General Education Requirements

General education (GE) requirements focus on the development of writing, speaking, analytical, and interpretive skills. In these courses, students will have ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with foundational divisions of knowledge. General education requirements are discipline specific, so each department determines which courses are needed. Normally, students complete their GE requirements at Claremont McKenna College, but a non-CMC course can be used with approval from a department chair.

General Education Requirements Checklist

Below is an overview of CMC’s general education requirements for entering students. The course numbers refer to CMC and Keck Science Department courses only, so the rules and numbers will not apply to courses at the other Claremont colleges.

GENERAL Courses to be completed by all students
Freshman Writing Seminar

FWS 010 CM
Must be completed within the first or second semester

Freshman Humanities Seminar

FHS 010 CM
Must be completed within the first or second semester

Foreign Language

Competency at the third college semester of a foreign language
May be waived based on a placement exam

Mathematics or Computer Science

Any CMC mathematics or computer science course

Lab Science

One laboratory science course offered by Keck Science Department or elsewhere within The Claremont Consortium
Must be completed by the end of the second year at CMC

Physical Education

Three physical education activity courses, or two seasons of a sport
Must register for activities and sports to count

Senior Thesis

To be completed in the senior year; related to the student’s major(s)

Humanities

For the general education requirement in the humanities, all students must complete a designated course in two of the following four fields of study outside of their major(s): literature in a foreign language, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Students who major in one or more of these fields must complete courses in three of the four fields.

HUMANITIES Courses in two areas outside the student’s major(s) are required
Foreign Literature

The fourth semester of a European or classical language,
the fifth semester of Korean or Arabic, or the sixth semester
of Chinese or Japanese

Literature

Any CMC literature course numbered 50 or above

Philosophy

Any CMC philosophy course numbered below 60

Religious Studies

Any CMC religious studies course numbered 180 or below

Social Sciences

For the general education requirement in the social sciences, students must complete at least one designated course in three of the following four fields of study outside of their major(s): economics, government, history, and psychology. Students majoring in one or more of these fields must complete an appropriate course in each of the four fields.

SOCIAL SCIENCES Courses in 3 areas outside the student’s major(s) are required
ECON 050 CM

Principles of Economic Analysis

GOVT 020 CM

Introduction to American Politics

History

Any CMC history course numbered under 170

Psychology

Any CMC psychology course numbered under 100

More detailed information about CMC’s General Education Requirements is available in the online course catalog.

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