general education at the university of rhode island

At the University of Rhode Island, the General Education Program requires students to take courses in the areas of English communications (including one course in writing), mathematics and quantitative reasoning, fine arts and literature, foreign language or cross-cultural competence, letters, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Because the specific courses approved in these areas may also fulfill prerequisite requirements for a major, students planning to transfer to the University are urged to consult URI’s catalog or to discuss their plans with an advisor at URI. The following section includes a chart which lists the general education requirements approved for each college within the University of Rhode Island . Following the chart is a list of courses which have been approved for general education credit. Students in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences should note that not all general education courses at URI are approved for their programs. The course listing denotes those courses which are not applicable to engineering and arts and sciences majors.

To use the chart, first locate the row for the college at the University of Rhode Island in which you intend to enroll; then, read the entries under each column for specific requirements within each area. For specific course listings, refer to the pages following the chart.


The chart below summarizes the URI general education requirements by college. Because each college has different requirements, students should consult their academic advisor and URI Catalog when selecting courses. Reference should be made to the URI general education requirements and to the requirements of individual majors.

Please note: although a course may be listed in more than one general education category, it can only be used to meet one requirement.

  1. Engineering students need to be aware that there are certain courses in Fine Arts & Literature, Letters and Social Science which are not approved for their program.
  2. Students enrolled in the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy or Environment & Life Sciences may reduce the credit requirements in Fine Arts & Literature, Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence or Letters by 3 credits.
English Communication
Mathematics & Quantitive Reasoning
Fine Arts & Literature
Foreign Language/Cross Cultureal Competence
Natural Sciences
Social Sciances
University Requirement
(Univ. Req.)
6 cr. with minimum of 3 cr. in writing
3 cr.
6 cr.
6 cr. in foreign language or semester abroad or culture clusters. See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog
6 cr.
6 cr.
6 cr.
Arts & Sciences
Univ. Req.
except BGS 100
Univ. Req.
3 cr. in Fine Arts; 3 cr. in Literature
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog

BA: One course per code
BS, BFA, BM: Univ. Req.

BA: One course per code
Univ. Req.

BA: One course per code
Univ Req.
1 of the following: COM 100, WRT 104, 105, 106, 201 or 333; and WRT 227
BAC 120
6 cr. (with at least 3 cr. in Literature)
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog
Univ. Req.
Univ. Req.
ECN 201 & 202
Univ. Req.
MTH 141
Univ. Req.
3 cr.
Univ. Req. (See specific requirements by major)
Univ. Req.
Univ. Req.
ECN 201 is required
Environment and Life Sciences
3 cr. in writing;
3 cr. in oral communication
Specific to major
Univ. Req.
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog

Univ. Req

6 cr. selected from bilogy and chemistry
Univ. Req. (see specific requirements by major)
Human Science & Services
3 cr. in writing;
3 cr. in oral communication
Univ. Req
Univ. Req
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog
Univ. Req
Univ. Req. (see specific requirements by major)
Univ. Req. (see specific requirements by major)
Univ. Req
STA 220
Univ. Req
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog
Univ. Req
CHM 103 and FSN 207
PSY 113 and SOC 100
Univ. Req
except BGS 100
MTH 131 or MTH 141
Univ. Req
See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog
Univ. Req
CHM 101/102 and BIO 113
Univ. Req.;
ECN 201 is required


Fine Arts

ARH120 Intro to Art
ARH251,252 Art History
ART101 2-Dimension Studio 1
ART207 Drawing I 1
FLM101 Intro to Film/Screen Studies
FLM203 Film Theory
FLM204,205 History of Film
HPR105 Honors Study
LAR201 Landscape Architecture 1
MUS101 Introduction to Music
MUS106 History of Jazz
MUS111 Basic Musicianship
MUS 292 Concert Band
MUS 293 University Chorus
PLS233 Floral Art 1,2
PLS335 Commercial Floral Design 1,2
THE100 Introduction to Theatre
THE181 Script Analysis
THE351, 352 Costuming 1
THE381,382,383 Theatre History


