General Studies Program Requirements

General Studies Courses

General Studies courses designed for students in the Honors Program carry the "H" designation after the course number.

Students can take a maximum of 10 credit hours from the same discipline to apply to their General Studies Program.

Foundational Core - 12 credit hours

Written Communication1

ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Academic Writing and Research3


MATH 102College Algebra3
MATH 103Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 106Mathematics for Liberal Arts3
MATH 120Finite Mathematics3
MATH 123Applied Calculus I3
MATH 230Math for Elementary Teachers I3
STAT 235Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences3
STAT 241Elementary Statistics3

Oral Communication1

ITEC 290Communicating Through Technology3
SPCH 100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3

Democracy in Perspective1

ART 121Artistic Freedom, Censorship and Controversy in a Democratic Society3
CJUS 102Crime, Democracy and Justice3
ENG 153Democratic Vistas3
GEOG 323Political Geography3
HIST 176Democratic Debates3
ITEC 225The Influence of Technology on Democracy3
JMC 100Global Media Literacy3
PHIL 105Philosophical Roots of American Democracy3
PSCI 140Democracies Around the World3
PSCI 170Democracy as a Political Idea3
SOC 210Participating in a Democratic Society3
SOWK 170Introduction to Social Welfare3
TE 100Teaching in a Democratic Society3

Portal Course - 3 credit hours

  • Students may take any course numbered 188 in any department to satisfy the portal requirement.
  • Students are encouraged to take the Portal course in a discipline other than their intended major or minor.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Portal course requirement during their first or second semester at UNK. Students transferring to UNK and presenting 24 or more credit hours of General Studies credit at the time of admission are exempt from taking the Portal. Exemptions must be applied at the time of initial admission.
  • For a list of the Portal offerings for the current semester, see

Distribution - 27 credit hours2

ENG 101

If ENG 101 is not taken as a prerequisite for ENG 102 then additional hours may be required to meet the 27 credit hour minimum in the Distribution Area of General Studies.


ART 100Art Structure3
ART 120Art Appreciation3
DANC 122Dance Appreciation3
MUS 100Music Appreciation3
MUS 101American Musical Theatre3
MUS 106Introduction to Jazz and Blues3
MUS 107Introduction to Rock and Blues3
MUS 159Piano Fundamentals2
MUS 347Music History and Literature I3
MUS 348Music History and Literature II3
THEA 120Introduction to the Theatre3
THEA 121Completing the Look: The Art of Costuming3


ENG 235HAmerican Studies3
ENG 240HLiterary Classics of the Western World3
ENG 250Introduction to Literature: British Literature3
ENG 251Introduction to Literature: American Literature3
ENG 252Introduction to Literature: Western Civilization3
ENG 253Intro to Literature: Non-Western Civilization3
ENG 254Introduction to Literature: Special Topics3
ENG 280HSpecial Topics3
FREN 200Intermediate French I3
FREN 201Intermediate French II3
GERM 200Intermediate German I3
GERM 201Intermediate German II3
GERM 205Culture, Conversation and Composition3
HIST 110History of Science & Medicine3
HIST 112History of Religions in the World3
HIST 210Western Civilization3
HIST 211Western Civilization3
HIST 212Non-Western World History3
HIST 215Introduction to Latin America3
HIST 250American History3
HIST 251American History3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 120Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL 250Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 251Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 253Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 254Contemporary Philosophy3
SPAN 200Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 205Culture, Conversation and Composition3
SPCH 154Cross-Cultural Communication3

Social Sciences4

CJUS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJUS 375Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CJUS 380Minorities and Criminal Justice3
ECON 100Contemporary Economic Issues3
ECON 270Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics3
ECON 271Principles of Economics, Microeconomics3
ETHS 101Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
FAMS 151Human Sexual Behavior3
FAMS 351Marriage and Family Relationships3
GEOG 104World Regional Geography3
GEOG 106Human Geography3
GEOG 206Geography of the United States and Canada3
INTS 200Introduction to International Studies3
ITEC 210Society and Technology3
PSCI 110Introduction to American Politics3
PSCI 168Introduction to International Relations3
PSCI 280HSpecial Topics3
PSY 203General Psychology3
PSY 230Human Development3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 250Anthropology3
SOSC 288Modes of Inquiry Social Sciences3
SPCH 202Communication Concepts in Society3
WSTD 220Women's & Gender Studies3

Natural Sciences5

BIOL 103General Biology4
BIOL 105Biology I4
BIOL 106Biology II4
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
BIOL 215Human Physiology4
CHEM 101Chemistry & Current Events4
CHEM 145Introductory Chemistry4
CHEM 150Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
GEOG 101Physical Geography I: The Atmosphere4
GEOG 102Physical Geography II: The Lithosphere4
GEOG 103The Dynamic Planet: Hazards in the Environment3
GEOG 209Meteorology3
Physics and Physical Science
PHYS 100
Physical Science
and Physical Science Laboratory
PHYS 107Physical Science for Elementary Teachers4
PHYS 131HNewton's Universe4
PHYS 155
Science of Sound and Music
and Science of Sound and Music Laboratory
PHYS 201Earth Science4
PHYS 205
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 206
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 209Meteorology3
PHYS 210
and General Astronomy Laboratory
PHYS 211
Planetary Astronomy
and General Astronomy Laboratory
PHYS 275
General Physics I (Calculus)
and General Physics I (Calculus) Laboratory
PHYS 276
General Physics II (Calculus)
and General Physics II (Calculus) Laboratory

Analytical and Quantitative Thought6

CSIT 100Computing Environments1
CYBR 101Computer Science I: Python for Analytics4
CYBR 102Computer Science I: C for Security3
CYBR 103Computer Science I: Java for Software Development4
CYBR 108Computers in Society3
CYBR 140The Internet Explained3
CYBR 182Software Productivity Tools3
CYBR 306Introduction to Predictive Modeling3
MATH 330Math for Elementary Teachers II3
MGT 232Introduction to Scholarly & Creative Activity3
MGT 233Business Statistics3
MUS 200Music Theory I3
PSY 250Behavioral Statistics3


FIN 160Personal Money Management3
HSCI 140Introduction to Public Health3
PE 108Introduction to Nutrition3
PE 110Basic Sports Activities0.5-1
PE 150Healthy Wealthy and Wise3
PSY 231Abnormal Behavior and Society3

Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

  • Students may take any course numbered 388 in any department to satisfy the capstone requirement.
  • Students are encouraged to take the Capstone course in a discipline other than their major or minor.
  • The Capstone is open to juniors and seniors, and to students within 6 credit hours of completion of their General Studies requirements.
  • For a list of the Capstone offerings for the current semester, see