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UM GERs

To earn your Associate of Arts (AA) degree, you must complete 60 course credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. This includes completing lower-division General Education Requirements (GERs). If you are a transfer student, 30 of your 60 credits must be earned through the University of Montana (either Missoula College or the main UM—Missoula campus).

Students must earn a C- or better in all general education courses. Classes taken as credit/no credit will count towards the earned UM credits required for the degree, but will not apply toward GERs. Special topics courses cannot be used as a GER until they are approved as a GER.

Learn more about each category, as well as double-dipper courses, below.




Writing Skills

There are two lower-division components to the Writing Skills category:

  1. WRIT 101: All students must complete WRIT 101 College Composition I or transfer in an equivalent. Those students who do not transfer in an equivalent must have the appropriate test scores to enroll in WRIT 101. Please refer to the Placement Tests webpage for further information.
                 
  2. One approved writing course (lower division): Unless the student transfers in more than 27 credits at initial UM registration, s/he must complete an approved writing course after taking WRIT 101. There are quite a few approved writing courses offered across a number of different subjects; your advisor will work with you to identify the approved writing course most appropriate for you.



Mathematics

To satisfy the Mathematics GER category, students must complete one of the following: M 104, 105, 115, 121, 122, 135, 151, or a mathematics course of 3 or more credits for which one of these is a prerequisite.

Students who transfer in a direct equivalent or other college-level math course determined to be at the same competency level are generally considered as having satisfied this GER category. A minimum score of 50 on the CLEP College Algebra Test, the CLEP College Precalculus Test, or the CLEP College Mathematics Test counts as having satisfied the mathematics requirement.

Students who do not transfer in a mathematics course or other equivalents are required to take the ALEKS math placement test before enrolling in a math course. Please refer to the Placement Test webpage for further information.



Symbolic Systems/Foreign Language

Missoula College students have two options for satisfying this GER category; they may opt to complete a symbolic system or a first-year sequence of a foreign language.

  • Symbolic System: A symbolic system, in most cases, is a specific sequencing of math courses. The two main symbolic system options students complete are M 115 followed by STAT 216 or completing one of the calculus courses (M 162 or M 171). Visit with your advisor to learn more about all of the symbolic system options and to determine the most appropriate one for you.
     
  • Foreign Language:  A first-year sequence of a foreign language entails completing through the 102 level (e.g. SPNS 101 and 102). (The only exception to the 101-102 sequence is Irish; students are required to complete through 103 for that language.) Refer to the UM Catalog for a full list of foreign languages available at UM. Note that LANG 101 courses are offered fall semesters only, and LANG 102 courses are offered spring semesters only.

    Students may test out of a foreign language by demonstrating proficiency through a placement test facilitated by the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department. 



Perspectives

The last main category for the GERs is the Perspective category. Three credits are required for each perspective group EXCEPT six required for Natural Sciences. At least one of the courses taken for the Natural Sciences group must have a laboratory component. Double-dipper courses (see below) are permitted for all perspectives, as well as all other categories that are applicable.

Each perspective group is assigned a corresponding letter. This letter, with few exceptions, is added to the end of the course number to help identify that it counts for a specific category.

  • Expressive Arts (A), 3 credits
  • Literary and Artistic Studies (L), 3 credits
  • Historical & Cultural Studies (H), 3 credits
  • Social Sciences (S), 3 credits
  • Ethical & Human Values (E), 3 credits
  • American & European Perspectives (Y), 3 credits
  • Indigenous & Global Perspectives (X), 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (N), 6 credits



Double-Dipper Courses

A number of courses at UM are double-dippers, which means that they count for more than one GER category. Below is a list of recommended lower-division courses at UM that are double-dippers. (Please refer to the UM Catalog for a full list that includes upper-division courses) Those available through Missoula College are highlighted yellow. Note that some of these courses may have pre-requisite requirements.

Course GER Categories
ANTY 101H Anthropology and the Human Experience  Historical and Cultural Studies (H) 
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 122S Race and Minorities  Social Sciences (S) 
American and European Perspectives (Y)
ANTY 133H Food and Culture Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 141H The Silk Road Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 220S Culture and Society  Ethics and Human Values (E) 
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 241H Central Asian Cultures and Civ.: Peoples and Environ. Historical and Cultural Studies (H) 
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 251H (ANTH 251H) Foundation of Civilization Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ANTY 254H (ANTH 252H) Archaeological Wonders of the World Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ARTH 200H Art of World Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Art Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
ARTH 201H  Art of World Civilizations II: Renaissance to Modern  Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
ARTH 250L Introduction to Art Criticism Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
CLAS 251L The Epic Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
CLAS 252L Greek Drama: Politics on Stage Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
CSCI 215E Ethics and Information Technology Approved Writing Course
Ethics and Human Values (E) 
CSCI 216E Robots, Genetic Engineering, and Ethics Approved Writing Course
Ethics and Human Values (E) 
ENST 230H Nature and Society Approved Writing Course
Historical and Cultural Studies (H) 
HSTA 101H American History I Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
HSTA 102H American History II Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
HSTR 101H Western Civilization I Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
HSTR 102H Western Civilization II Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
HSTR 230H Colonial Latin America Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
HSTR 231H Modern Latin America Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
HSTR 241H Central Asian Cult & Civ Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
JPNS 150H Japanese Culture and Civilization Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
LIT 110L Introduction to Literature Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 120L Poetry Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 210L American Literature I Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 211L American Literature II Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 220L British Literature: Medi. through Early Modern Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 221L British Literature: Enlightenment to Romantics Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
LIT 222L British Literature: Victorian to Contemporary Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
LSH 151L/152L Introduction to the Humanities Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
M 162 Applied Calculus Mathematics
Symbolic Systems
M 171 Calculus I Mathematics
Symbolic Systems
MUSI 207H World Music Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
NASX 105H Introduction to Native American Studies Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
NASX 235X Oral and Written Traditions of Native America Approved Writing Course
Literary and Artistic Studies (L)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
PSCI 210S Introduction to American Government Social Sciences (S)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
RUSS/LS/MCLG 105H Introduction to Russian Culture Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
American and European Perspectives (Y)
SOCI 212H Social Issues in Southeast Asia Social Sciences (S)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
SSEA 102H Introduction to South and Southeast Asia Historical and Cultural Studies (H)
Indigenous and Global Perspectives (X)
STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics Mathematics
Symbolic Systems
WRIT 240E Rhetoric and Ethics: Writing Argum. about Contemp. Issues Approved Writing Course
Ethics and Human Values (E)

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