GER Requirements

GER Requirements

In our rapidly changing technologically-driven world students from post-secondary institutions across the country are emerging better prepared to challenge the world on new terms – and Coppin students are among them. These new college-educated citizens are no longer interested in why traditional systems failed to solve problems of their parents' generation. Rather, they are more interested in technologically interrogating established norms and best practices that claim to meet the needs of their generation.

Thus, students who enter Coppin State University should expect to exit as persons who have been transformed by the rigors imbedded in oral and written communication, analytical reasoning, and the ever changing demands associated with information literacy. Students who enter Coppin State University should also expect to be held to the academic standards that will train them to engage in reflective practices while they learn to recognize the needs of their communities and their families.

Designed to open new pathways to life as educated citizens of the world, the GER 40s – completed by the end of the second year of matriculation -- provide a foundation from which students are able to begin the transformation from student to life-long learner.

Answers to Questions About the General Education Requirements

Are General Education Requirements Required of All Students?
Yes. Students who are admitted with earned college credits thru Advanced Placement, CLEP, or as Transfer students must consult with an Admissions Counselor or Academic Advisor to ensure that appropriate credit is equated with correct General Education Requirements.

When Should I Begin the General Education Requirements?
All students are required to begin General Education Requirements upon admission to the university.

How Long Does it Take to Complete all of My General Education Requirements?
The General Education Requirements (GER 40s) must be completed by the end of the second year of study.

Will I Be Able to Earn an Undergraduate Degree Without Completing all of the General Education Requirements (GER 40s)?
No. In order to earn an undergraduate degree all students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 40 credits of General Education Requirements.

Are Freshman Seminar (ORIE 101) and Technology Fluency (MISY 150) Included in the General Education Requirements?
No. Although Freshman Seminar (ORIE 101) and Technology Fluency (MISY 150) are not General Education Requirements they are University requirements and are counted as a part of the 120 credits minimum needed for a degree.


The General Education Requirements (GER) serve as the core of the undergraduate curriculum. Students are required to complete a sequence of courses in English Composition, Arts & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues which are designed to expose every undergraduate to the broad range of disciplines essential to the development of a liberally educated person. The University will measure every student’s competency in six institutional learning outcomes:

  1. Written & Oral Communication
  2. Analytical Reasoning
  3. Information Literacy
  4. Social & Self Awareness
  5. Reflective Practice
  6. Responsive Citizenship

Students are required to take courses in the following areas:

English Composition (6.0)
ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

Arts & Humanities (15.0)
WLIT 207
WLIT 208 Honors or any 200-Level English
Or Literature Course
And PHIL 102 Or PHIL 103
And HIST 201, HIST 202
Or HIST 203, HIST 204
Or HIST 205, HIST 206
And IDIS 103 Or IDIS 102
Or (any Foreign Language)
SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202
FRENCH 101, 102, 103, 104
ART 105 Or MUSC 201
Or DANC 226 Or THEA 211

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6.0)
ANTH 207 Or ECON 201
Or ECON 103 Or POSC 301
Or PSYC 201 Or SOCI 201
Or SOSC 200

Mathematics (3.0)
MATH 110 Or MATH 103
Or MATH 125, Or MATH 131
Or MATH 203

Natural Sciences (1 from each of two disciplines BIOL, or CHEM, or PHSC) (7.0)
BIOL 101 Or BIOL 107
And CHEM 101 Or PHSC 101
Or PHSC 103

Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues (3.0)
HEED 101 Or (any health course)
HEED 102, HEED 103, HEED 110,
HEED 201, HEED 203, HEED 205
Or SPCH 105 Or SPCH 202 Or
SPCH 204 Or GEOG 102