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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. GE-approved Writing II courses may fulfill an appropriate foundational area. See the foundational area descriptions below for a breakdown of courses required.

Courses listed in more than one category can fulfill GE requirements in only one of the categories. A course used to satisfy a major requirement may not also be applied toward a GE requirement.

Students who successfully complete a year-long GE cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement and complete 40 percent of their general education requirements.

General Education Requirements

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities

    Literary and Cultural Analysis

    Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis

  • Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice 5 courses
  • No more than two courses from any one subgroup.

    Total = 25 units minimum

Foundations of Society and Culture

  • Historical Analysis 1 course
  • Social Analysis 1 course
  • Third course from either subgroup 1 course

Total = 15 units minimum

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

  • Life Sciences 1 course
  • Physical Sciences 1 course

Total = 8 units minimum

  • Total GE 10 courses/48 units minimum

A course taken to meet the Writing II requirement may not also be applied toward a GE requirement.

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities

Five 5-unit courses, with no more than two from any one 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.

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Two courses (8 units minimum), one 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, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.

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.

Reciprocity with Other UC Campuses

Students who transfer to UCLA from other UC campuses or who change their major from the College or another UCLA school and have met all GE requirements prior to attending UCLA or changing their UCLA major are not required to complete the School of Theater, Film, and Television GE requirements. Written verification from the dean at the other UC campus or UCLA College or school is required. Verification letters should be sent to UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, Director of Student Services, Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

Transfer students from California community colleges have the option to 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. Although GE courses are degree requirements rather than admission requirements, students are advised to fulfill them prior to transfer. The IGETC significantly eases the transfer process, as all UCLA GE requirements are fulfilled when students complete the IGETC courses. Students who select the IGETC must complete it entirely before enrolling at UCLA. Otherwise, they must fulfill the School of Theater, Film, and Television GE requirements.