General Education Requirements
1. Three options are available for completing the Subgroup IV-B requirement.
Subgroup IV-B may be completed by a minimum of 3 hours of approved study abroad experience.Appropriate experiences include study at any institution of higher education located outside the United States or Canada (except Quebec), or study in a CMU faculty-led course taught outside the United States or Canada (except Quebec) and approved by the General Education Sub-Committee. Such study is administered through the Office of International Education.
Subgroup IV-B requirements can be met by completion of 3 credits of an internship, practicum, service learning, other resident program among members of a culture substantially different than the student’s own within the United States. Credit for study in such a culture will be determined on application to the General Education Sub-Committee. Applications are available in the Academic Senate Office.
Subgroup IV-B may be completed by a minimum of 3 hours of approved coursework in global cultures or foreign language. These courses are listed on page 45 of this Bulletin.
If you are interested in participating in international programs, you should note that you may also apply to the General Education Subcommittee for further University Program credit for coursework done abroad on a course-by-course basis. Documentation of the nature of the work done in each course (such as syllabi, course outlines, and assignments) is essential. It is your responsibility to collect and provide such documentation. If you are interested, contact the Director of International Programs for further information.
Retroactive credits may not be used to fulfill University Program requirements.
A course may fulfill only one subgroup.
General Education Requirements for Transfer Students
A student with transfer credit that may be used to meet University Program requirements has three options for satisfying this section of the general education requirements: (1) MACRAO Agreement, (2) transfer block option, and (3) course-by-course basis. The student should consult with the academic advisor to determine which option applies to her or his program plan. Upon evaluation of transfer credit by the Registrar’s Office, the student will receive a form titled “General Education Guidesheet” which the academic advisor will use for determination of the appropriate option.
A person who transfers from a community college in Michigan with a transcript documented as having satisfied the MACRAO (Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Of- ficers) Agreement will also have satisfied the University Program portion of the general education requirements at CMU.
University Program Transfer Block Option
Transfer students not satisfying the MACRAO Agreement may satisfy the requirements for the University Program with courses transferred from other colleges or universities if they present a minimum of 27-30 semester hours distributed as follows:
Group I - Humanities: A minimum of six but not more than nine semester hours of coursework from at least two of the following disciplines: English (not including composition courses), Art, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, General Humanities, History, Mu- sic, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre and Interpretation.
Group II - Natural Sciences: A minimum of six but not more than nine semester hours of coursework from at least two of the fol- lowing disciplines (one course must include a laboratory section): Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Health Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Physics, General or Natural Science.
Group III - Social Sciences: A minimum of six but not more than nine hours of coursework from at least two of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Communication Disorders, Economics, Human Environmental Studies, Geography, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology.
Group IV - Integrative and Area Studies: This is identical to the CMU University Program. The student must transfer 6-9 hours of coursework on a course by course basis. Three hours must apply to Subgroup A, and three hours must apply to Subgroup C of Group IV of the CMU University Program. The requirement for Subgroup B may be met by the transfer of 3 hours of coursework or demonstrated completion of any of the alternative experiences described in paragraph H above.
Electives (as necessary to make 30 hours): English composition courses may be used as electives in the CMU University Program transfer block option. Specific English composition courses used to satisfy competencies may not be used as elective hours on the University Program.
Transfer students who have no more than 12 semester hours remaining on the University Program transfer block option with completed coursework as distributed above (and prior to their first full-time enrollment at CMU) may use the University Program transfer block option. For purposes of this rule, full-time means at least 12 hours attempted in a single semester. Any additional courses needed to meet the distribution requirements outlined above and to reach a total of 27-30 credit hours must be chosen from the appropriate categories within the list of CMU University Program courses in this Bulletin. For example, any deficiency in Group I transfer credit must be remedied by taking CMU University Program courses listed under Group I in this Bulletin. Any deficiency in transfer credit for Group IV Subgroup A must be remedied by taking a CMU course listed under Group IV Subgroup A in this Bulletin; any deficiency in Group IV Subgroup B must be remedied by taking a CMU course from Group IV Subgroup B; and any deficiency in Group IV Subgroup C must be remedied by taking a CMU course from Group IV Subgroup
In choosing CMU courses to complete their 30 semester hours, students must also follow the rules stated previously in this section that govern selection of more than one course with the same designator.
Course By Course Basis - In the event a student cannot transfer at least 18 semester hours of coursework as dis- tributed above, the student will be required to complete the entire CMU University Program. Comparable coursework at another college or university may be transferred into the CMU University Program on a course by course basis when
it transfers as an equivalent to a CMU course previously approved as a University Program course or (b) it transfers
without a course number and has a content congruent with the goals of the University Program and the CMU courses approved on the University Program.
Competency requirements apply to all students regardless of transfer status, including completion of competencies before 56 credit hours. Transfer students who enter the University with 44 or more credit hours must complete competencies by the end of the second semester at CMU. Six hours of English composition courses used to satisfy CMU compe- tency requirements may not be used as elective hours on the CMU University Program. You must read the Competency Requirement section (pages 46-47) carefully.
Transfer students who have had no comparable coursework at another college or university are required to meet the CMU University Program requirements in the previous section.
University Program Courses
Off-Campus Programs offers the bold print courses off- campus or through Learning Package or World Wide Web. The groups, subgroups, and courses available in each are as follows.