AAF/ENG247 African Diaspora Lit
AAF/ENG248 Afro-American Lit
CLA391,395,396,397 Mythology
CLS/ENG160 Literature of the World
ENG110 Intro Literature
ENG/CLS160 Lit of The World
ENG241,242 U.S. Lit
ENG243 The Short Story
ENG/AAF247 African Diaspora Lit
ENG/AAF248 Afro-American Lit
ENG251,252 British Literature
ENG260 Women and Literature
ENG263 Intro Lit Genres: The Poem
ENG280 Shakespeare
ENG300 Lit into Film
ENG302 Film Theory & Criticism
ENG303 Cinematic Auteurs
ENG304 Film Genres
ENG355 Lit and the Sciences
ENG357 Lit and Medicine
ENG358 Lit and Business
FRN309,310 Culture and Lit
FRN320 French Cinema
HPR105 Honors
RUS391,392 Lit in Translation


AAF/HIS150 Afro-American Hist
AAF 201 Intro African & Af-Amer Studies
AAF/HIS355 Black Women in US
AAF/HIS356 Black Urban History
APG327 Hist Physical Anthropology
BGS392 Humanities Seminar 1,2
CLS/ENG160 Literature of the World
CLS235 Philosophy/Literature
ENG/CLS160 Literature of the World
EGR/PHL316 Engineering Ethics
ENG110 Intro Literature
ENG/CLS160 Lit of The World
ENG243 The Short Story
ENG251,252 British Literature
ENG280 Shakespeare
ENG300 Lit into Film
ENG355 Lit and the Sciences
ENG356 Lit and the Law
HIS111 Greece & Rome
HIS112 Medieval Europe
HIS113,114 Western Civ
HIS116 History Science
HIS117 History Medicine
HIS118 Women in Europe
HIS123 Modern British Civ
HIS130 History and the Sea
HIS132 Russian/Soviet
HIS141,142 US History
HIS145 Women in American
HIS146 Women in the US ,1890-present
HIS/AAF150 Afro-American
HIS 160 Tech. & Amer. Life: 1800 to Pres.
HIS171 East Asia History
HIS172 Southeast Asia History
HIS180 Latin America
HIS304 Europe
HIS305 Renaissance
HIS310,311 Europe
HIS314 17th & 18th Europe Culture
HIS323 Great Britain 19th Century
HIS327 German
HIS332,333 Russia/Soviet
HIS340, 346 America
HIS 351 Women in Medicine
HIS/AAF355 Black Women in US
HIS/AAF356 Black Urban History
JOR110 Intro Mass Media
LAR202 Landscape Design
LET151 Topics: Letters
NUR360 Death/Behavior 1,2
PHL103 Intro Philosophy
PHL204 Human Nature
PHL210 Women/Moral Rights
PHL212 Ethics
PHL215 Science & Inquiry
PHL217 Social Philosophy
PHL235 Philosophy/Literature
PHL314 Medical Ethics
PHL/EGR316 Engineering Ethics
PHL321 Ancient Philosophy
PHL322 Medieval Philosophy
PHL323 Modern Philosophy
PHL325 American Philosophy
PHL328 Philosophy/Religion
PHL331 East Asian
PHL346 Existentialism
PHL 355 Philosophy/Art
PSC341,342 Political Theory
PSY310 History of Psychology 1
RLS111 Judaism, Christianity, Islam
RLS125 Biblical Thought
RLS126 Christian Thought
RLS131 Asian Philosophies
WMS220 Women in Science






