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General Education Curriculum


The general education curriculum at Salem State University has changed. Through the new general education curriculum, you will be immersed in a series of learning experiences that will engage you with the broader community and world. You will acquire new skills and understandings, be exposed to different academic disciplines, and improve your fundamental academic and life skills. Salem State University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation for your future growth and success as an innovative and engaged citizen within your community and the world.

The general education curriculum is designed to complement your major and to expose you to multiple ways of learning and knowing that will help prepare you for a rapidly changing world.

General Education Curriculum Overview

The general education curriculum consists of 34-35 credits in ten categories:

  • First Year Seminar
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Personal Growth and Responsibility
  • Creative Expression and Appreciation
  • World Cultures
  • The Human Past
  • Contemporary Society
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning

These categories are aimed at developing core competencies in critical and creative thinking; inquiry and analysis; written and oral communication; and information and quantitative literacy.

A few things to note:

  • Courses used to satisfy the general education requirements must be taken from a minimum of six different academic disciplines. First year seminar and written communication (level 1) are exempt from this restriction.
  • Courses may not be used to fulfill both major discipline and general education requirements
  • Students must complete the first year seminarwritten communication (level 1) andoral communication courses within their first 30 credits at Salem State.
  • Students will be required to demonstrate basic competencies in accordance with the competency requirements laid out in the university catalog.
  • All students in bachelor of arts programs (except for BA art majors with concentrations in art education, graphic design, interactive multimedia, painting, photography, printmaking or 3-D studio, and BA history majors with a concentration in applied history) will be required to complete the foreign language requirement outlined in the university catalog.

We are excited about the flexibility that the new general education curriculum offers our students and believe that you will be, too. We encourage you to work with your faculty advisor to determine what courses will best help you to meet your academic and professional goals. Additional help is available from the academic advising office.

Please visit the general education curriculum webpage for a full overview.