Frequently Asked Questions
If you started your UNC degree before Fall 2022, you should follow the Making Connections Gen Ed curriculum. If you started your UNC degree in Fall 2022 or later, including taking summer classes at UNC prior to starting in Fall 2022, you should follow the IDEAs in Action Gen Ed curriculum.
Yes, with the exception of some First-Year Foundation courses. Some majors and minors may have additional restrictions. For more info, check the Catalog
Yes. Some courses are pre-approved. Other courses can be submitted for Gen Ed review via the Study Abroad Student Credit Portal. To learn more, visit the Study Abroad website.
Yes, transfer courses may fulfill Gen Ed requirements. If you receive equivalent course credit, you may use the transfer credit to fulfill the same Gen Ed requirement as the UNC course. For Gen Ed credit, it does not matter if the course was taken before or after starting at UNC, but there is a separate process for current students planning to take courses at another college or university. To learn more about the pre-approval process, visit the Admissions website.
This requirement broadens your perspective on the major by examining its relationship to work in at least one other field. If you are completing a BA degree, you may fulfill the requirement by completing a second major, completing a minor, or completing three courses numbered above 199 in departments outside your major.
No. All Gen Ed courses must be taken for a letter grade, with these exceptions: 1) LIFE-FIT courses are offered only pass or fail, 2) FY-THRIVE is offered only pass or fail, and 3) some forms of High Impact are offered only pass or fail.
Yes. If you think the transfer course meets the criteria for a Gen Ed requirement, you can submit a Credit Re-Evaluation request. To learn more, visit the Admissions website.
No. However, it is recommended that you start the GLBL-LANG requirement in your first two semesters, and preferably in your first semester. This is particularly helpful if you plan to pursue the same language you studied in high school. Some language courses are offered only in the fall or only in the spring.
No. If you complete the course with a passing grade, you have fulfilled the requirement and may not take another Triple-I course. If you do not complete the course with a passing grade, you will have to take another course to fulfill this requirement.
No. If you complete the course with a passing grade, you have fulfilled the requirement and may not take another course. If you do not complete the course with a passing grade, you will have to take another course to fulfill this requirement.
You can select FY-SEMINAR, FY-LAUNCH, and Triple-I courses based on your interest, but it helps to have an open mind when you are selecting your courses because you may not get your first choice or ideal course every time. If you are unsure about the courses you would like to take, talk to your academic advisor. They can provide support to help you make the right choice.
Yes. You should complete your First-Year Foundations requirements in your first two semesters if at all possible; however some First-Year Foundations courses may have offerings in the summer. First-year students are welcome to enroll in these courses to fulfill their requirements.
- If you completed an associate’s degree from a North Carolina Community College, you have satisfied all but GLBL-LANG.
- If you articulate in 24 or more credits from another institution, you are exempt from all but the FY-Writing and GLBL-LANG requirements.
- If you articulate in fewer than 24 credits, you are required to complete all First-Year Foundations requirements.
- FY-Writing and GLBL-LANG can be completed by transfer course credit.
You may not use by-examination credit for First-Year Foundation requirements with one exception. GLBL-LANG is the only First-Year Foundations requirement that may be fulfilled using by-examination credit.
All students must take or transfer in credit for ENGL 105. You can view information about what credit may transfer and re-evaluation options on the Admissions website
No. A single course may be used to fulfill only one Focus Capacity requirement. In other words, you must complete nine, 9, courses for the nine, 9, Focus Capacity requirements.
Yes, in some rare cases, a 3-credit course with embedded lab may be used to fulfill this requirement. Approved courses will have the FC-LAB attribute.
Reflection & Integration
No. The same course may not be used to fulfill both Gen Ed requirements. You may take a second RESEARCH course to fulfill the High Impact requirement.
Volunteer work that did not receive academic college credit may not be used to fulfill the High Impact requirement.
An internship experience that did not receive academic college credit may not be used to fulfill the High Impact requirement.
Yes, if you complete the two-course Senior Honors Thesis sequence, you will fulfill both the High Impact and RESEARCH Gen Ed requirements.
No. But you are encouraged to take a course in your major/minor if available.