School General Education Requirements
General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge; introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures; fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society; and develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.
This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.
Foundations of Knowledge
General education courses are grouped into three foundational areas: Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, Foundations of Society and Culture, and Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.
Ten courses (48 units minimum) are required. A course taken to meet the Writing II requirement may also be applied toward a GE requirement. Preparation for the major courses may overlap with the foundation courses.
Students must meet with the student affairs officer in the Student Affairs Office to determine the applicability of GE cluster courses toward Writing II or GE requirements.
Courses listed in more than one category can fulfill GE requirements in only one of the categories.
Foundations of the Arts and Humanities
Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup:
- Literary and Cultural Analysis
- Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis
- Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice
Courses in this area supply perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, courses furnish the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities; and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression, and other facets of society and culture.
Foundations of Society and Culture
Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup and a third course from either subgroup:
- Historical Analysis
- Social Analysis
Courses in this area introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. Courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated. Because communication skills are essential in the nursing profession, Communication Studies 10 is recommended for this foundational area.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
Four courses, two from each subgroup:
- Life Sciences
- Physical Sciences
Courses in this area ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. Courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science.
Foundations Course Lists
Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult with an academic counselor or see the Schedule of Classes.
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
Transfer students from California community colleges must fulfill UCLA lower-division GE requirements by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transfer. The curriculum consists of a series of subject areas and types of courses that have been agreed on by the University of California and the California community colleges. Because of course sequencing and the rigor of the program, students must fulfill the general education requirements prior to transfer.