General Education Policies and Requirements

Last update: May 2011

Grade Change and Repeat Policy

See Grades, Grading, and GPA, and Repeating a Course.

Credit/No Credit

Students may not take GenEd courses for credit/no credit.

Withdrawal Policy

See Withdrawal from Courses.

Course Sequencing

Students are advised to take the three-semester sequence formed by Analytical Reading & Writing and Mosaic I & II as soon as possible after entering Temple in order and in successive semesters.

Second Degrees

For students who hold an undergraduate degree from another recognized four-year university and who elect to pursue a second baccalaureate degree, schools and colleges may waive up to 9 credits of degree requirements outside the new major. Students must consult with the Academic Advising Center (AAC).

For students who hold an undergraduate degree from Temple University, they may have all GenEd requirements waived. Students must consult with the AAC.

Core and GenEd Correspondence for Grade Replacement

Students may replace a grade of a Core course from which they previously received an insufficient grade.

The following replacement options are currently available. Since the process is not automatic, students must facilitate GenEd Substitute Course Repeat Form with an academic advisor. Contact the AAC to schedule an appointment. The repeat course, however, may not be used to satisfy multiple areas of Core.

Core Courses GenEd Substitute Courses
Course Number
(old number in parentheses)
Title Course Number Title
Core Area - English Composition (CO)
English 1002 (C050) College Composition English 0802 Analytic Read & Writing
English 1012 (C051) College Composition - ESL English 0812 Analytical Read/Wrtg ESL
English 1022 (R050) College Composition English 0802 Analytic Read & Writing*
* English 0802, 0812 will satisfy the Core Composition requirement, but not the Core Race requirement.
Core Area - Intellectual Heritage (IA,IB)
IH 1196 (X051) Intellectual Heritage I IH 0851 Mosaic I*
IH 1996 (X091) Intellectual Herit I-Hon IH 0951 Mosaic I*
IH 1297 (X052) Intellectual Heritage II IH 0852** Mosaic II*
IH 1997 (X092) Intellectual Herit II-Hon IH 0952** Mosaic II*
*Students can earn credit for an IH course and also earn credit for the corresponding Mosaic course. For example, students who completed IH 1196 and earned 3 credits can opt to take IH 0851 (Mosaic I) and earn additional 3 credits.
**Students who have completed IH 1196 and still need to fulfill the IH 1297 requirement can complete Mosaic 0851 or 0852.
Core Area - Individual & Society (IN)
SOC 1376 (R059) Soc of Race and Racism SOC 0829 Hist Signif Race in Amer*
* The GenEd History & Significance of Race in America courses will satisfy the Core Race requirement, but not the Core Individual & Society or Core Writing Intensive requirements.
Core Area - International Studies (IS)
ANTHRO 1061 (C061) Cultures of the World ANTHRO 0867 World Regions & Cultures
Core Area - Quantitative Reasoning A (QA)
MATH 1011 (C055) College Mathematics* MATH 0824 Mathematical Patterns Math for a Digital World
* Students can earn credit for the College Math course and also earn credit for the corresponding GenEd course. For example, students who successfully completed Math 1011 to satisfy their QA can complete Math 0824 to satisfy their QB. However, students who previously earned below a C- in Math 1011 can use 0824 to replace the grade and satisfy the QA requirement.
Core Area - Studies in Race (RS)
SOC 1376 (R059) Soc of Race and Racism SOC 0829 Hist Signif Race in Amer**
* The GenEd History & Significance of Race in America courses will satisfy the Core Race requirement, but not the Core Individual & Society or Core Writing Intensive requirements.