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Gen Ed - Bachelor of Arts (BA) Requirements

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students who matriculate before 29 August 2011:

In addition to the credits required for the General Education requirements, students must take nine credits of courses numbered 200 or above with at least one course prerequisite (“upper level”) in an area outside the academic major. These nine credits may not be presented to satisfy the general education requirements in Human Values and Social Contexts, Mathematics and Science.

Honors College interpretation: Since these courses may not be used to satisfy general education requirements, the Honors core (Civilizations sequence & usually one tutorial) will not cover this requirement.  However, tutorials taken outside the major (as most are) would satisfy the requirement if they were not needed for gen ed.  Likewise, thesis work not done in the major (though we don’t recommend this!) would count, too.

Students who matriculate on or after 29 August 2011:

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete a minor outside the major or a second major. Please note: This and other BA requirements do not apply to BME, MUP, PHY (BS), CHY (BS), COS (BS), AND BFA degrees in the college.

Honors College interpretation: Again, since the Honors curriculum is not a minor, it will not satisfy this requirement.

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

To obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree students must complete, within their program of study, 27 credits in courses meeting the human values and social context general education criteria of the university. At least 12 credits of these must be at the 200 level or above.

Honors College interpretation: Completing the Civilizations sequence and a tutorial should satisfy 19 of these 27 credits, including 11 of the requirement for credits above the 200 level.

In particular, for a BA in Biology, Botany, or Zoology:

The BA also requires students to develop an enriched international perspective. This may be done by (1) establishing proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level, (2) completing at least one semester in a University of Maine approved foreign exchange program, or (3) completing nine credits in General Education courses in Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives. Credits earned may be used to fulfill some General Education requirements. The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture has a BA requirement of 27 credits in General Education courses in Human Values and Social Context.

Honors College interpretation: While the Honors core (Civilizations & one tutorial) will satisfy 19 of these 27 credits, since none of the Civilizations courses are specifically designated as Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, you may still need an additional 9 credits in that area if you don’t do (1) or (2) above.

We are currently pursuing clarification of all of these requirements.


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