GenEd-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

General Education Requirements

Use General Education classes to explore new ideas and expand your vision of what the University has to offer. There is a great deal of choice in the Gen Ed, so you should look for courses that will help you follow interests in diverse academic disciplines.

  • Courses taken in the first two years can be especially helpful in introducing you to prospective majors and new lines of interest that you may wish to pursue as a minor, additional major, or set of electives.
  • Courses taken in the third and fourth years give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge into disciplines beyond your major, to explore ideas and learn skills that will help you become a strong learner and a broad thinker, both as a person and in your chosen field of study.

Plan, therefore, to distribute your General Education requirements so that you take at least half by the end of your sophomore year, while leaving yourself plenty of opportunities to explore General Education choices in your junior and senior years.

For additional questions refer to the General Education Program within the Academic Advisory Center site or the General Education Program's primary website.