THE SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
GUIDE TO THE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

(From Engineering Faculty Document 55-98, April 26, 2001; List updated August 2009)

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 101) and oral communications (COM 114), 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 electives are required. (A list of preapproved courses is appended).
  2. Required Electives - Of the 18 credit hours total, 6 credit hours must satisfy the following required elective categories.
    • Economics Elective (3 crs.) - any approved economics course will satisfy this elective.
    • World Affairs and Cultures-WAC (3 crs.) - any approved course with strong international or cultural emphasis will satisfy this elective. (Preapproved WAC electives are shown in Bold on the General Education Elective list.)
  3. Depth and Breadth Requirements - Within the 18 credit hours, both depth and breadth must be demonstrated.
    • Depth - A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken in at least one department. This insures depth in at least one department.
    • Breadth - No more that 12 credit hours can be taken in one department. This insures exposure to at least two different departments.
  4. 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 (*).
  5. 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.
  6. Integrated Program - To encourage an integrated program, no more than 6 credit hours of general education electives can be taken in one semester.
  7. Consideration of Exceptions - The appended list of preapproved general education electives, while extensive, is not exhaustive. To have an unlisted course considered for approval, a written request should be submitted to Prof. Jones in ME 222.

    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, personal finance, personnel administration, band, and ROTC may be of value to mechanical engineering students but 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 ELECTIVES - 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.

      Courses in BOLD are approved for the World & Cultural Affairs Elective.

       

      Aerospace Studies AFT 351, 361

       

      Agricultural Economics AGEC *250, 340, 406, 410, 415, 423, 450

       

      Audiology and Speech Sciences ASL *101, 102, 201, 202, *280; SLHS *115, *227, 309, 368, 381, 401, 405; LING *201

       

      Communications COM *102, *204, 210, *212, *217, *224, 235, 240, *250, *251, 253, 256, 303, 312, 314, 316, 318, 320, 324, 325, 329, 330, 352, 372, 374, 376, 381, 412, 414, 416, 424, 435

       

      Consumer Sciences and Retailing CSR 342

       

      Creative Arts

      A&D *105, 106, *113, 114, *117, *119, *125, 200, 205, 206, 209, 213, *214, *215, *216, *217, 220, 221, *226, *227, 230, 235, *242, 245, 246, 250, 251, 253 *255, 259, 262, *265, *266, *270, *271, *275, 276, 307, 309, 311, 312, 316, 327, 330, 332, 333, 341, 342, 350, 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;


      DANC *101, *102, *103, *130, *135, 140, 201, 202, 203, *230, 240, 241, *250, 301, 302
      (Caution: Most DANC courses are only 1 or 2 credits)


      MUS *250, 361, 362, 363, 364, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378


      THTR 133, 136, 168, *201, *202, 213, 233, 260, 323, 333, 334, 336, 353, 380, 413, 433, 434, 440, 453, 480, 482, 493

       

      Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Science EAPS, 301


      Economics ECON *251, *252, 340, 352, 355, 361, 365, 368, 370, 371, 375, 380, 385, 415, 422, 456, 461, 466, 470, 471

       

      Educational and Psychological Studies EDPS, 300A, 315


      English ENGL *201, 205, *227, *230, *231, *232, *233, *234, *235, *237, *238, *239, *240, *241, *250, *257, *258, *262, *264, *266, *267, *276, *279, 286, 304, 305, 327, 331, 333, 335, 337, 350, 351, 352, 356, 358, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 368, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 379, 381, 382, 383, 386, 387, 396, 396M, 406, 407, 409, 411, 412, 413, 414 (now ENGL 466), 441, 442, 444, 455, 462, 463, 468, 469, 470

       

      Foreign Languages and Literatures (Credit cannot be obtained for a student’s native language(s))


      ARAB *101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302


      CHNS *101, 102, 201, 202, 220, 224, *230, *241, 280 *285, 301, 302, 305, 313, 341, 342


      CLCS *230, *237, 330, 331, 333, 335, 336, 337, 339, 385


      FLL *101, 102, 201, 202, *230, *233, *235, *239, *261, 331, 361, 368, 371, 490, 590


      FR *101, 102, 103, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 223, *230, *231, 241, 260, 301, 302, 330, 341, 342, 361, 362, 401, 402, 424, 443, 480


      GER *101, 102, 103, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 223, 224, *230, *231, 241, 301, 302, 323, 330, 341, 342, 385, 401, 402, 446, 480, 483


      GREK *101, 102, 201, 202, 344, 446


      HEBR *101, 102, 121, 201, 202


      ITAL *101, 102, 105, 112, 201, 202, 211, 212, 231, 241, 260, 301, 302, 330, 335, 341, 342, 393, 394


      JPNS *101, 102, 201, 202, *230, 241, *280, 301, 302, 341, 342, 361, 362, 363, 401, 402, 480


      LATN *101, 102, 201, 202, 343, 344, 345, 346, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446


      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, 224, 230, *231, *235, 241, 280, 301, 302, 330, 336, 341, 342, 361, 362, 401, 402, 480, 481, 482


      History HIST *102, *103, *104, *105, *151, *152, *228, *229, *240, *241, *243, *245, 250, *246, *271, *272, 290, 300, 302, 303, 304, 307, 312, 317, 318, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 365, 368, 371, 372, 375, 376, 377, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 391, 396, 398, 399, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 412, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 420, 427, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 450, 459, 460, 461, 463, 465, 467, 468, 470, 471, 472, 473, 475, 485, 492, 494

       

      Human Development and Family Studies HDFS *201, *210, *211, *255, 301, 311, 312, 315, 325, 411, 424, 430, 432, 434

       

      Interdisciplinary Studies


      African Studies and Research, AAS *271, IDIS 370, 371, 372, 373, 375, 376, 473; Medieval Studies, IDIS *220


      American Studies, AMST *201, IDIS 350, 351, 452; Science and Culture, IDIS *260


      Jewish Studies, IDIS 330; Woman’s Studies, IDIS *280, 380, 381, 480, 481, 482, 483

       

      Linguistics LING *201

       

      Naval Science NS *213, 413


      Organizational Leadership and Supervision OLS 274*, 284*, 386

       

      Philosophy PHIL *110, *111, *206, *219, *221, *225, *240, *242, *260, *270, *275, *280, *290, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 319, 330, 331, 402, 406, 411, 421, 425, 430, 431, 432, 435, 465

       

      Political Science POL *101, *120, *130, *141, 150, *190, 200, *222, *223, 230*231, *232, *235, *237, *290, 300, 301, 303, 304, 305, 314, 322, 323, 326, 327, 342, 344, 345, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 360, 370, 372, 373, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 423, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 437, 447, 453, 460, 461, 462

       

      Psychological Sciences PSY *120, 121, 200, 201, 213, 220, 222, 225, 230, 235, 236, 239, 240, 241, 242, 244, 250, 251, 272, 285, 310, 311, 314, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 342, 350, 351, 360, 361, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 370, 380, 388, 420, 425, 426, 428, 440, 442, 443, 444, 450, 473, 475, 476, 484, 485

       

      Religious Studies REL *200, *201, *204, 230, 231

       

      Sociology and Anthropology


      ANTH *100, *105, *201, *203, *204, *205, *210, *250, 303, 310, 311, 320, 335, 336, 337, 341, 350, 379, 404, 414, 415, 420, 425, 435, 436, 460, 473, 478, 479


      SOC *100, *220, 310, 312, 316, 324, 327, 328, 334, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 350, 356, 367, 368, 374, 402, 411, 416, 419, 420, 421, 425, 426, 450, 454, 474, 475

       

      Women's Studies, WOST 382