You need at least 18 credit hours in humanities and social sciences (H&SS) and writing in order to graduate. Some majors require more credit hours in this area. You can learn more about the courses below, including course descriptions and prerequisites, in the University Catalog.
The following minimum requirements apply:
A. Writing: 3 credit hours. Choose one of the following:
B. Humanities and Social Sciences: 15 credit hours of approved courses, of which 6 must be at the upper-division level (3000 or higher).
1) Any course included in any of the following seven categories of courses in the A&S Core also counts as an H&SS elective in the College of Engineering and Applied Science:
The particular courses included in these categories are easily found on the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum web page.
2) The Herbst Program of Humanities teaches H&SS courses designed especially for engineers, including Engineering Honors courses. These all have "HUEN" or "EHON" as their prefix, and all of them count as H&SS electives. For a list of offerings by the Herbst Program, see this list.
3) Foreign language courses (all courses at 1000- and 2000- levels; selected courses at 3000+ levels). Many of these classes are not listed in the A&S Core; however, the college encourages students to pursue the study of a new language. Students should NOT enroll in courses for which they have already mastered the material (e.g., if already fluent in a language other than English). In these cases, students should refer to the College of Arts and Sciences Policy on Enrollment in Undergraduate Language Courses, as posted on the policy page of the A&S web site.
Note: A foreign languages department prefix is not sufficient for a course to be considered a foreign language course; the course must specifically address the learning of a target foreign language.
4) Approval is granted for any group of four courses that would count toward a minor field in any of the following departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, or Women's Studies. (Note: These courses are approved for H&SS credit only if taken as a group of four courses that would count toward a minor field.) For further information on minor fields, see www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/students/undergraduates/minors.html.
5) Any other course specifically approved for all students by the Undergraduate Education Council of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
The following courses are so approved:
Up to six credits of the following ROTC courses also count as H&SS electives:
Up to one credit hour of GEEN 1510 is also approved.
6) "Critical Thinking" courses offered by non-science departments through the Spring 2010 semester.
7) The college may consider meaningful groupings of courses in related subjects for H&SS electives, even if they are not courses in the A&S Core, when they are grouped so as to form a coherent plan of study. Students must petition for any proposed set of courses.
In choosing your H&SS electives, try to envision a coherent plan that combines both breadth and depth. Avoid accumulating a host of unrelated and/or introductory courses. There are many useful and reasonable ways to combine H&SS courses, but you need to think first about your particular interests and needs. A few organizing strategies:
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