First-year students who begin Temple University in or at any time after Fall 2008 must complete the GenEd curriculum, consisting of 11 courses in 9 different areas.

Course Sequencing – Foundation First

Students are advised to take the three-semester sequence formed by Analytical Reading & Writing and Intellectual Heritage I & II as soon as possible after entering Temple in order and in successive semesters.

Students are advised to take the Gen Ed Quantitative Literacy course as soon as possible after entering Temple and before enrolling in Science & Technology courses.

Analytical Reading & Writing 1 course, 4 credits
Intellectual Heritage I & II 2 courses, 3 credits each
Quantitative Literacy 1 course, 4 credits
Arts 1 course, 3 or 4 credits
Human Behavior 1 course, 3 credits
Race & Diversity 1 course, 3 credits
Science & Technology 2 courses, 3 credits each
U.S. Society 1 course, 3 credits
World Society 1 course, 3 credits


In some circumstances–when they enter with qualifying AP scores or transfer credit, or due to their choice of a major or program–students will not be required to take certain GenEd courses.

For full information on GenEd waivers, please visit the Temple University Bulletin and navigate to the year in which you (the student) entered Temple University.

Minimum Grade

To successfully complete GenEd, students must earn a C- or better in each GenEd course.

Locating Courses

GenEd courses are identified with the numbers “08XX.” GenEd Honors courses are listed as “09XX.”

A single GenEd course can sometimes be taught by faculty from different departments, and will be offered in sections from different departments. For example, Dissent in America, from the U.S. Society area, can be taught by a faculty member from History or a faculty member from English. The number of the course–in this case 0825–remains the same.

Limits on Credit for Courses from the Same Department

Student may use no more than two courses from a single department to satisfy GenEd requirements. Foundation courses are excluded.