General Education Courses

Approved for all schools within Purdue's College of Engineering.


The General Education Program for Engineering Students

Humanities and social sciences courses encompass the breadth of human experience and culture, both past and present, including individual behavior, social and political structures, aesthetic values, modes and dynamics of communication, philosophical and ethical thought, and cognitive processes. Such courses are an integral part of all engineering curricula which complements technical and professional content by enabling engineering students to appreciate the world in which they live and work, and to contribute as both educated members of society and aware, ethical professionals. Humanities and social sciences courses also provide a framework for rational inquiry, critical evaluation, judgment and decisions when dealing with issues that are non-quantifiable, ambiguous, or controversial. Of equal importance, they offer opportunities for engineering students to develop interests and insights that guide, enrich, and expand their perceptions of the world they live in.

To these ends, all B.S. students in the College of Engineering are required to complete a general education program of 18 credit hours in approved humanities and social sciences electives. Students are strongly encouraged to develop a coherent general education plan, and distribute their general education credits throughout their academic program.

Courses Eligible Under the General Education Program

Condition 1 of the General Education program (EFD 55-98) states: "Courses [used to satisfy the General Education Program] must be drawn from those offered by the departments of Agricultural Economics, Audiology and Speech Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies, Communication, Economics, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology, and Visual and Performing Arts. Any course offered by these departments is allowable, provided that it is open to students in the offering department and is not focused primarily on professional training, natural science or mathematics."

This list represents a consensus across all of the Schools of Engineering of courses that are approved as General Education Electives in Engineering. This list is maintained by the Engineering Education Committee and will be updated every two years.


SOCIAL SCIENCES
Subject Area Course Number
AGEC 250, 296, 340, 406, 410, 415, 423, 450
ANTH 100, 105, 203, 204, 205, 250, 303, 320, 335, 336, 341, 350, 368, 379, 390, 392, 404, 414, 415, 420, 425, 435, 436, 460, 473, 478, 479
ASL 101, 102, 201, 202, 280
AUS 115, 309, 401, 419
AUSL 227, 368, 381
CDFS 201, 210, 211, 255, 301, 311, 312, 315, 325, 411, 424, 430, 432, 434
COM 204, 210, 212, 224, 240, 250, 251, 253, 256, 303, 312, 314, 316, 318, 320, 324, 325, 329, 330, 351, 352, 368, 372, 374, 376, 381, 412, 414, 416, 424, 435, 491
ECON 251, 252, 340, 352, 355, 361, 365, 368, 370, 375, 380, 385, 422, 456, 461, 466, 470, 471
POL 101, 120, 130, 141, 190, 200, 221, 222, 223, 230, 231, 232, 235, 237, 290, 300, 301, 303, 304, 314, 320, 322, 323, 326, 327, 338, 342, 344, 345, 347, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 360, 364, 370, 371, 372, 373, 380, 410, 411, 412, 413, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 423, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 449, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 460, 461, 462, 463, 493
PSY 120, 121, 200, 213, 220, 235, 236, 239, 240, 241, 242, 250, 251, 285, 310, 311, 314, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 350, 360, 361, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 370, 372, 380, 388, 391, 392, 415, 420, 425, 426, 428, 440, 442, 443, 444, 450, 463, 464, 473, 475, 476, 484, 485, 493
SOC 100, 220, 310, 312, 316, 324, 328, 334, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 350, 367, 368, 374, 391, 402, 411, 416, 419, 420, 421, 425, 426, 429, 450, 454, 474, 475, 493

Please Note: Introductory courses are shown in normal font; non-introductory courses in bold font. Departments with courses considered to have global/societal content have their desigators italicized.

Engineering Policy futher requires:

  1. At least 9 credit hours of courses with global/societal content must be taken.
  2. At least 6 credit hours must be taken and no more than 12 credit hours may be taken in one department.
  3. At least 6 credit hours of non-introductory courses must be taken.
  4. If a foreign language is taken, at least 6 credit hours are required in the same language. Credit is not allowed for language courses in the student's native
    tongue(s), but literature, culture, drama and related courses are allowed.
  5. Credit by examination or granted credit, conditioned solely at the discretion of the awarding department, can be used to satisfy any part of the requirement.
  6. No course may be used more than once, even if the offering department allows it to be repeated for credit.

