College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

General Education Requirements

All students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are required to complete a series of General Education requirements. These requirements are divided into two parts: Basic Competencies and Areas of Knowledge. Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.

Students are encouraged to complete the Basic Competency portion of the General Education requirements during their first two years of study. The Basic Competencies may be satisfied either through proficiency examinations (which carry no academic credit) or course work (which does carry academic credit). All courses taken to meet the General Education requirements must be completed with a grade of D or higher.

First-Year Experience (FYE) Requirement

All students are required to participate in an FYE course during their first semester at AU. For first-year students, this requirement is met by taking a General Education course that has been designated as an "FYE" course. For transfer students, the requirement must be completed by taking CLAS 101 (Transfer Student Seminar). Learn more about the First-Year Experience Program.

Major/Minor Requirements

Completion of a major is a graduation requirement. Completion of a minor is optional, although highly desirable. Each major and minor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has its own requirements, and students are responsible for making sure that these are met. All courses for a major or a minor must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 124 credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the University's graduation requirements
    • Global Perspective requirement
    • Physical Education requirement

Please consult the Alfred University Catalog for more information.