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General Education Courses

The Ohio State University's General Education (Gen Ed) is an integral part of your undergraduate business education.  The General Education is designed to provide you with a better understanding of society's traditions and past, its accomplishments and aspirations, its relation to and responsibility for the natural world, its diversity and plurality, and its problems and needs.  The goal of the Gen Ed is aimed at helping you develop skills, competencies, and breadth of knowledge to become educated, productive citizens. 

Students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor for clarifications to this policy, or to learn of any changes to the General Education list.

Visit the Specializations page for curriculum sheets tailored to each Specialization.
Gen Ed (Semester)GEC (Quarter)

The Gen Ed requirements are divided into seven categories for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Gen Ed courses are listed on the Semester Gen Ed Course List (PDF).  Each course may be used to fulfill only one category except for Global Studies and Social Diversity when appropriate. Students with junior or senior standing may petition (in advance) to substitute upper-division courses which meet the spirit of the Gen Ed courses on the Gen Ed listing.

Students transferring from other colleges and universities often can meet part of the Gen Ed with equivalent courses. Credits for each transfer student shall be reviewed, and credit in all courses which meet the spirit of the Gen Ed shall be accepted.

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Writing and Related Skills coursework helps you develop skills in written communication and expression, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression.

Complete ONE course each from Part A, B, and C.

  1. First Course: (5 hours)
    English 1110.01, 1110.02, 1110.03 or equivalent
  2. Second Course: (5 hours)
    Select ONE second writing course, during the sophomore year.
  3. Third Course: Taken during the senior year - ONE course.
    Business MHR 4490

Bullet Quantitative

Courses in Quantitative and Logical Skills develop your quantitative literacy and logical reasoning, including the ability to identify valid arguments, use mathematical models, and draw conclusions and critically evaluate results based on quantitative data.

Bullet Foreign Language

International Business specialization only – Coursework or proficiency through the third semester (1103) of a modern foreign language.

Foreign Language coursework cultivates your skills in communication across ethnic, cultural, ideological, and national boundaries, and helps you develop an understanding of other cultures and patterns of thought.

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Select TWO.

Courses in Global Studies help you become an educated, productive, and principled citizen of your nation and the world.  You can overlap global studies courses with another Gen Ed category.  If you do not overlap global studies courses with another Gen Ed category, the global studies requirement must still be fulfilled.

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10 Hours Required (Check all prerequisites)

Natural Science coursework fosters your understanding of the principles, theories, and methods of modern science; the relationship between science and technology; the implications of scientific discoveries and the potential of science and technology to address problems of the contemporary world.

Select three courses from the Biological and Physical Sciences.  Both the Biological and Physical Sciences must be represented.  At least one course out of the three courses must have a lab component.

Bullet Social Science

Required: ECON 2001.01 and ECON 2002.01 or equivalents (6 hours)

Any additional Social Science courses taken may be used to fulfill Open Options.

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12 Hours Required

Coursework in the Arts and Humanities involve evaluating significant writing and works of art. Such studies develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing; and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience.

Required: At least one course in History, one course in Literature, one course in Visual & Performing Arts, and a fourth course chosen from either History (HIST), Cultures & Ideas (C&I), or Foreign Language (FL) at the 1102-level or higher.

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Required: TWO courses

Open Options may be selected from among other Gen Ed courses, service-learning courses, cross-disciplinary seminars, and/or study abroad for a minimum of two courses.

Please note, there are distinct "old" and "new" GEC requirements:

  • The old GEC requirements (GEC) apply to all undergraduate students admitted to the university and enrolled for any quarter prior to summer quarter 2007, and to transfer students admitted to the university for summer quarter 2007 through spring quarter 2008 who have earned 45 or more hours of transfer credit.
  • The revised GEC requirements (GEC-R), listed below, apply to students beginning their careers as regularly enrolled college students summer quarter 2007 or later (some of these students may have earned more than 45 hours of transfer credit completed while they were enrolled in high school) and to transfer students admitted to the university for summer quarter 2007 or later who have earned fewer than 45 hours of transfer credit.

The GEC requirements are divided into seven categories for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. GEC-R courses are listed in the categories below or in the GEC-R Course List (PDF). For old GEC requirements, refer to the GEC Course List (PDF).

Each course may be used to fulfill only one category except for Social Diversity when appropriate. Students with junior or senior standing may petition (in advance) to substitute upper-division courses which meet the spirit of the GEC for courses on the GEC listing.

Students transferring from other colleges and universities often can meet part of the GEC with equivalent courses. Credits for each transfer student shall be reviewed, and credit in all courses which meet the spirit of the GEC shall be accepted.

