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General Academic Requirements

Muhlenberg College general academic requirements are designed to furnish students with the theoretical and practical knowledge that an educated person should possess regardless of personal career goals. (for students who began at Muhlenberg prior to Fall 2013)


I. Academic Skills (6 courses)
  • Writing (competency in writing clear and cogent expository prose)
    1. First Year Seminar
    2. two additional writing intensive courses (W)
    (one must be designated by the major department)
  • Oral Expression (skills in speaking clearly and effectively in small groups or to larger audiences)
    1. First Year Seminar
    2. other seminar courses
  • Reasoning (the ability to understand and utilize mathematical and/or logical relationships, to analyze data, to construct and assess arguments, and to make sound judgments)
    1. one course (G)
  • Language (the development of the basic skills of language acquisition and usage such as understanding grammatical structure, oral-aural ability, reading comprehension, and writing ability, as well as an introduction to the cultural aspects of language study)
    1. two courses in the same language (FL) OR
    2. proficiency adequate to prepare students for the 
    Conversation and Composition course in language

II. Perspectives (10 courses)

  • Literature and the Arts (an exploration of the various modes of creative expression in order to enhance understanding and appreciation of works of the creative mind)
    1. The Fine Arts - once course (A)
    2. Literature - once course (L)
  • Meaning and Value (an examination of what it means to be human and a study of the values that should direct our conduct or could give meaning to our lives through a consideration of religious traditions or philosophical)
    1. Philosophical Reflection - one course (P)
    2. Religious Traditions - once course (R)
  • Human Behavior and Social Institutions (an understanding of the relationship of the individual to social institutions through a study of individual and group behavior as well as the structure, purpose, ideology, and dynamics of social institutions)
    1. two courses from different departments (B)
  • Historical Studies (an understanding of the past that embraces a broad range of human activity, that takes seriously the integrity of the past, that explores the connection between successive events in time and that examines the processes by which the past has become the present)
    1. one course (H)
  • Physical and Life Sciences (an exploration of our current understanding of natural phenomena; a study of the methods employed to formulate a consistent set of explanations that are developed from and applied to experimental observations)
    1. two courses from different departments OR
    2. one full year of laboratory science within one department (S)
  • Diversity and Difference (a focus on the practices and perspectives of one or more human societies outside the geographic boundaries of Europe or the United States, or on the practices and perspectives of one or more marginalized ethnic minority populations within Europe or the United States)
    1. one course (D)

III. Exploration and Integration

First Year Seminar

IV. Physical Education (designed to promote an understanding of the elements of physical well-being)

Principles of Fitness and Wellness