In order to become informed and productive citizens, undergraduate students need to think critically and creatively about substantive and often interlinked aesthetic, cultural, ethical, historical, linguistic, philosophical, societal, scientific, and quantitative global challenges and issues.
Therefore, in addition to being prepared to complete a major course of study, Clemson University undergraduate students are required to undertake a general education core course of study to develop and to demonstrate the ability to synthesize information relevant to complex issues, to evaluate the quality and utility of the information, and to use the outcomes of their analysis to reach persuasive logical conclusions.
The Clemson University undergraduate curriculum is designed such that arts and humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and written and oral communication contribute to the holistic development of its students.
General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate competence in communication through organization of a central message with supporting materials in the chosen medium.
Arts and Humanities
Students will analyze, interpret, and employ aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, and/or philosophical discourse in relevant contexts; or students will create, perform, interpret, reinterpret, and/or criticize artistic works.
Students will demonstrate mathematical literacy through interpretation of mathematical forms and performing calculations.
Students will demonstrate the process of scientific reasoning through experimental activity and critical comparison of their results to those predicted by accepted natural science principles.
Students will use social science concepts and evidence to explain human actions or behaviors in the past, the present, and/or the future.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking through analysis of global challenges; evaluate how varying perspectives influence global challenges; and demonstrate the integration of ethics into analysis of global challenges.
An undergraduate student whose enrollment in a curriculum occurs after May 15, 2022, must fulfill the general education requirements in effect at that time. If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently returns or does not remain continuously enrolled (summers excluded), the student’s curriculum year will be changed to the one in effect at the time of the return for students with fewer than 90 credits. The curriculum year will remain the same as when they were last enrolled for seniors (90 credits or more). The student’s major department can approve an exception. Students should submit a Change of Academic Program Request via iROAR to request the approval.
Requirements (31 Credit Hours)
To meet general education student learning outcomes, 31 total credit hours are required, distributed as follows.
Note: General education requirements in some major courses of study are more restrictive than those shown below.