Academic Resources

General Education Program

GEP Requirements

GEP Requirements fall into four main categories: (1) signature courses, (2) variable courses, (3) integrative learning courses, and (4) overlay requirements.  Select the buttons on the right for more information about each of the following areas of the GEP:

Signature Courses (6 courses)
Non-transfer students must take their signature core courses at SJU.  Advanced Placement (AP) credit cannot be used to fulfill any of the signature course requirements. 

PHL 154 Moral Foundations
THE 154 Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition
ENG 102 Texts and Contexts (pre-req: ENG 101)
HIS 154 Forging the Modern World
First Year Seminar
Faith and Reason course (pre-reqs: PHL 154 and THE 154)

Variable Courses (Maximum 10 courses)
Transfer credit and/or AP credit may be used to satisfy GEP variable requirements.

Art, Music/Theatre/Film, or Literature
Mathematics Beauty
Natural Science
Non-Native Language
Social/Behavioral Science
Philosophical Anthropology
Religious Difference
Writing

Integrative Learning Courses (3 courses)
The GEP integrative learning component (ILC) involves three courses that are specified by a student’s primary major. ILC courses count toward the GEP rather than the major. They must be College of Arts and Sciences courses that are taken outside of the student’s major department.

Overlay Requirements (3 overlay areas)
Overlay requirements may be satisfied by major courses, elective courses, or GEP courses (with some restrictions). Students must satisfy the following overlay requirements:

Diversity, Globalization, or Non-Western Studies
Ethics Intensive
Writing Intensive

Select the buttons on the right for additional information about each of GEP areas listed above.

For the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016

Of the four GEP requirements, Faith Reason and the three overlay requirements, students in the class of 2014 need to satisfy two of the four requirements and students in the class of 2015 need to satisfy three of the four. 

Of the three GEP overlay requirements, students in the class of 2016 need to satisfy two of the three requirements; students in the class of 2016 must take a Faith Reason course.