General Education Core Curriculum

In order to acquire the fundamental skills and cultural background that are the marks of an educated person, all undergraduate students at Texas State complete a 42 semester credit hour program of general education core curriculum courses, which serves as the common foundation for all majors and accounts for about 35 percent of the approximately 120 semester credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree.

At the end of the bachelor’s program, the student is prepared not only in a departmental field of study, but also in the general abilities of critical thinking, communication, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibilities that remain universally useful skills in a rapidly changing world. Texas State graduates have the raw materials to build solutions as they fulfill career and civic responsibilities.

A list of courses and course choices that fulfill the general education core curriculum is given below. In many cases, the academic plans of various Texas State colleges, schools, departments, degrees, majors, and certifications modify or exceed these standards, so students are urged to carefully examine all sections of this catalog, which apply to the academic program of their choice.

Students transferring from Texas public institutions of higher education may have to fulfill only those portions of the general education core curriculum not completed at their previous institutions. Students from private or out-of-state institutions or those who took coursework before this core curriculum was put into place (Fall 2014), will have their coursework evaluated to determine if it is equivalent to that required at Texas State.

For all undergraduate students, specific major requirements may override those in the core curriculum. Those who have completed the core requirement for college math, for instance, may have to complete Calculus if such is required by their major. In all cases, the major and core requirements applicable are those in the catalog year to which the student is assigned. A list of general education core requirements at all Texas public institutions of higher education is available online at

General Education Core Curriculum Components

Communication Component Code 010 (6 semester credit hours)

Select two of the following:
College Writing I
College Writing II
Writing to Change the World
Writing Yourself into Academia: Creating Portraiture

Mathematics Component Code 020 (3 semester credit hours)

Select one of the following:
College Statistics and Algebra
College Algebra 1
Survey of Contemporary Mathematics
Plane Trigonometry
Mathematics for Business and Economics I
Mathematics for Business and Economics II
Calculus for Life Sciences I
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Number Theory
Graph Theory and Applications

See Department of Mathematics section of this catalog for minimum test scores and/or prerequisites required to enroll in these courses.  Students may have to complete MATH 1300 or MATH 1311 before enrolling in MATH 1315.

Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 (6 semester credit hours)

Select two of the following:
Biological Anthropology
Modern Biology I, Molecules, Cells, and Physiology
Functional Biology
Organismal Biology
Modern Biology II, Organisms, Evolution, and Environment
Introductory Chemistry for Non-Science Majors 1
Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry II
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Elementary Physics
General Physics I
Elementary Physics
General Physics II
Astronomy: Solar System
Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
Electricity and Magnetism
Teaching Physical Science to Children
Astronomy in Art, History, and Literature
Building a Greener Future: One Home at a Time

Students will not receive general education core curriculum credit for both CHEM 1310 and CHEM 1341.

Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 (3 semester credit hours)

Select one of the following:
Philosophy and Critical Thinking
Ethics and Society
The Meaning of Death
Eating Animals in America: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
Nonviolence and Sustainable Social Change

Creative Arts Component Code 050 (3 semester credit hours)

Select one of the following:
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction to Fine Arts
African American Popular Music: Society, Politics, and Culture
Women and Texas Music
Italy and Arts of the Islamic World

American History Component Code 060 (6 semester credit hours)

Select two of the following:
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States, 1877 to Date
American History Through Memoirs
Baseball and the American Experience
America in the 1960s: A History of Movements and Ideas
Witches, Whores, Murderers & Thieves: Capital Crime in Early America
Early American History Through Biography

Government/Political Science Component Code 070 (6 semester credit hours)

Select two of the following:
Principles of American Government
Functions of American Government
Democracy in America
Contemporary Issues in American Politics

Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 (3 semester credit hours)

Select one of the following:
Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Geography
Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Physical Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Economic Anthropology

Institutional Designated Area Component Codes 090, 091 and 094 (6 semester credit hours)

Select one of the following courses that satisfy core 090 and 091:
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Re-Humanizing Communication
CS Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator
Communication and Consumer Culture
Talking Like TED
And select one of the following courses that satisfy core 090 and 094:
British Literature before 1785
British Literature since 1785
World Literature before 1600
World Literature since 1600
US Literature before 1865
US Literature since 1865
Origins of Civilization
Great Ideas: Humanities I
Magic Realism in the Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict: The War Story Genre
Nature and the Quest for Meaning
Great Ideas: Humanities II
Plotting the American Experience
Memoirs from Lives off the Neurotypical Map
The Death Plot: Fiction, Memoirs, Poems
From Jay-Z to Kendrick Lamar: Politics, Power, and Identity in Hip Hop Literature
Don Quixote and the Birth of the Modern Novel
Talking Like TED

Total General Education Core Curriculum:  42 semester credit hours.