HUMANITIES
Subject Area Course Number
A&D 105, 106, 125, 200, 205, 206, 207, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 221, 226, 227, 230, 235, 242, 245, 246, 250, 255, 259, 262, 265, 266, 270, 271, 275, 276, 307, 311, 312, 314, 316, 327, 330, 332, 333, 341, 342, 350, 351, 353, 357, 358, 359, 362, 363, 365, 366, 368, 369, 370, 371, 376, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 390, 391, 395, 398, 400, 421, 442, 450, 451, 452, 454, 455, 458, 462, 468, 470, 475, 476, 485, 490, 492
ARAB 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
CHNS 101, 102, 201, 202, 220, 230, 241, 280, 285, 301, 302, 305, 313, 341, 342, 490, 493
CLCS 230, 237, 330, 331, 335, 336, 337, 385
DANC 101, 102, 103, 130, 140, 201, 202, 203, 240, 241, 250, 301, 302
ENGL 201, 227, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 250, 257, 258, 262, 264, 266, 267, 276, 279, 304, 305, 327, 331, 333, 335, 337, 350, 351, 352, 356, 358, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 368, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 379, 381, 382, 383, 386, 387, 396, 406, 407, 409, 411, 412, 413, 414, 441, 442, 444, 455, 460, 462, 463, 466, 468, 469, 470
FLL 101, 102, 201, 202, 230, 233, 235, 239, 261, 331, 361, 368, 371, 490
FR 101, 102, 103, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 230, 231, 241, 260, 280, 301, 302, 330, 341, 342, 361, 362, 380, 394, 396, 401, 402, 443, 480
GER 101, 102, 103, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 230, 231, 241, 260, 280, 301, 302, 323, 330, 341, 342, 360, 385, 401, 402, 441, 442, 446, 480, 483
GREK 101, 102, 201, 202, 344, 446, 490
HEBR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 102, 103, 104, 105, 151, 152, 228, 229, 240, 241, 243, 245, 271, 272, 290, 302, 303, 307, 312, 317, 318, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 365, 366, 368, 371, 372, 376, 377, 381, 382, 383, 385, 386, 387, 391, 396, 398, 399, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 412, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 420, 427, 438, 439, 440, 441, 443, 450, 460, 461, 463, 465, 467, 468, 469, 471, 472, 473, 475, 492, 493, 494, 497
IDIS 220, 260, 271, 280, 330, 370, 371, 371F, 372, 373, 375, 376, 378, 380, 381, 420, 460, 473, 480, 481, 482, 483, 490, 490B
ITAL 101, 102, 105, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 231, 241, 260, 301, 302, 330, 335, 341, 342, 394
JPNS 101, 102, 201, 202, 230, 241, 280, 301, 302, 341, 342, 361, 362, 368, 401, 402, 480, 490
LATN 101, 102, 201, 202, 343, 344, 345, 346, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 490, 492
MUS 250, 361, 362, 363, 364, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 490
PHIL 110, 111, 206, 219, 221, 225, 240, 242, 260, 270, 275, 280, 290, 293, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 319, 330, 331, 402, 406, 411, 421, 425, 430, 431, 432, 435, 465, 490, 493
PTGS 101, 102, 105, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212
RUSS 101, 102, 111, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 223, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 236, 237, 241, 281, 289, 301, 302, 330, 341, 342, 361, 362, 401, 402, 480
SPAN 101, 102, 103, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 230, 231, 235, 241, 260, 280, 301, 302, 330, 335, 341, 342, 361, 362, 401, 402, 480, 481, 482
THTR 168, 201, 202, 213, 233, 260, 323, 333, 334, 336, 380, 413, 433, 434, 440, 480

Please Note: Introductory Courses are shown in normal font; non-introductory courses in bold font. Departments with courses considered to have global/societal content have their desigators italicized.


To the Academic Advisor: Courses not appearing on this list may be approved as General Education Electives depending on your school�s particular requirements. Questions about the acceptability of a course not on this list should be directed to your School representative on the Engineering Education Committee, or the Chair of your school's Undergraduate Committee.

To the Student: You may petition to take courses not appearing on this list as General Education Electives. Please contact your Academic Advisor for details. However, if you are in the First-Year Engineering Program or considering a CODO, you are advised to take only courses that appear on this list.

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