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General Studies Program

All students are required to complete a complete a common curriculum of courses called the General Studies Program. General Studies courses may not be used in meeting requirements for both the General Studies Program and requirements for a major or minor

Requirements for the General Studies Program may change without notice. For transfer guides and information regarding transfer of courses from Alabama two-year colleges, visit

The student must complete a six-hour General Studies sequence in Literature or History. This sequence must be within the same content areas for the selected discipline (i.e., six hours in American Literature or six hours in World History). Some major programs specify this sequence. The student should consult the listing of specialized criteria for the selected major.

Some programs, majors or minors may have specialized general studies requirements. Consult the descriptions of these programs in this Catalog for information.

All prerequisites for any courses listed below must be met prior to enrollment in these course. For additional information, please refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Area I (6 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in ENG 1101 and 1102 .

ENG 1101


Composition and Modern English I, or placement in ENG 1103 Honors English Composition I

ENG 1102


Composition and Modern English II, or placement in ENG 1104 Honors English Composition II

Area II ( 12 hours)



1000-2000 level course within Literature (3 hours)

1000-2000 level course with an expanded historical and cultural scope in the Fine Arts, including the disciplines of Art, Music, Theatre, Film or other Fine Arts areas (3 hours).

Any 1000-2000 level courses with an expanded historical and cultural scope in the Humanities/Fine Arts disciplines, including Classics, Communication, Dance, English, World Languages, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Religion, Sign Language, Theatre, or other Humanities/ Fine Arts areas (6 hours).

Area III (11 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in mathematics. Students should consult the listing of specialized general studies requirements for their major. A higher level mathematics course, or other math requirement, may be required or one of the following two courses may be specified for your major.



MTH 1110


Finite Mathematics




MTH 1112


Pre-Calculus Algebra or higher

Any 1000-2000 level laboratory science classes (class and lab both required) from the following Science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science or other Science areas: (8 hours)

Area IV (12 hours)

See above regarding the sequence requirement.



Any 1000-2000 level course with a principal focus in History (3 hours).

Any 1000-2000 level courses from the following Social Science disciplines: Anthropology, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Geography, History, Hospitality, Tourism, Sport Management, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership, Nursing, Nutrition, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, Sociology or other Social Science areas (9 hours).

Area V (18-22 hours)

IS 2241


Computer Concepts and Applications

TROY 1101


University Orientation

Select an additional 14-18 hours of requirements specified by the major or program. (See the descriptions of programs, majors and programs in this catalog.) If no specific requirements for the major or program are designated, the student must take an additional 14 hours of electives. 

*TROY 1105 is required for students who must complete both developmental math and developmental English.

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