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 foundational base from which students launch their transformation from student to life-long learner and continue their preparation with a major in the School of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Nursing, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education under the guidance of an international cadre of faculty, an international student body, and a caring, supportive staff.


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)
ENGL101 and ENGL 102
Arts & Humanities (15.0)
WLIT 207
WLIT 208 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
ART105 Or MUSC201
Or DANC226 Or THEA211

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6.0)
ANTH207 Or ECON 201
Or ECON103 Or POSC301
Or PSYC201 Or SOCI201
Or SOSC200

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 CHEM 103
and PHSC 101, PHSC 102, 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