, preferring courses open to freshmen and sophomores that have no prerequisites.

All undergraduate degree programs have AULER requirements. With few exceptions, the full 45 semester hours are required. Certain professional programs have been permitted to reduce slightly the number of AULER credits required in order to meet accreditation or licensing standards. Such exceptions are clearly noted in the descriptions of these special professional programs. In addition, programs in the College of Arts and Sciences may exceed the requirements in several categories. These differences are noted in the appropriate description of College/School requirements for a particular program.

The list of courses which satisfy AULER may be modified from time to time. The student's advisor is an additional source of information on the status of courses which currently meet the requirements.

The following table provides a brief description of each Liberal Education Requirement Area as well as indicating the number of semester hours which are required in that area. See a complete list of currently approved AULER courses.

AULER Requirements by Areas
Sem Hrs Required
1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE)

A study of abstract systems of thought and evaluative concepts fundamental to intellectual inquiry and values: includes ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, historiography, religious thought and traditions, and cultural anthropology.

2. British or American Literature (BL)

A study of selected major works of prose and poetry written in Britain or the United States.

3. Fine Arts (FA)

A study of how ideas and feelings are shaped into artistic form in the visual arts, theatre, cinema, dance, or music.

4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture

A study from an historical point of view of formative periods in Western culture, looking at fundamental ideas, institutions, philosophical traditions, or literary and artistic masterpieces.

5. Mathematics

A study of major concepts, theories, methods, and applications of the mathematical sciences.

6. Natural Science

A study of basic physical or biological sciences with attention to the methods of scientific investigation.

7. Non Western Studies

A study of fundamental cultural forms, expression, socio-political structures, and habits of mind that are distinctly different from Western cultural traditions.

8. Reasoning and Discourse

Training in reasoning well, reading critically, writing cogently, or speaking persuasively.

9. Social and Behavioral Sciences

A study of individuals, society, and human institutions and systems with an emphasis on the effect of social and environmental factors on individual experiences and behavior, and on the structures and mechanisms of societies.

10. World Literature

A study of selected major works of prose and poetry written outside of Britain and the United States.

11. Electives

Six additional hours in a foreign language* at any level or from any of the areas specified above.

Total Semester Hours Required by AULER

Indicates that AP credit is available in these categories; see Advanced Placement - Course Credit

* Students are reminded that they will be eligible for election to the UNCG chapter of Phi Beta Kappa only if they have completed the equivalent of six semester hours of foreign language study at the intermediate (203-204) college level.

CLER: College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements

Additional liberal education requirements have been established by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who are undecided as to a major as well as those majoring in anthropology, art, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, broadcasting, computer science, English, French, geography, German, Greek, history, interdepartmental studies, Latin, mathematics, medical technology, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, theatre, and women's studies are affected by these requirements.

For these students the liberal education requirements total 54-55 hours; see College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements. Students who satisfy the College requirements will also satisfy the All-University requirements.


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