APG/LIN200 Language/Culture
APG202 Prehistoric Ages
APG203 Cultural Anthropology
APG/LIN220 Study of Language
APG301 Anthropology of Nutrition
BGS390 Social Sciences Seminar 1,2
CPL200 Understanding Cities
ECN100 Economics 1
ECN201,202 Economics
ECN 306 Economic Research Methods
ECN381 Contemporary Political Econ
EDC102 American Education 1
GEG101 World Regional
GEG200 Human Ecosystems
HDF225 Consumer in Economy 1
HPR110 Honors
HPR 201 Honors Colloquium (2004)
JOR110 Intro Mass Media
LIN/APG200 Study Language
MAF100 Use & Mgt. Marine Environ. 2
NUR150 Human Sexuality 1
PEX/ KIN123 Foundations of Health 1,2
PSC113 American Politics
PSC116 International Politics
PSC/SOC274 Criminal Justice System
PSC288 American Legal System
PSY103 Self-Understanding
PSY113 General Psychology
PSY232 Developmental Psychology
PSY235 Personality
PSY254 Abnormal Psychology
PSY255 Health Psychology
REN105 Resource Economics 1
REN 310 Environment Economics 1,2
REN 356 Tourism Economics 1,2
SOC100 General Sociology
SOC212 The Family
SOC230 Crime & Delinquency
SOC238 Population Problems
SOC240 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC242 Sex/Gender
SOC/PSC274 Criminal Justice System
TMD224 Culture, Dress & Appearance 1,2
WMS150 Women’s Studies


6 credits in a foreign language or semester abroad or cross-culture courses. See General Education requirements in the URI Catalog.


AFS/BCH/MIC/NRS/PLS190 Biotechnology 2
AFS210, 211 Intro Marine Environment 2
APG201 Human Origins
AST108 Astronomy
AVS101 Animal Science
BCH/MIC/NRS/PLS/AFS 190 Biotechnology 2
BGS391 Natural Science Seminar 1,2
BIO101 Principles of Biology I
BIO105 Biology for Daily Life w/ Lab
BIO106 Biology for Daily Life w/ Recit
BIO286 Insects/Humans/Disease
CHM100 Environmental Chemistry
CHM101 Chemistry I
CHM103 Introductory Chemistry
CHM112 Chemistry II
GEO100 Environmental Geology
GEO102 Dinosaurs
GEO103 Understanding the Earth
GEO110/OCG110 The Ocean Planet
GEO120 Geology of US National Parks
HPR109 Honors
MIC/NRS/PLS/AFS/BCH 190 Biotechnology 2
NFS207 Nutrition
NRS/PLS/AFS/BCH/MIC 190 Biotechnology 2
OCG110/GEO110 The Ocean Planet
OCG123 Oceanography
OCG131 Volcanoes & Environment
PHY109 Introduction Physics
PHY111,185 Physics I
PHY112,186 Physics II
PHY140 Ideas of Physics
PHY203,273 Elementary Physics I
PHY204,274 Elementary Physics II
PHY205,275 Elementary Physics III
PLS/AFS/BCH/MIC/NRS 190 Biotechnology 2
PLS150 Plant Biology
PLS233 Floral Art 1,2
TMD113 Color Science


BAC120 Intro Business Analysis & App
CSC101 Computing Concepts 1,2,3,4
CSC201 Introduction Computing
HPR108 Honors Mathematics
MTH107 Finite Math
MTH108 Topics in Mathematics
MTH/PSC109 Politics & Math
MTH111 Pre-calculus
MTH131 Calculus
MTH141 Calculus
PSC/MTH109 Politics & Math
STA220 Statistics


Writing Courses [ECw]

BGS100 Pro-Seminar 2,3
WRT104 Writing: Inform and Explain
WRT105 College Writing
WRT106 Writing: Field, Print & Electronic Sources
WRT 201 Persuasive Writing
WRT227 Business Writing
WRT235 Writing/Computers
WRT 302 Writing Culture
WRT 303 Public Writing
WRT 304 Community Serv. Writing
WRT 305 Travel Writing
WRT333 Scientific & Technical Writing

General English Communications [EC]

COM100 Communication Fundamentals
LIB120 Intro Library
PHL101 Critical Thinking

1 Not applicable Engineering majors
2 Not applicable Arts & Sciences majors
3 Not applicable Pharmacy majors


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