UNC Charlotte's General Education program is designed to provide you with the broad liberal arts education that is an essential part of the college experience. The General Education requirements you must meet will come to between 39 and 44 semester hours (13 or 14 classes). These requirements fall into four major categories as described below. Click on the heading for each section or on the list to the right to get more information about that aspect of the program and the courses fulfilling each requirement. A summary check sheet of your requirements can be found on the General Education Advising Worksheet.
These are GENERAL education requirements applicable to all students at UNC Charlotte regardless of their college or major. However, many academic programs prefer that you take particular courses within the general education program because those courses enhance your learning or preparation in a particular major. Therefore it is always advisable to consult an advisor in your program as you plan your schedule.
Students may meet any of the course requirements of the General Education Program with approved equivalent courses transferred from other regionally accredited institutions. At the time of admission, transcripts of work at other institutions are evaluated to determine equivalency. This includes equivalency for the Liberal Studies courses required in the General Education Program. See the page for transfer students.
Students should seek advising on completing Gen Ed course work to ensure that all requirements are being satisfied and that you are taking advantage of the program’s flexibility to pursue areas of interest. In addition to your assigned advisor, you may find it helpful to consult professional advisors in each of the college advising offices or the University Advising Center. For general information on advising at UNC Charlotte, visit the Advising web pages.