All-University Liberal Education
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
International Studies 233A
Political Science 290, 391
Religion 111, 211, 218, 220, 221, 225, 250, 351
Residential College 260-269
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
Human Development and Family Studies 211, 212, 302
Political Science 100, 210, 240, 260
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
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.