General Education Requirements

General education requirements are an important part of the School of Business student experience. The requirements for School of Business students are determined by School of Business faculty and administrators, and align with the standards set forth by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). UConn is an AACSB-accredited institution.

Your Advisement Report (or Academic Requirements Report) within Student Admin is your best source of information as to which requirements you have completed and which are remaining.

Students in the School of Business are required to complete specific School of Business Required Courses. These courses may also satisfy a University Content Area requirement. Students must also ensure they are meeting all University general education requirements, as outlined below. 
Keep in mind that while there are many options listed below, these courses may not be offered every term so it is important for students to plan accordingly.  Substitutions will not be made based on course availability.

Critical Required Courses

Complete in first four terms:

Each of these foundational courses (some of which satisfy University Content Area and Competency requirements) must be completed in the first four terms, prior to taking essential 3000/4000-level Business coursework:

ACCT 2001

ECON 1201

ECON 1202

ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011

MATH 1070Q

MATH 1071Q or 1131

STAT 1000Q or 1100Q

  • It is suggested that a student have all Critical Q (MATH & STAT) courses complete before taking ACCT 2001, which is common for students with AP or summer credits. Accounting majors are recommended to take ACCT 2001 in their third term, and ACCT 2101 in their fourth term, so that they are prepared for the 3000-level ACCT coursework in their fifth term.
  • Students may opt to take ECON 1200 to satisfy ECON 1201 and 1202. ECON 1200 is an intensive course ONLY recommended for students who have a successful background in Economics. ECON 1000 is recommended preparation for ECON 1200.
  • Students who place into ENGL 1003/1004 as a prerequisite for ENGL 1010/1011 (placement based on SAT or TOEFL score) can use the ENGL 1003/1004 credits towards elective credits. Honors Scholars take ENGL 2011 in place of ENGL 1010/1011.
  • Other approved math sequences include 1131Q & 1132Q; 1131Q & 1070Q; 1151Q & 1152Q; and 1151Q & 1070Q. See the undergraduate catalog for the full list.
  • Students who transfer in STAT 91100 Q-level coursework will have their STAT requirement met automatically.

University Requirements

Complete by graduation:

All School of Business students must have:

  • Passed the third year level course in high school in a single foreign language, ancient or modern
  • Two units/levels of a single foreign language in high school PLUS an added year of college courses at a more advanced level in a single foreign language
  • Completion of two years (four semesters) through the college Intermediate Level

Students who have not satisfied the above but are competent in a second language may view Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages Second Language Waiver Guidelines. Substitutions are not made for this requirement without a University approved Academic Adjustment.

Second language competency requirements should be completed as early as possible.

All UConn students must complete at least one Content Area 3: Science and Technology – Laboratory Course.

Students who complete both the laboratory course GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1051, GSCI 1055 or GSCI/GEOG 1070 may request that the CA3 course be converted from a CA3 non-laboratory to a CA3 – Laboratory either by contacting Degree Audit directly, or submitting a request via the Substitution/Course Evaluation Request Form.

Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.

In addition to completing ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011 (for Honors Scholars), all UConn students must take at least two writing-intensive (W) courses. School of Business students must complete either BUSN 3002W or BUSN 3003W (as listed on their major plan of study) PLUS an additional writing-intensive (W) course of their choosing.  Substitutions are not made for this requirement.

*Students can “double dip” to satisfy the additional writing-intensive course if ta Business required course is taken as a writing-intensive (W) course, such as ANTH 1000W or HIST 1501W.  See FAQs below for more details.

Business student in the Honors program can confirm if the thesis course in their major will count as their additional writing-intensive course on the Honors Advising page.

The First-Year Writing office at the University of Connecticut conducts Writing Course Equivalency Reviews for transfer students who have completed coursework equivalent to UConn’s First-Year Writing courses (ENGL 1010/1011) at another accredited institution.  Transfer student may review eligibility and procedures to initiate a request on the Department of English website.

Most students will have this requirement met by taking a School of Business requirement that is also a Content Area 2:

AFRA 3152 / ANTH 3152 (Business Diversity)

ANTH 1000/W (Business International or Diversity)

COMM 1000 (Business Communication)

GEOG 1700 (Business International or Diversity)

GEOG 2000 (Business International or Diversity)

HRTS 1007 (Business International or Diversity)

POLS 1202 (Business International or Diversity)

POLS 1207 (Business International or Diversity)

SOCI 1501/W (Business Diversity)

WGSS 2124 (Business International or Diversity)

Students must understand and be mindful of restrictions regarding double dipping across content areas.  See FAQs below for more detail.

School of Business Required Courses

Complete by graduation:

One course from the following list:

ECON 2102/W

HIST 1201

HIST 1400

HIST 1501/W

HIST 1502/W

HIST 1800

HIST 3705

HIST 1600 / LLAS 1190/W

Courses above satisfy Content Area 1: Arts & Humanities.  Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.

HIST 1501 and 1502 are recommended for students who have not completed high school level courses in American Government and American History.

One course from the following list:

PHIL 1101

PHIL 1102

PHIL 1103

PHIL 1104

PHIL 1105

PHIL 1106*

PHIL 1107*

PHIL 1175

*PHIL 1106 and 1107 can “double dip” to satisfy the Business Philosophy AND the Business International or Business Diversity School of Business requirements.  However, students may not be able to double dip across University Content Area requirements.  See FAQs below for more details.

Courses above satisfy Content Area 1: Arts & Humanities.  Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.

One course from the following list:

COMM 1000*

COMM 1100

Students transferring in COM 171 from a Connecticut Community College will have the Business Communications requirement met, but must submit a Substitution/Course Evaluation Request Form upon admission to the School of Business for processing.