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Writing and Related Skills coursework helps you develop skills in written communication and expression, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression.

Complete ONE course each from Part A, B, and C.

  1. First Course: (5 hours)
    English 110.01, 110.02, 110.03 or equivalents
  2. Second Course: (5 hours)
    Select ONE course, during the sophomore year.
    [+] Signifies that the course is also listed in another GEC category and can be used to satisfy both.
    • African-American & African St 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+
    • Agricultural Communication 367+
    • Arabic 367+
    • Art Education 367.01+, 367.02, 367.03+
    • Comparative Studies 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+
    • Communications 367
    • Economics 367.01, 367.02
    • Engineering 367+
    • English 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04, 367.05+, 367.06, 367.07
    • Environment and Natural Resources 367
    • German 367
    • History of Art 367
    • Human Development and Family Science 367
    • Landscape Architecture 367
    • Linguistics 367+
    • Modern Greek 367+
    • Nursing 367
    • Philosophy 367+
    • Physics 367
    • Political Science 367.01
    • Psychology 367.01, 367.02
    • Slavic Languages & Literatures 367+
    • Sociology 367.01H, 367.02, 367.03H
    • Spanish 367+
    • Theatre 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+
    • Women's Studies 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+
    • Yiddish 367
  3. Third Course: Taken during the senior year - ONE course.
    Requirement varies by major - consult with your academic advisor.
    Business Administration 798, 799

     

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Courses in Quantitative and Logical Skills develop your quantitative literacy and logical reasoning, including the ability to identify valid arguments, use mathematical models, and draw conclusions and critically evaluate results based on quantitative data.

  1. Mathematical and Logical Analysis:
    Math 130, 131, 132 (or 148, 150, 151, 152) and any prerequisites (depends on Math placement)
  2. Data Analysis:
    • Computer Science and Engineering 200
    • Statistics 133
    • Business Management 330 & 331 (331 not required for Human Resources specialization)
    • Math 366 (only for Information Systems specialization)

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International Business specialization only – Coursework or proficiency through the fourth quarter (104) of a modern foreign language.

Foreign Language coursework cultivates your skills in communication across ethnic, cultural, ideological, and national boundaries, and helps you develop an understanding of other cultures and patterns of thought.

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Courses in Social Diversity help you foster an understanding of the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture in the United States.

You should overlap social diversity courses with another GEC category or your major. If you do not overlap social diversity courses with another GEC category or your major, the social diversity requirement must still be met. [+] Signifies that the course is also listed in another GEC category and can be used to satisfy both.

Select ONE:

  • African-American & African Studies 230, 243, 303+ 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+, 376+. 551+
  • Agricultural Communication 367+
  • Arabic 367+
  • Art Education 367.01+, 367.03, 467
  • Biology 597+
  • Comparative Studies 205+, 234+, 241+, 242+, 243, 336+, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+, 373+
  • Dance 357+
  • Economics 485
  • Education: Educational Policy & Leadership 551, 552
  • Education: Teaching & Learning 559
  • English 281+, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.05+
  • Engineering 367+
  • Geography 400
  • History 325, 346+
  • International Studies 210+
  • Linguistics 303+, 367+, 372+
  • Modern Greek 200+, 367+
  • Philosophy 336+, 367+
  • Political Science 508
  • Psychology 100+, 375, 646
  • Rural Sociology 105+
  • Slavic Languages & Literatures 367+
  • Social Work 300, 301
  • Sociology 101+, 306, 382, 435, 467, 608
  • Spanish 367+
  • Speech and Hearing Science 310
  • Theatre 100+, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03
  • Women's Studies 101+, 110+, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+, 370, 510, 520

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20 Hours Required

Natural Science coursework fosters your understanding of the principles, theories, and methods of modern science; the relationship between science and technology; the implications of scientific discoveries and the potential of science and technology to address problems of the contemporary world.

Select one ten-hour sequence from Biological or Physical Sciences AND two additional science courses from either the Biological or Physical Sciences. Both the Biological and Physical Sciences must be represented. At least one course out of the four courses must have a lab component. [ L] Signifies courses with a lab component.

