General Education Requirements
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the intellectual and ethical development of students, and the general well-being of society. Undergraduate students must be broadly educated and technically skilled to be informed and productive citizens. The missions of General Education is to provide Clemson undergraduates with a structured base to gain a high level of knowledge about and competence in the following areas: communication, computer use, mathematics, problem solving, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and art.
The engineering curricula include the Communication, Mathematical, Scientific and Technological Literacy components of Clemson University's General Education requirements. However, the categories of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences need to be fulfilled by engineering students. Depending on the choice of engineering or science major, between four and six of these courses are required before graduation. These courses must include at least one course that exposes a student to cross cultural awareness and one course that promotes an understanding of the effects of science and technology in society.
Some CES majors specify which General Education courses are required; others allow a choice of any course from one of the two categories. For more specific information, please consult your specific curriculum. Additional information may be found in the University Announcements, and on the College website. Your academic advisor is also a good resource to help select General Education courses that are interesting and enjoyable.