Freshman Course Requirements
Most first-semester freshmen in our college will take 15 to 17 credit hours (or 5-6 classes). A credit hour is the number of credits a course is worth; most courses are worth 3 credits without a lab and 4 credits with a lab. Students must take a minimum of 12 hours to be considered full-time (important for a variety of reasons including health insurance, financial aid, scholarships, housing, etc.), but the maximum number of credits any student is allowed to take without special permission is 18.
*Make sure that you allow a minimum of 30-45 minutes in between classes that meet on Main Campus and classes that meet on Centennial Campus.
Required classes are in bold. Other classes should be used to reach 15-17 credits.
- T 101
- TT 105
- FTD 104
- D 100
- A HESF 100-level course (highly encouraged in first semester)
- MA 131 depending on placement (MA 231 if you have credit for MA 131)
- If you placed into MA 107, it is highly recommended you take that your first semester.
- ENG 101
- GEP course (see below for course recommendations)
General Education Program (GEP) Course Options
You might consider special sections of GEP courses called First Year Inquiry (FYI) sections. These are sections reserved for new freshmen that feature a small student/faculty ratio and active learning opportunities. To see Fall 2021 FYI class sections, click here.
The lists below contain examples of GEP courses for each category, but these are not your only options. To review the full list of Humanities and Social Sciences, click the links below.
USD – US Diversity
GK – Global Knowledge
All NC State students are required to take one GK course and one USD course. You don’t have to take one your first semester but we want you to be aware of this requirement.
|ENG 207||Studies in Poetry|
|ENG 208||Studies in Fiction|
|ENG 209||Introduction to Shakespeare|
|HI 207||Ancient Mediterranean World||GK|
|HI 208||The Middle Ages||GK|
|HI 209||Europe, Renaissance to Waterloo, 1300-1815||GK|
|HI 210||Modern Europe 1815-Present||GK|
|HI 215||Latin America to 1826||GK|
|HI 216||Latin America Since 1826||GK|
|HI 221||British History to 1688||GK|
|HI 232||The World from 1200-1750||GK|
|HI 233||The World Since 1750||GK|
|HI 253||Early American History||USD|
|HI 254||Modern American History||USD|
|HI 264||Modern Asia: 1800 to Present||GK|
|HI 270||Modern Middle East||GK|
|PHIL 205||Introduction to Philosophy|
|PHIL 210||Representation, Reason, Reality|
|PHIL 221||Contemporary Moral Issues|
|REL 210||Religious Traditions of the World||GK|
|REL 311||Introduction to the Old Testament||GK|
|REL 312||Introduction to the New Testament||GK|
GEP Social Sciences
|AFS 305||Racial and Ethnic Relations||USD|
|ANT 251||Physical Anthropology|
|ANT 252||Cultural Anthropology||GK|
|ANT/ SOC 261||Technology in Society and Culture||GK|
|COM 112||Interpersonal Communication|
|GEO/ SOC 220||Cultural Geography||GK|
|PS 201||American Politics and Government|
|PS 202||State and Local Government|
|PSY 200||Introduction to Psychology|
|SOC 202||Principles of Sociology||USD|
|SOC 203||Current Social Problems||USD|
|SOC/WGS 204||Sociology of Family||USD|
|SOC 205||Jobs and Work|
|SOC 206||Social Deviance|
|SOC 207||Language and Society||USD|