General Education Requirements
The Ohio State University is committed to educating students for life as well as for their future careers. The university's General Education (GE) requirements are a vital piece of their education that every undergraduate student at Ohio State shares, regardless of major. It is designed to enhance a student's technical training for a career in a specific field with other skills that will make them a well-rounded person. These include skills such as communication, critical analysis, and cultural awareness.
Beginning in Autumn 2022, the university will implement a new set of GE requirements for most new students. If you began your Ohio State undergraduate degree before Autumn 2022, you won't need to change your plans; your courses will still be offered and listed as "General Education - Legacy" courses.
The new GE is a coherent three-part program consisting of:
- Bookend courses (2 hours) Students will take a launch seminar and a concluding reflection seminar to begin and end the GE program. For engineering students, the concluding reflection seminar is a part of your senior capstone design course and will not be a separate requirement.
- Foundation courses (22-25 hours) -- Students will take one course in each of seven distinct disciplines.
- Theme courses (8-12 hours) -- All students will take courses in the Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World Theme (4-6 hours) and in one additional Theme of their choosing:
- Lived Environments (4-6 hours)
- Sustainability (4-6 hours)
- Health and Well-being (4-6 hours)
Transfer students who have been working toward transitioning to Ohio State and will enter between the Autumn 2022 and Summer 2024 sessions may petition to participate in the Legacy (college-specific) GE. Students will need to work with their advisors to make this decision and file the petition to opt into the Legacy GE.