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All-University Liberal Education Requirements

 Approved AULER Courses | AULER Credit through Study Abroad | AULER Requirements Described | College of Arts & Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER)

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) as described below.

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. A complete list of currently approved AULER courses follows the table.


AULER Requirements by Areas and Semester Hours Required

AP indicates that AP credit is available in these categories.
*Students are reminded that they will be eligible for election to the UNCG chapter or 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.

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.

3 sem hours
British or American Literature (BL)

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

3 sem hours AP
Fine Arts (FA)

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

3 sem hours AP
Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP)

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.

3 sem hours AP
Mathematics (MT)

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

3 sem hours AP
Natural Science (NS)

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

6 sem hours AP
Non-Western Studies (NW)

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

3 sem hours
Reasoning and Discourse (RD)

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

6 sem hours AP
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

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.

6 sem hours AP
World Literature (WL)

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

3 sem hours
6 sem hours
Total Semester Hours Required by AULER



Approved AULER Courses

As of the date of this publication, the following courses have been selected to satisfy the requirement in the areas designated. The appropriate distribution designation (AE, BL, FA, HP, MT, NS, NW, RD, SB, WL) also appears after the description of courses in the respective departments.

Approved AULER Courses by Area

Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE), 3 Semester Hours Required

Anthropology 213, 360

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre 379

Classical Civilization 350

Freshman Seminar in Analytic and Evaluative Studies 106

History 311, 360, 366

Honors 206

Philosophy 111, 119, 121, 220, 331, 359

Political Science 105

Religion 104, 107, 109, 110, 207, 232, 251, 309, 326, 328

Residential College 210-219

Women's Studies 350


British or American Literature (BL), 3 Semester Hours Required

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre 320

English 104, 105, 106, 107, 211, 212, 251, 252, 331, 339, 340, 341

Freshman Seminar in British or American Literature 110

Honors 210

Residential College 220-229


Fine Arts (FA), 3 Semester Hours Required

Art 100, 101, 323

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre 121, 171, 205, 221, 250, 323, 582

Dance 100, 200, 201, 202, 323

Freshman Seminar in Fine Arts 105

Honors 205

Music 214, 241, 323

Residential College 230-239


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP), 3 Semester Hours Required

African American Studies 100

Classical Civilization 201, 202, 211, 212, 220, 230, 323

Communication Studies 205

Freshman Seminar in Historical Perspectives on Western Culture 101, 102

Geography 102

German 215, 216

History 211, 212, 220, 221, 222, 223, 251, 252, 301, 302, 327, 335, 336, 357, 368, 369, 373, 374, 397

Honors 201, 202

Philosophy 251, 252

Religion 131, 202, 204, 210, 212, 215

Residential College 240-249

Western Civilization 101, 102


Mathematics (MT), 3 Semester Hours Required

Mathematics 112, 119, 120, 121, 191

Residential College 110-119

Statistics 108


Natural Science (NS), 6 Semester Hours Required

Anthropology 253, 331

Biology 105, 111, 112

Chemistry 103, 104, 106, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115

Freshman Seminar in Natural Science 104, 104L

Geography 103, 111, 111L, 311, 311L, 314, 314L

Honors 203, 204

Nutrition and Foodservice Systems 213

Physics 203, 205, 205L, 209, 211, 212, 235, 251, 252, 291, 292

Psychology 230

Residential College 250-259

Textile Products Design and Marketing 211


Non-Western Studies (NW), 3 Semester Hours Required

Anthropology 100, 325, 330, 333, 335, 337

Art 102

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre 586

Freshman Seminar in Non-Western Studies 109

Geography 104, 114, 303

History 203, 204, 215, 216, 239, 240, 361, 377, 381, 383, 384, 385, 386, 389

Honors 209

International Studies 233A

Music 343

Political Science 290, 391

Religion 111, 211, 218, 220, 221, 225, 250, 351

Residential College 260-269

Sociology 300

Textile Products Design and Marketing 121

Women's Studies 333


Reasoning and Discourse (RD), 6 Semester Hours Required

English 101 or Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse 103 or Residential College 101, and one of the following courses:

Communication Studies 105, 111, 341

English 102, 223

Freshman Seminars in Reasoning and Discourse 111

Philosophy 115, 310

Residential College 102


Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB), 6 Semester Hours Required

African American Studies 210

Anthropology 212, 258

Broadcasting/Cinema and Theatre 306

Communication Studies 200

Economics 101, 201, 202

Exercise and Sport Science 330

Freshman Seminar in Social and Behavioral Science 108

Geography 105, 202, 301, 344

Health 201, 260

Honors 208

Human Development and Family Studies 211, 212, 302

Political Science 100, 210, 240, 260

Psychology 121

Residential College 270-279

Sociology 101, 201, 222, 227

Social Work 311

Specialized Education Services 240


World Literature (WL), 3 Semester Hours Required

Classical Civilization 205, 227, 228, 305, 306, 321, 324, 325, 326

English 201, 202, 314, 315, 371

Freshman Seminar in World Literature 107

French 222, 323, 353, 354

German 217, 218, 221

Honors 207

Italian 222

Religious Studies 315

Residential College 280-289

Russian 201, 202, 313, 315, 316

Spanish 222, 351, 402, 403, 404, 405


Electives, 6 Semester Hours Required

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

Total Semester Hours Required for AULER: 45


AULER Credit Through Study Abroad

In addition to the above listed courses, students may receive AULER credit for courses taken in three overseas programs offered by the University's Office of International Programs:

Fall Semester in Britain

Language and Literature of Twentieth Century Criticism (FA)

European Nations and States (HP)

Sociology: European Social Structures (SB)

Political Science: British Institutions and Politics (SB)

Human Geography: The Making of Europe (HP)

Environmental Principles (NS)


Fall Semester in Finland

Cultures and Societies of Scandinavia (SB)

Indigenous Cultures of the Polar Region (NW)

Arts of Scandinavia (FA)

Finnish and Scandinavian Literature in Translation (WL)

Nordic Nature and Environment (NS)


Spring Semester in Poland

Arts in Contemporary Poland (FA)

Culture and Society in Contemporary Poland (SB)

Evolution of Political Systems in Eastern Europe (SB)

History of Poland (HP)

Transition of Central European Countries to Market Economies (SB)

Polish Literature in Translation (WL)

For information about these courses contact the Office of International Programs, 112 Foust Building, UNCG, 336/334-5404.


College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER)

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, communication and theatre, English, French, geography, German, Greek, history, interdepartmental studies, Latin, mathematics, medical technology, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, and women's studies are affected by these requirements. For these students the liberal education requirements total 54-55 hours, and are described in detail under the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who satisfy the College requirements will also satisfy the All-University requirements.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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