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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.

GEP Humanities
GEP Social Sciences

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.

GEP Humanities

PrefixTitleType
ENG 207Studies in Poetry 
ENG 208Studies in Fiction 
ENG 209Introduction to Shakespeare 
HI 207Ancient Mediterranean WorldGK
HI 208The Middle AgesGK
HI 209Europe, Renaissance to Waterloo, 1300-1815GK
HI 210Modern Europe 1815-PresentGK
HI 215Latin America to 1826GK
HI 216Latin America Since 1826GK
HI 221British History to 1688GK
HI 232The World from 1200-1750GK
HI 233The World Since 1750GK
HI 253Early American HistoryUSD
HI 254Modern American HistoryUSD
HI 264Modern Asia: 1800 to PresentGK
HI 270Modern Middle EastGK
PHIL 205Introduction to Philosophy 
PHIL 210Representation, Reason, Reality 
PHIL 221Contemporary Moral Issues 
REL 210Religious Traditions of the WorldGK
REL 311Introduction to the Old TestamentGK
REL 312Introduction to the New TestamentGK

GEP Social Sciences

PrefixTitleType
AFS 305Racial and Ethnic RelationsUSD
ANT 251Physical Anthropology 
ANT 252Cultural AnthropologyGK
ANT/ SOC 261Technology in Society and CultureGK
COM 112Interpersonal Communication 
GEO/ SOC 220Cultural GeographyGK
PS 201American Politics and Government 
PS 202State and Local Government 
PSY 200Introduction to Psychology 
SOC 202Principles of SociologyUSD
SOC 203Current Social ProblemsUSD
SOC/WGS 204Sociology of FamilyUSD
SOC 205Jobs and Work 
SOC 206Social Deviance 
SOC 207Language and SocietyUSD