General Education Requirements

The General Education (GE) curriculum at Thurgood Marshall College is designed to provide students with:

  • The academic skills and basic knowledge to pursue any major.
  • Flexibility to enhance the curriculum with unique educational experiences.
  • The opportunity to enhance your critical writing skills through our unique freshman writing sequence focusing on contemporary American society and culture.
  • A broad liberal arts and science background relevant to today’s society.

Each of the General Education requirements is outlined below, along with a list of approved courses to satisfy that requirement. 

General Education Requirements for Freshmen Students

Dimensions of Culture (DOC)

Students are required to complete a three-quarter core sequence entitled Dimensions of Culture: Diversity, Justice, and Imagination. This three-course core sequence must be taken for a letter grade.

The DOC 2: Justice and DOC 3: Imagination courses offer intensive instruction in university-level expository writing. Students entering as freshmen are expected to fulfill this writing requirement by the end of the first year of residency and MUST complete the DOC sequence at UCSD-no exceptions.

All students must satisfy the UC ENTRY LEVEL WRITING requirement before enrolling in DOC 2 and DOC 3.

Learn more about the Dimensions of Culture program

DOC 1 - Diversity (4.0)
Fall

DOC 2 - Justice (6.0)
Winter

DOC 3 - Imagination (6.0)
Spring

Mathematics, Statistics and Logic

Students are required to complete two (2) courses for Mathematics, Statistics and Logic. Students have three options to complete this requirement from the approved list of courses:

Option A: Complete two courses in the Mathematics/Advanced Statistics category.
Option B: Complete one course in the Mathematics/Advanced Statistics category and one course in either the Introductory Statistics category or the Computer Programming & Logic category.

Option C: Complete one course in the Introductory Statistics category and one course in the Computer Programming & Logic category.

*Students are encouraged to select Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic courses that can overlap with mathematics, statistics, and logic courses in their major.


Mathematics, Advanced Statistics

  • Biology (BIEB) 100
  • MATH 3C
  • MATH 4C
  • MATH 10A, 10B, or 10C
  • MATH 20A, 20B, or 20C
  • MATH 180A or 181A

Introductory Statistics

  • Cognitive Science (COGS) 14A
  • Political Science (POLI) 30
  • Psychology (PSYC) 60
  • Sociology (SOCI) 60

Computer Programming & Logic

  • CSE 5A, 8A or 11
  • ECE 85
  • Linguistics (LIGN) 17
  • MAE 5, 9 or 10
  • Philosophy (PHIL) 10 or 12

Natural Science

Students are required to complete a total of three (3) Natural Science courses: one in Biology, one in Chemistry, and one in Physics.

*Students are encouraged to select Natural Science courses that can overlap with sciences courses in their major.


Biology

  • ANTH 2
  • COGS 17
  • BILD 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 12, 20, 22, 26, 36, 38

Chemistry

  • CHEM 4, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6AH, 6BH, 6CH, 11, 12, 15

Physics

  • PHYS 1A/1AL, 1B/1BL, 1C/1CL, 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • SIO 1, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50

Fine Arts

Students are required to complete one Fine Arts course among the list of approved courses in Music, Theatre & Dance, or Visual Arts.


Fine Arts

  • Music (MUS) 4 - 17, 20, *80
  • Theatre/General (TDGE) 1, 10-12
  • Theatre/History (TDHT) 21, 22, 23
  • Visual Arts (VIS) 1-3, 20-22, 40 or 84

*MUS 80 must be taken for 4 units to count toward the Fine Arts GE.

Humanities/Culture

Students are required to complete two Humanities/Culture courses from the approved list of courses in domestic and global cultures.

Humanities/Culture

  • Ethnic Studies (ETHN) 1, 2, or 3
  • History (HILD) 7A, 7B, 7C, 10, 11, 12 or 14
  • Latin American Studies (LATI) 50
  • Literatures in English (LTEN) 27, 28 or 29
  • Literatures in Cultural Studies (LTCS) 52
  • Third World Studies (TWS) 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, or 26

Disciplinary Breadth

Students are required to complete four 4-unit Disciplinary Breadth courses outside the major field of study.

  • Two courses must be upper division, one of which must include significant writing.
  • Students with a major in the INTERDEPARTMENTAL/INTERDISCIPLINARY column may take courses the department/program or major would NOT accept as long as the courses are outside the primary focus of the major but should first verify the application of coursework with an Academic Counselor.
  • Courses used for Disciplinary Breadth cannot overlap with courses for major.
  • Please contact Academic Advising prior to enrollment in courses from academic departments/programs not listed.
  • Transfer students with IGETC or UC Reciprocity only need to complete two upper division courses, one of which must include significant writing.
  • Transfer students without an articulation agreement, please see an Academic Counselor.