*Only COMM 1000 satisfies Content Area 2: Social Sciences.  Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.

COMM 1100 is recommended for Accounting majors. COMM 1000 is recommended for students interested in pursuing a COMM minor.

PSYC 1100

Substitutions are not made for this requirement.  Advanced Placement (AP) credit for PSYC 91000 does not satisfy this requirement.  Students who transfer in PSYC 1101 must still complete PSYC 1100.

One course from the following list:

ANTH 1000/W

ANTH 3153/W / HRTS 3153/W

CLCS 2201

GEOG 1700

GEOG 2000

HRTS 1007

NRE 2600

PHIL 1106*

POLS 1202

POLS 1207

WGSS 2124 (formerly offered as WGSS 1124)

*PHIL 1106 can “double dip” to satisfy the Business Philosophy AND the Business International or Business Diversity School of Business requirements. However, students may not be able to double dip across University Content Area requirements.  See FAQs below for more details.

Courses above satisfy Content Area 4: Diversity and Multiculturalism – International. Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.  Courses taken abroad (1993/2993/3993 course numbers) or transferred in from other institutions (91000/92000/93000 course numbers) may be considered for a substitution.  Students may refer to the catalog descriptions for the courses above, and the GEOC guidelines for Diversity & Multiculturalism for guidance on course expectations.  Students must submit the syllabus for the course and request evaluation via the Substitution/Course Evaluation Request Form.

POLS 1202 is recommended for students who have not completed a High School level course in American Government.

An additional course from Business International list above, or one course from following list:

AFRA 3152 / ANTH 3152

AFRA 3642 / POLS 3642

AMST 1201 / ENGL 1201 / HIST 1503

INTD 2245

PHIL 1107*

SOCI 1501/W

*PHIL 1107 can “double dip” to satisfy the Business Philosophy AND the Business Diversity School of Business requirements.  However, students may not be able to double dip across University Content Area requirements.  See FAQs below for more details.

Courses above satisfy Content Area 4: Diversity and Multiculturalism. Substitutions are not made for any other courses taken at UConn.  Courses taken abroad (1993/2993/3993 course numbers) or transferred in from other institutions (91000/92000/93000 course numbers) may be considered for a substitution.  Students may refer to the catalog descriptions for the courses above, and the GEOC guidelines for Diversity & Multiculturalism for guidance on course expectations.  Students must submit the syllabus for the course and request evaluation via the Substitution/Course Evaluation Request Form.

Students interested in a dual degree with, or considering switching majors from Business into a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences can use these guides highlighting Business required courses that overlap with CLAS requirements.

FAQs

Yes and no.

Students may double dip between any School of Business requirement without restriction.  However, there are restrictions regarding double dipping between University Content Areas 1 through 4 (CA1, CA2, CA3, and CA4).  Courses fulfilling CA1, CA2, and CA3 must be drawn from at least six different subject areas; one CA4 course can “double dip” with CA1, CA2, or CA3 (see the catalog for full description).

For example, a student may take PHIL 1106 to satisfy both the Business Philosophy AND Business Diversity requirements.   Further, that student could take GEOG 1700 to satisfy Business International AND Social Science/CA2.  HOWEVER, in this example, the student could not "double dip" both PHIL 1106 (across CA1 & CA4) and GEOG 1700 (across CA2 & CA4) for University requirements because you can only double dip one CA4 course with CA1, CA2, or CA3.  In this example, the student would have to take an additional course in CA4 (or CA1 or CA2) to complete their University requirements before they graduate.

Another example is if a student chooses to take ECON 2102 to satisfy the Business Arts & Humanities requirement (and also a CA1), they cannot use ECON 1201/1202 to satisfy the CA2 requirement since Economics is already being used in to satisfy CA1.  In this example, the student would have to take an additional CA1 or CA2 to complete their University requirements before they graduate.

You can "double dip" between any Content Area and a Competency without restriction, meaning a student could take HIST 1501W and it would satisfy Business Arts & Humanities AND CA1 AND Writing Competency.

In most cases, students will satisfy their University general education requirements with their School of Business required courses. You can always refer to your Advisement Report (or Academic Requirements Report) within Student Admin to see what classes you have or currently are taking and where those courses are counting.

No. Students who are not currently in the School of Business should use the Plan of Study and the information on this page to plan accordingly, and take courses that will satisfy the requirements listed.

The exception to this is if a student needs ACCT 2001 (Financial Accounting) reviewed for eligibility to apply to the School of Business as a current UConn student. Non-Business students may submit the syllabus for review through the Substitution/Course Evaluation Request Form.

Students admitted to the School of Business have their academic records reviewed by the Advising staff upon admission, and will be informed of any substitutions for which they qualify during the advising process.

Students not admitted to the School of Business can review the information available on this page and our transfer resource pages.  Students may choose to visit an Advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Advising to help review this information, but a student must currently be in the School of Business to submit a substitution request.  It will be important to save your syllabi should you gain admission so that you can submit complete requests.

Courses that transfer in as BA 91000 count as elective Business credit and will not count towards the 60 required non-Business credits, and students should plan accordingly.

Yes, a Business general education “W” course can also be used to satisfy a “W” requirement.

In addition to completing Freshman English (ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011), all UConn students must take at least two writing-intensive (W) courses. School of Business students must complete either BUSN 3002W or BUSN 3003W (as listed on their major plan of study) PLUS an additional writing-intensive (W) course of their choosing. This additional writing-intensive course could double dip between a School of Business required course and the Writing Competency requirement (i.e. ANTH 1000W or HIST 1501W).