THE SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
GUIDE TO THE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Students admitted to ME prior to Fall 2014, click here.  Students admitted to ME on or after Fall 2014, see below. 

The Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering curriculum includes a strong component in General Education to provide students an integrated and well-rounded program in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Following completion of the required freshman year courses in written communications (ENGL 106 or other approved option) and oral communications (COM 114 or other approved option), each student, with the assistance of an academic advisor, selects six three-credit hour courses to satisfy the General Education component of the ME curriculum.

Program Requirements

  1. Credit Requirements - A minimum of 18 credit hours in approved humanities and social sciences selectives are required. (A list of preapproved courses is appended below).
  2. Required Selectives - Of the 18 credit hours total, 6 credit hours must satisfy the following required selective categories.
    • Economics Selective (3 crs.) - either ECON 25100 "Microeconomics" or ECON 252 "Macroeconomics" will satisfy the Economics Slective.  The course chosen will also satisfy the Human Cultures: Behavior/Social Sciences (BSS) Foundational Outcome.
    • World Affairs and Cultures Selective-WAC (3 crs.) - any course on the pre-approved WAC list will satisfy this requirement as well as the Human Cultures: Humanities (H) Foundational Outcome.
  3. Non-Introductory Course Requirements - At least 6 credit hours must come from non-introductory courses.
    • Non-Introductory Courses (Minimum of 6 credits) - Preapproved courses at the 300-level or above, or lower-division courses with a required prerequisite in the same department.
    • Introductory Courses (Maximum of 12 credits) - Preapproved lower-division (100 or 200 level) courses with no prerequisite in the same department. All Introductory Courses are indicated by an asterisk (*).
  4. Foreign Language Requirement - If a foreign language course is used to satisfy part of the requirements, at least 6 credit hours must be taken in the same language (e.g., to receive credit for SPAN 101 you must complete SPAN 102). Also, credit is not allowed for language courses in the student's native tongue(s), although literature, culture, drama and related courses are allowed.
  5. Integrated Program - To encourage an integrated program, no more than 6 credit hours of general education electives can be taken in one semester.
  6. Consideration of Exceptions - The appended list of preapproved general education selectives, while extensive, is not exhaustive. To have an unlisted course considered for approval, a written request should be submitted to Prof. Jones in ME 2008.

    Selection of a suitable set of humanities and/or social science courses presents some students with a challenge. It is difficult to select 6 courses from among several hundred; a frequently used method is to pick a course which has a reputation for being easy, requiring minimal work, and guaranteeing a high grade. Selecting approximately 15 percent of the total credits required for graduation by this method is not wise. The guidelines listed below are intended to assist in planning an effective General Education program:

    1. Explore Areas of Interest - The student should explore different areas in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences.
    2. Develop a Coherent Program - The program should have a unified framework and constitute a coherent educational experience. You may want to consider getting a minor in one of the departments listed below. If you are interested in a minor, please see the offering department for details of the requirements.
    3. Non-Approved Subjects - Courses treating subjects such as accounting, management, personnel administration, band, and ROTC may be of value to mechanical engineering students but most do not fulfill the purpose of the General Education program.
    4. Grade Options - The pass/not pass option may not be used for any courses required for graduation. All courses counted toward any graduation requirement must be taken for a grade. However, any extra courses not being utilized for graduation may be taken pass/not pass.


      GENERAL EDUCATION SELECTIVES - PREAPPROVED HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES

      Note: Appropriate 500 level courses may also be approved by the student’s advisor.

      *Introductory courses are preceded by an asterisk.

      Aerospace Studies (AFT):  35100, 36100

      African American Studies (AAS): *27100, All 300-level or higher AAS courses.

      Agricultural Economics (AGEC): *25000, 34000, 40600, 41000, 41500, 45000

      American Sign Language (ASL): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, *28000

      American Studies (AMST): *20100, 30100

      Anthropology (ANTH): *10000, *20100, *20300, *20400, *20500, *21000, *23000, *23500, *25000, *28200, All 300-level or higher ANTH courses.

      Arabic (ARAB): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, All 300-level or higher ARAB courses.

      Art and Design (AD): *10500, 10600, *11300, *11900, *12500, 13000, 20000, 20500, 20600, 21300, *21500, 22000, 22200, *22600, *22700, 23000, *23300, 23500, *23600, 24000, *24200, 24600, 25000, 25100, *25500, 25600, 26000, 26200, *26500, *26600, *26700, *27000, *27100, *27500, 28500, All 300-level or higher AD classes.