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Design (DSGN)
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Studies / Social Science
  • Human Development
  • Law and Society
  • Linguistics
  • Management (MGT)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies & Planning

Natural Science, Math & Engineering

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • CSE
  • Earth Science at SIO
  • ECE
  • Environmental Systems
  • MAE
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Humanities/Fine Arts

  • Classical Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • International Studies / History, Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Study of Religion
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Visual Arts

Foreign Languages

  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese St./Language
  • Japanese St./Language
  • Judaic Studies (Hebrew)
  • Linguistics/Foreign Lang.
  • Literature/Foreign Lang. (lower division)

Interdepartmental / Interdisciplinary

  • Chinese Studies
  • Critical Gender Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Global Health
  • Japanese Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Math/Economics
  • Public Health
  • Third World Studies

Public Service Options for Academic Credit

Marshall College invests heavily in the role we play off campus. Involvement in public service enables students to make a significant difference in our community. There are very exciting connections between formal education and life beyond the classroom. Students who participate in one of these opportunities may satisfy one upper division disciplinary breadth requirement regardless of major:

Academic Internship Program

Partnership Schools Program

Partners at Learning Program

Global TIES 

General Education Requirements for Transfer Students

IGETC or Partial IGETC Certification

IGETC Certification

NOTE: ANY TRANSFER AGREEMENTS – INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IGETC PROGRAM AND PARTIAL IGETC PROGRAM – APPLY EXCLUSIVELY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS TRANSFERS. THEY MAY NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS FRESHMEN.

Agreement Details:

  • Completion of all IGETC curriculum requirements from a California Community College.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Must send certification from the community college to UCSD Admissions Office to be verified and posted to your Academic History.

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements:

  • Complete two Upper Division Disciplinary Breadth courses, one of which must include significant writing.

Partial IGETC Certification

Agreement Details

  • Missing no more than two (2) IGETC curriculum requirements from a California Community College.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Must send certification from the community college to UCSD Admissions Office to be verified and posted to your Academic History.

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements

  • Complete two Upper Division Disciplinary Breadth courses, one of which must include significant writing.
  • Complete the remaining one to two missing IGETC requirements for a letter grade with a D grade or better or for a Pass/No-Pass grade with a Pass grade.
  • Students with a missing Area 6: Language Other Than English requirement must meet with an academic counselor to discuss options to complete the requirement.
  • Students must meet with a Marshall College Academic Advisor to determine remaining GE courses.

UC Reciprocity

UC Reciprocity

Agreement Details:

  • Completion of all lower-division general education/breadth requirements at another UC.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from UC must send letter on official university/college letterhead to TMC Academic Advising to be verified and posted to your records.

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements:

  • Complete two Upper Division Disciplinary Breadth courses, one of which must include significant writing.

Partial UC Reciprocity

Agreement Details:

  • Missing no more than two (2) lower-division general education/breadth requirements from another UC.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from UC must send letter on official university/college letterhead to TMC Academic Advising indicating what one to two lower-division general education/breadth requirements are missing. Official Letter is needed in order to verify partial agreement and to update records.
  • Not all institutions will provide this for students. If institution will not provide such documentation, student will be considered an Articulation Student.

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements:

  • Complete two Upper Division Disciplinary Breadth courses, one of which must include significant writing.
  • Complete the remaining one to two UC Reciprocity requirements (can be P/NP or letter grade of D or better). 
  • Students must meet with a Marshall College Academic Advisor to determine remaining GE courses.

GE Certification

GE Certification

Agreement Details:

  • A transfer student who attended either a four-year campus or an out-of-state two-year campus and has satisfied lower-division breadth or general education (GE) requriements at that campus prior to transfer must obtain a Letter of Completion of GE Requirements from the campus at which these requirements were satisfied.
  • The Letter of Completion of GE Requirements can be obtained from an academic counselor of the originating institution in the form of an official letter on institution letterhead addressed to the Marshall College Academic Advising office certifying completion of general education or breadth requirements.
  • The letter should have an explanation of the GE requirements and/or a link to the GE curriculum at that institution and must also include the student's full name, student ID from the originating college, and student's UCSD PID. 

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements:

  • Complete two Upper Division Disciplinary Breadth courses, one of which must include significant writing.

Articulation Transfer Student (No Transfer Agreement)

Details:

  • No transfer agreement.
  • Academic coursework completed at prior institutions will be evaluated to determine remaining GE requirements.

Thurgood Marshall College Requirements:

Students will need to complete missing GE requirements that may include:
  • Dimensions of Culture (DOC)
  • Mathematics, Stattistics, and Logic
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities/Culture
  • Fine Arts
  • Disciplinary Breadth (up to four courses)

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