General Education Requirements

The General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC) approved a revised set of general education requirements for the University of Connecticut, which came into effect in May 2005. In addition to the minimum requirements set out by GEOC, CLAS has additional requirements that students must fulfill in order to graduate with a CLAS degree. Below are the competencies and content areas that CLAS students must fulfill.

Courses approved after the 2020-2021 catalog publication deadline which will satisfy general education for all students include (courses in italics meet more than one general education content area):

Content Area 1


MUSI 1120 CA1-A

ENGL 2640 CA1-B

ENGL 3640 CA1-B

ILCS 3248/W CA1-B

HIST 1200 CA1-C

HIST 2222E CA1-C

HEJS 2200 CA1-E

Content Area 2

ECON 1001

Content Area 3 non lab

GSCI 2800

NUSC 1645

Content Area 4


HIST 2570

Content Area 4 International

ILCS 3248/W

HEJS 2200

HIST 1200

HIST 2222E



Second Language Competency
  • 3 years of a second language (high school)
  • 2 years of a second language (high school) plus 2 semesters of intermediate college level (same language)
  • 2 semesters (elementary) and 2 semesters (intermediate) college level second language
  • Completion of language equivalency exam

(click here for an overview of options for completing the second language requirement)

Writing Competency (W)
  • English 91002 and 91003 (transfer courses) OR
  • English 1010 or 1011
  • 2 “W” (writing intensive) courses, one of which must be an approved ‘W’ in the major.
Quantitative Competency (Q)
  • 3 “Q” courses, one of which must be Mathematics or Statistics
Environmental Literacy (E)
  • 1 “E” course



Arts & Humanities
  • 5 courses; one each from Arts, Literature, History, Philosophical/Ethical Analysis; the additional course may be from one of these four groups or from the World Cultures category.
Social Sciences
  • 2 courses from 2 different academic units.
Science & Technology
  • BA: 2 laboratory sciences courses from different academic units or 1 laboratory science and 1 non-laboratory science course from different academic units.
  • BS: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics sequences, plus one Biology course.
Multiculturalism & Diversity
  • 2 courses, at least one of which come from the International category.



Related Documents:

2020 – 2021 CLAS Gen Ed Audit Sheet