      Chinese (CHNS): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, 22000, 22400, *23000, *24100, 28000, *28500, All 300-level or higher CHNS courses.

      Classics (CLCS): *23000, *23700, 33000, 33100, 33300, 33500, 33600, 33700, 33900, 38500

      Communications (COM): *10200, *20400, 21000, *21200, *21700, *22400, 23500, 24000, *25000, *25100, 25300, 25600, All 300-level or higher COM courses.

      Consumer Sciences and Retailing (CSR): 34200

      Dance (DANC): *10100, *10200, *10300, *13000, *13500, 14000, 14400, 20100, 20200, 20300, *23000, 24000, 24100, *25000, All 300-level or higher DANC courses.  (Caution: Most DANC courses are only 1 or 2 credits)

      Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Science (EAPS): 30100, 37500

      Economics (ECON): *25100, *25200, All 300-level or higher ECON courses, except for ECON 45100.

      Educational and Psychological Studies (EDPS): 30000, 31500

      English (ENGL): *20100, 20500, *22700, *23000, *23100, *23200, *23300, *23400, *23500, *23700, *23800, *23900, *24000, *24100, *25000, *25700, *25800, *26200, *26400, *26600, *26700, *27600, *27900, 28600, All 300-level or higher ENGL courses.

      Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, *23000, *23300, *23500, *23900, *26100, All 300-level or higher FLL courses.

      French (FR): *10100, 10200, 10300, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, 22300, *23000, *23100, 24100, 26000, All 300-level or higher FR courses.

      General Studies (GS): *10000, *10100

      German (GER): *10100, 10200, 10300, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, 22300, 22400, *23000, *23100, 24100, 28000, All 300-level or higher GER courses.

      Greek (GREK): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, All 300-level or higher GREK courses.

      Hebrew (HEBR): *10100, 10200, 12100, 20100, 20200, All 300-level HEBR courses.

      History (HIST): *10200, *10300, *10400, *10500, *15100, *15200, *22800, *22900, *24000, *24100, *24300, *24500, *24600, 25000, *27100, *27200, 29000, All 300-level or higher HIST courses.

      Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS): *20100, *21000, *25500, 26000, *28000, All 300-level or higher HDFS courses.

      Italian (ITAL): *10100, 10200, 10500, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, 23100, 24100, 26000, All 300-level or higher ITAL courses.

      Japanese (JPNS): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, *23000, 24100, *28000, All 300-level or higher JPNS courses.

      Jewish Studies (JWST): 33000

      Latin (LATN): *10100, 10200, 20100, 20200, All 300-level or higher LATN courses.

      Linguistics (LING): *20100

      Music History and Theory (MUS): *25000, 26100, All 300-level or higher MUS courses.

      Naval Science (NS): *21300, *21400, 41300, 44000

      Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS): *27400, *28400, 38600

      Philosophy (PHIL): *11000, *11100, *11400, *20600, *21900, *22100, *22500, *23000, *23100, *24000, *24200, *26000, *27000, *27500, *28000, *29000, All 300-level or higher PHIL courses.

      Political Science (POL): *10100, *12000, *13000, *14100, 15000, *19000, 20000, *22200, *22300, 23000, *23100, *23200, *23500, *23700, *29000, All 300-level or higher POL courses.

      Portuguese (PTGS): *10100, 10200, 10500, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, All 300-level or higher PTGS courses.

      Psychological Sciences (PSY): *12000, 12100, 20000, 20100, 21300, 22000, 22200, 22500, 23000, 23500, 23600, 23900, 24000, 24100, 24200, 24400, 25000, 25100, 27200, 28500, All 300-level or higher PSY courses.

      Religious Studies (REL): *20000, *20100, *20300, *20400, 23000, 23100, 25000, All 300-level or higher REL courses.

      Russian (RUSS): *10100, 10200, *11100, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, 22300, *23000, *23100, *23200, *23300, *23400, *23600, *23700, 24100, *28100, *28900, All 300-level or higher RUSS courses.

      Sociology (SOC): *10000, *22000, *27500, All 300-level or higher SOC courses.

      Spanish (SPAN): *10100, 10200, 10300, 11200, 20100, 20200, 21100, 21200, 22400, 23000, *23100, *23500, 24100, 28000, All 300-level or higher SPAN courses.

      Speech Language and Hearing Science (SLHS): *11500, *22700, 30900

      Theatre (THTR): *13300, *16000, *20100, 21300, 23300, *25300, *25400, *25600, *26300, *26400, 27000, All 300-level or higher THTR courses.

      Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS): *28000, *28200, All 300-level or higher WGSS courses.