Choose from the following - be sure to check all prerequisites.
  1. Biological Science Sequences
    • Biology 101L-102; 113L-114L; 115HL-116HL
    • Biology 101L-103
    • Biology 101L-Anthropology 200
    • Biology 101L-Entomology 102L
    • Biology 101L-Food Science and Tech 201
    • Biology 101L- Human Nutrition and Food Management 210
    • Biology 101L- Biology 350
    • Entomology 101L-102L
    • Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology 101-102L
  2. Physical Sciences Sequences
    • Astronomy 161-162; 171-172 Chemistry 100-101L, 101L-102L; 121L-122L; 201HL-202HL
    • Earth Sciences 100L-108; 100L-110L; 100L-203L; 100L-206L; 100L-210, 105-108; 105-110L, 105-203L, 105-206L, 105-210, 121L-122L; 121L-203L; 121L-205L; 121L-206L; 121L-210; 121HL
    • Earth Sciences 100L -Geography 120
    • Earth Sciences 105 -Geography 120
    • Physics 103-104; 106L-107L; 106L-108L; 107L-106L; 107L-108L; 108L-106L; 108L-107L; 111L-112L; 131L-132L; 161-162
    • Physics 111L
    • Architecture 426
  3. Biological Science Courses
    • Animal Sciences 310 Anthropology 200
    • Biology 101L, 102, 103, 113L, 114L, 115HL, 116HL, 350
    • Environment and Natural Resources 201
    • Entomology 101L, 102L
    • Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology 232, 235L
    • Food Management 210
    • Food Science and Technology 201
    • Horticulture and Crop Science 200, 300L
    • Human Nutrition and
    • Microbiology 509L
    • Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology 101, 102L, 300L
  4. Physical Science Courses
    • Astronomy 141, 142, 143, 161, 162, 163H,
    • 171, 172
    • Chemistry 100, 101L, 102L, 121L, 122L, 123L, 201HL,202HL 112L, 113L, 131L, 132L, 133L, 161, 162, 367 203HL
    • Earth Sciences 100L, 105, 108, 110L, 121L, 122L, 151, 203L, 205L, 206L, 210, 451HL
    • Environment and Natural Resources 101, 300.01 & 300.02L (both 300.01 and 300.02 must be taken)
    • Geography 120, 210L, 410HL, 420
    • Physics 103, 104, 106L, 107L, 108L, 110, 111L

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20 Hours Required

Courses in the Social Science category develop your understanding of the systematic study of human behavior and cognition, of the structures of human societies, cultures, and institutions; and the processes by which individual, groups, and societies interact, communicate and use human, natural, and economic resources.

At least ONE of the courses taken MUST be from a department other than ECON or AED ECON.

Required: Economics 200 & 201, and TWO of the following…
  • AED Economics 280
  • African-American & African St 101, 218
  • Animal Science 240
  • Anthropology 201, 202, 421.08
  • Bus-MHR 290
  • Communication 101, 200, 431
  • Economics 348
  • Education: Teaching & Learning 559+
  • Environment and Natural Resources 400
  • Family Resource Management 243, 340
  • Geography 200, 240, 410H, 430, 450, 460, 643
  • History 366.01
  • Human Development and Family Science 360, 361, 364
  • Int. Studies 201, 210, 215, 230, 231, 235, 240, 245, 250, 280, 356
  • Linguistics 170, 270 (202), 307, 371, 372+ (361), 375 (365)
  • Political Science 100, 101, 145, 165, 201, 210, 211, 245, 367.01, 517, 532, 541, 575
  • Psychology *100+, 367.01, 367.02, 371
  • Rural Sociology 105+, 378
  • Social Work 230
  • Sociology 101+, 210, 345, 367.01H, 367.02, 367.03H, 370, 380, 463, 466
  • Speech and Hearing Science 330, 350
  • Textiles & Clothing 372
  • Women's Studies 110+

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20 Hours Required

Coursework in the Arts and Humanities involve evaluating significant writing and works of art. Such studies develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing; and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience.

This category contains the International Issues requirement and is divided into two subcategories: “United States/Europe” and “Non-United States/Non-Europe.” International Issues coursework helps students become educated, productive, and principled citizens of their nation in an increasingly globalized world.

Required: At least one course in History, one course in Literature, one course in Visual & Performing Arts, and a fourth Breadth course chosen from either History (HIST), Literature (LIT), Visual & Performing Arts (VPA), Cultures & Ideas (C&I), or Foreign Language (FL) at the 102-level or higher. At least one course must have a US/Europe focus [1] and a Non-US/Non-Europe focus [2].

A. History: (5 hours minimum) Select ONE course.

[1] US/Europe focus

  • EDU PAES 210, 211
  • Engineering 360.01, 360.02
  • History 111,112, 151, 152, 323
  • History of Art 201, 202,
  • International Studies 210
  • Philosophy 111H, 112H, 280

[2] Non-US/Non-Europe focus

  • African-American & African St 121, 122
  • Economics 515, 516
  • History 121,122, 141, 142, 171, 172, 181, 182
B. Literature: (5 hours minimum) Select at least ONE course

[+] Signifies that the course is also listed in another GEC category and can be used to satisfy both.

