All courses in the General Education Curriculum should be designed so that students who have successfully completed the General Education Curriculum at East Stroudsburg University:
- Participate effectively in the communication process by listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- Use mathematical systems effectively in conceptualization and communication
- Utilize appropriate technology effectively
The 50 semester hours in General Education are distributed in the following manner:
Required: 5 credits
English Composition: 3 credits
Students are placed in Composition Skills 090 or English Composition 103 based upon their writing and verbal SAT scores. Those placed in ENGL 090 must take and pass it before they can be admitted into ENGL 103. Students may be exempted from and receive credit for English Composition, ENGL 103, if they take and achieve a high score on the CLEP general examination in English Composition (with essay). Students must receive a minimum grade of "C" to fulfill the English Composition requirement.
Lifetime Fitness Activities: 2 credits
To fulfill this requirement, a student must successfully complete two credits selected from the Lifetime Fitness courses offered by the Department of Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness. Prior military service or law enforcement experience is not accepted for lifetime fitness credit.
Distributive Electives: 45 credits
Each student must complete at least 15 credits in each of three areas:
Group A Arts and Letters
Group B Science
Group C Social Science
In each group, the student may take three credits in each of three subjects and six credits in a fourth subject or three credits in each of five subjects. Courses that satisfy General Education requirements are identified as GE in department course listings. Students should meet with their faculty advisers to plan appropriate choices to meet these requirements. Some GE courses may have specific prerequisites.
Arts and Letters (Group A) 15 credits
- English Language and Literature
- Fine Arts - Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre
- Foreign Languages
- Performing Arts - Dance, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre
(The distinction between fine and performing arts may be obtained from the faculty adviser.)
Science (Group B) 15 credits
- Computer Science
Social Science (Group C) 15 credits
- Political Science
Corequisite courses may be counted under General Education requirements in Groups A, B, or C if appropriate.
Required Science Courses: Where coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics is required (or listed as recommended in the catalog) for the major, a student with a declared major may substitute those courses for courses in the same departments listed under Science Group B. If a student adopts the above provision and later changes his or her major to a field which does not require coursework in those disciplines, the student may nevertheless receive General Education credit for courses taken in those departments.
Foreign Language Courses: Students may substitute a higher-level foreign language course taught in the language for courses listed under Foreign Language Group A.
Teacher Certification: Students pursuing teacher certification must take two mathematics courses and two English courses (including one composition and one literature course).
Teacher Certification Requirements: Please refer to The College of Education in the Program Offerings section of this catalog.