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2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The General Education Program


Morgan’s General Education program and University Requirements are a broad network of courses, tests and extra-curricular experiences aimed at ensuring a common core of liberal arts knowledge, skills and collegiate experiences for all Morgan students. The courses which are part of the General Education and University Requirements have four broad goals, which are based on the principle that General Education is one of the most significant components of undergraduate education.

Morgan State University’s framework for the General Education Program (GEP) and the University Requirements is designed to enhance and integrate the general education program as the foundation of a liberal education. The general education program and university requirements were conceived in response to current demands to develop, educate and graduate young scholars and potential professionals who can succeed in a diverse, technological, competitive, global and interdependent society. The General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements will contribute to the development of college-educated individuals, who are engaged and informed citizens, and who are sensitive to the cultural and economic contexts, in which they are surrounded.

The Morgan General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements connect and integrate the academic units of the University with the units committed to other aspects of student life. The program also seeks to engage industry professionals, alumni, community residents and officials in the development of a comprehensive and world-class general education program. The Morgan General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements align with the 1) mission, vision, and strategic goals of Morgan State University (MSU); 2) standards of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC); 3) vision for college-level learning and intellectual framework of the Association of America Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS) designed to address P-24 initiatives on college and career readiness.

General Education

GOALS of the General Education Program (GEP)

The goals of the General Education Program are strengthened by the consistency with the University’s Strategic Goals. Specifically, the goals of the general education are as follows:

Goal 1: Enhance Student Success to create an educational environment that enhances student success on liberal education outcomes by hiring and retaining well qualified, experienced, and dedicated faculty and staff, offering challenging, internationally relevant academic curricula, and welcoming and supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Goal 2: Establish a culture of inquiry, evidence, and accountability that will examine and implement liberal education processes (inputs, process, and outputs); and document progress and achievements. The inquiry process is an integral component of the general education program. Faculty and staff encourage the inquiry process and use quantitative and qualitative data to guide reflections and to inform student, course and program improvement and adjustment decisions.

Goal 3: Grow resources and professional development that will expand the University’s human capital as well as its financial resources by investing in the professional development of faculty, staff, and students, seeking greater financial support to develop and sustain a world-class liberal education program.

Goal 4: Engage and integrate the university community with that of the greater local and regional community in dialog about the quality of liberal education outcomes that are essential for all students; and on how liberal education can be used to improve and support community initiatives. Students who successfully complete the program will have the following competencies:

Written and oral communications
Scientific and quantitative reasoning
Critical analysis and reasoning
Information literacy

General Education Requirements Distribution Areas

I. Information, Technological and Media Literacy — (IM) 3 Credits Required


Students must complete one of the options in the IM distribution area.

II. English Composition — (EC) 6 Credits Required


Students must select two courses from the EC distribution area; one from Part A and the other from Part B.

ENGL 101  is a pre-requisite for ENGL 102 ; ENGL 111  is a pre-requisite for ENGL 112 .  Students must earn a grade of C or better in both courses in the sequence.

III. Critical Thinking — (CT) 3 Credits Required

IV. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning — (MQ) 3 Credits Required

Must be MATH 109 or Above


Students should select the appropriate course after receiving advisement based on their placement test scores and selected major.

V. Arts and Humanities — (AH) 6 Credits Required

VI. Biological and Physical Sciences — (BP) 7 Credits Required


Students must select two courses from the BP distribution areas. At least one course must be lab-based.

Social and Behavioral Sciences – (SB) 6 Credits Required

VIII. Health and Healthful Living — (HH) 3 Credits Required


Students must complete one of the options in the HH distribution area.

IX. Contemporary and Global Issues, Ideas and Values — (CI) 3 Credits Required


Students must complete one of the options in the CI distribution area.

Total: 40 Credits

  •  In all instances, students should consult the academic catalog online or the detail class information in Websis for information on course prerequisites.
  •  Students should select the appropriate course(s) after receiving advisement based on their selected major.
  •  Subject to specific requirements for the various majors, minors and certificates, students may use a course(s) to satisfy identical course requirements in up to two of the following areas:  1) general education requirements; 2) requirements for the major; 3) requirements for the second major; 4) requirements for the minor; 5) requirements for the certificate.  The credits earned for the course count only once toward the total 120 credits (or more) needed for a degree or certificate program.


University Requirements

Consists of 2 (two) credits required for graduation chosen from the following:

I.  Any Physical (PHEC) Activity course, FIN 101 , or MIND 101 , or DSVG 101   


II.  The Orientation Course that corresponds with the school in which your major is located:

ORLA 101  for James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts, ORBM 102  for Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, ORED 103  for School of Education & Urban Studies, OREN 104  for Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, ORNS 106  for School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, ORAP 107  for School of Architecture & Planning, ORCH 109  for School of Community Health & Policy, ORSW 101  For School of Social Work, ORSJ 101  for School of Global Journalism & Communication, HONR 101  for Freshman Honors for Liberal Arts, HONR 106  for Freshman Honors in SCMNS.