[1] US/Europe focus

  • African-American & African St 154, 254, 271, 345, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+, 551+
  • Classics 101, 102, 222, 327
  • Comparative Studies 201, 203, 204, 205+, 240H, 273
  • English 201, 202, 220, 260, 261, 262, 275, 280, 281+, 290, 291, 367.02+, 367.03+, 372
  • French 150, 151, 250
  • German 250 (260.01), (260.02), (260.03), 263H, 291, 292, 399
  • Italian 151, 152, 251
  • Modern Greek 371
  • Philosophy 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307
  • Scandinavian 222
  • Slavic Languages & Literatures 245
  • Spanish 320, 321
  • Theatre 367.02+
  • Women’s Studies 215, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 367.04+
  • Yiddish 371, 399

[2] Non-US/Non-Europe focus

  • African-American & African St 251
  • Arabic 371, 372, 375
  • Chinese 251, 501, 502, 503, 504
  • Comparative Studies 100, 202.01, 202.02, 301, 306, 308, 314
  • French 152
  • Hebrew 370, 372, 373, 374, 378
  • Japanese 251, 252
  • Korean 251
  • Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 271, 371, 372, 374
  • Persian 370, 371
  • Portuguese 150, 159
  • Philosophy 215
  • Russian 250, 251
  • Spanish 520
  • Turkish 371, 372
  • Women Studies 372
C. Visual / Performing Arts: (5 hours minimum) Select at least ONE course.

[+] Signifies that the course is also listed in another GEC category and can be used to satisfy both.

[1] US/Europe focus

  • African American and African Studies 376+, 571
  • Architecture 271 (only 3 hrs)
  • Art 205 (170), 206 (172), 300.01 (201), 300.02 (300), 340 (240), 455H
  • Art Education 160, 252, 367.01+
  • Comparative Studies 358
  • Dance 161, 200
  • East Asian Languages and Literature 346
  • English 263, 269
  • Film Studies 270
  • Hebrew 345
  • History of Art 201, 202, 300 (250), 301, 315 (515), 316, 330 (530), 340, 345, 367, 519, 520, 525
  • Italian 221
  • Landscape Architecture 201
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies 219
  • Modern Greek 268
  • Music 251 (141), 252 (142), 253 (150), 288, 341, 342, 345.01, 347 (only 3 hours, not 5), 349 (only 3 hrs)
  • Philosophy 240, 242H
  • Physics 455H
  • Scandinavian 520
  • Spanish 322
  • Theatre 100+, 101H, 161, 230H, 271, 280 (only 3 hrs)
  • Women's Studies 230, 317

[2] Non-US/Non-Europe focus

  • History of Art 213, 216, 260, 305, 350, 360, 505, 576, 582
  • Korean 505
  • Music 250 (140), 348
  • Russian 360
  • Slavic 360
  • Spanish 330, 380
D. Cultures and Ideas

[+] Signifies that the course is also listed in another GEC category and can be used to satisfy both.

[1] US/Europe focus

  • African-American & African Studies 303+
  • Allied Medicine 307
  • Arabic 367+
  • Arts & Sciences 500
  • Classics 224, 225, 226, 230, 240, 250
  • Comparative Studies 170, 234+, 241+, 242+, 264, 272, 275, 305, 336+, 339, 345, 367.01+, 367.02+, 367.03+, 373
  • Dance 357+
  • English 167H, 264, 270, 271, 276, 277
  • Environment and Natural Resources 367
  • French 153
  • German 275, 299
  • History 306 , 346+
  • History of Art 306 (240), 570
  • Jewish Studies 201
  • Landscape Architecture 367
  • Linguistics 201, 301 (311), 303+
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies 210, 212, 215, 217, 226, 240
  • Modern Greek 200, 241
  • Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 311, 341
  • Philosophy 101, 130, 170, 230, 270, 336+
  • Romanian 235
  • Slavic Languages & Literatures 130
  • Spanish 150
  • Women's Studies 101+
  • Yiddish 241, 367

[2] Non-US/Non-Europe focus

  • African-American & African Studies 342, 485.01
  • Anthropology 241
  • Arabic 241, 377
  • Art Educ 255
  • Chinese 231, 232
  • Comparative Studies 270, 274, 315, 335, 376, 377
  • East Asian Language & Literature 131, 341
  • Hebrew 216, 241, 376, 379
  • History 330.01
  • Japanese 231
  • Korean 231
  • Medieval & Renaissance Studies 211, 213, 214, 216, 218
  • Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 241, 244, 314, 344, 345, 351, 360, 370, 380
  • Persian 241
  • Portuguese 330, 335
  • Russian 135, 235
  • Spanish 151, 331
  • Turkish 241