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General Education (GE) Courses
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English Courses
How many English electives should I register for?

Placement in an English course depends on the SAT writing score results (the essay score for the new SAT), EEE, or TOEFL, as shown in the table below.

  • If your score places you as ready for English 203, you will have to register for English 203 and English 206 (or 204 if you are a Graphic Design major).
  • If placed below English 203, you will have to register for all the courses (in sequence) up to and including English 206.
  • If you took English 203 during your freshman year, this English course will not be counted toward your degree and you will have to register for another English course in addition to English 206.

Placement in English Communication Skills Courses:

​EEE TOEFL (PBT) TOEFL (CBT) TOEFL (IBT) SAT writing* English Course
​<375 ​<490 ​<163 ​<57 ​≤340 ​UPP
​375-449 ​490-500 ​163-173 ​57-61 ​350 ​100A
​450-499
​503-567 ​177-227 ​62-87 ​360-370 100B
​500-530 ​573-587 ​230-240 ​88-95 ​380-470 102​
​431-569
​590-653 ​243-280 ​96-99 ​480-640 ​203
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

​204


*The SAT writing will be changed to the essay score in the new SAT once confirmed by the English department and the Admissions Office.

Can an English course be used to satisfy the requirements of both a humanities elective and an English elective at the same time?

No, double dipping is not allowed. An English course can be counted either as an English elective or a humanities elective. One course will not satisfy two requirements.

When should I register for English 206?

It is recommended that English 206 be taken prior to registering for the Internship; this course will help prepare you to write a high quality technical report following your internship.

Arabic Courses
What Arabic electives can I register for?

When choosing an Arabic course, you should refer to the General Education website, check the attributes of the Arabic courses offered, and register for only a course with “communication skills” as an attribute. You may register for any Arabic course that is equal to or above ARABIC 201B without taking a placement test. If you feel that you will be unable to cope with this level of Arabic, you will need to take an Arabic placement test that is administered by the Arabic department. Results on this test may enable you to register for ARABIC 201A. The dates to take the test are specified on the Arabic Placement Test weblink.

To be exempted from Arabic, you should contact the Admissions Office where you will be told about the documents required for exemption. If exempted from Arabic, you may register for any of the following courses: Arabic for exempted students (Arabic 200), any linguistics course, a social sciences course, or a humanities course.

How many social sciences and humanities electives should I register for?

The General Education requirements for all engineering students are as follows1:

  • 9 cr. of humanities courses: only two courses can be taken from List II
  • 6 cr. of social sciences courses: only one course can be taken from List II
  • 1 ethics course classified as a humanities course on List I - INDE 410 or for some programs students may register PHIL 210 (or another ethics course but you must submit a petition to do so)

The General Education requirements for specific engineering programs are as follows:

  • Chemical Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities (one must be an ethics course), and 6 credits in the social sciences including ECON 212.
  • Civil Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities including INDE 410 as the ethics course, and 6 credits in the social sciences.
  • Construction Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities including INDE 410 as the ethics course, and 6 credits in the social sciences including ECON 212.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer and Communications Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities including INDE 410 as the ethics course, and 6 credits in social sciences.
  • Industrial Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities including INDE 410 as the ethics course, and 6 credits in the social sciences including ECON 211.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Students are required to complete 12 credits in the humanities (one must be an ethics course), and 6 credits in the social sciences.


The General Education requirements for Architecture and Graphic Design students are as follows:

  • Architecture: Students are required to complete 12 credit hours of approved electives in humanities, including ARCH 121 and 122; 6 credit hours of an approved elective in social sciences, including ARCH 332; 6 credit hours of an approved elective in natural sciences, including ARCH 151; and 3 credit hours of an approved elective in quantitative thought: CMPS 207.
  • Graphic Design: Students are required to complete 12 credit hours of approved electives in humanities including ARCH 121 and ARCH 122, 6 credit hours of approved electives in social sciences including GRDS 331, 6 credit hours of approved electives in natural sciences, and 3 credit hours of approved electives in quantitative thought: CMPS 207.

The lists of General Education courses are on the GE website. If you want to check to see if you have completed the GE requirements, you need to go to the GE advisor on the GE website.

1Based on the GE board requirements, humanities and social sciences courses are classified into two groups. Students are required to register for at least two courses from List I in humanities (the ethics courses are classified as List I) and at least one social sciences course from List I. The remaining GE requirements can be taken from List II. For ArD, the List I requirements are satisfied for humanities by the courses ARCH 121 and ARCH 122, and the social sciences requirements by ARCH 332 and GRDS 331.
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