Information for Students

Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements

The College’s general education distribution requirement provides a measure of structure by specifying which fields of learning every student must include, but allows each student the flexibility to select specific courses from among those approved for inclusion in each of the seven distribution areas. General education courses are designed to provide students with a solid foundation for further study as well as allow for intellectual exploration within the liberal arts and sciences. General education coursework in the liberal arts and sciences is an essential part of each undergraduate’s education at the College of Charleston.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education requirement serves all students, regardless of major, and assures that students are exposed to a breadth of intellectual inquiry distributed across seven areas of the curriculum:  

Students must fulfill the general education requirements in effect at the time of their matriculation at the College of Charleston. Matriculation is defined as the first term of degree seeking enrollment or first term of readmission at the College. The general education requirements catalog year remains fixed during the period of time a student is continuously enrolled.

Each year faculty review courses that satisfy general education degree requirements, and course additions or deletions may be made. Student should consult their degree audit in Degree Works and the General Education Requirements. 

Questions regarding general education degree requirements or approved courses can be emailed to gened@cofc.edu.

All undergraduate A.B., B.A., B.G.S., and B.S. degrees require students to complete the General Education Requirements outlined in the CofC Catalog.


Aside from exposing you to the research topics and methods of the various disciplines, your General Education courses will engage you in conversations and concepts that are important to responsible citizens of contemporary society. Every course will approach these big ideas differently, in ways appropriate to that discipline and the course context. During this academic year, several General Education courses all intentionally engage with the idea of diversity.

Explore the current and upcoming Diversity-Focused General Education Courses.

The definition, context, and relevant content will change from course to course, but in each one students will discuss diversity as it is understood in that discipline and consider how those ideas can be applied outside the classroom. See the college catalog for the official course descriptions and for the General Education requirement they fulfill.