General Education FAQs

Q: Do I have to take the classes in any special order?
A:
A student should take University Strategies his/her first semester and capstone after 45 hours. The computer proficiency credit should be completed within the first 30 hours.

Q: What if I want to take more than the required hours in a category?
A:
These extra hours can be counted as “free electives” in some majors.

Q: Who can tell me what my GE requirements are?
A:
DARS (Degree Audit System), Advisor, website, University Advising Center.

Q: I transferred to NSU. What are my GE requirements?
A:
Without an associate’s degree, a transfer student is required to complete NSU’s GE requirements. With an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a state institution in Oklahoma or approved out-of-state institution, a transfer student does not need to take any of NSU’s GE requirements except for those that are specifically required for the major.

Q: I plan to transfer to another university. How does that affect my GE requirements?
A:
A student should check with the institution into which s/he plans to transfer in order to get a list of the school’s particular requirements.

Q: What if there is a class in my major that is also an option in the GE requirements? Can it count in both?
A:
Yes. However, the hours earned will only count once. In other words, the student will get only 3 hours of credit for a 3-hour course and not 6 hours. The hours will not be counted twice.

Q: How do I know which math class I should take for my major?
A:
Applied math or college algebra will work for most majors, with the exception of the few majors that require calculus. A student is encouraged to visit with his/her advisor if not certain about what math class to take.

Q: How do I find out if I am computer-proficient because of a class I took in high school?
A:
A student’s high school transcript can be evaluated by Admissions & Recruitment to determine if the student is considered computer-proficient. If s/he is not, s/he will have to take a college computer course or the proficiency test.

Q: How/where do I sign up to take the computer proficiency test?
A:
Sign up for the computer proficiency test with the testing specialist in the University Advising Center in the CASE Building.

Q: Can I still graduate in four years by taking the new GE requirements?
A:
Yes, the new requirements still allow a student to graduate with 124 hours.

Q: What if I took a second language at another university or college that is not on the GE list?
A:
Those determinations are made by the chair of the Department of Languages & Literature.

Q: Who has to take the Capstone course?
A:
Every student under the new general education plan needs to take the General Education capstone.

Q: What is the Capstone?
A:
The capstone course is a 1–hour credit that allows a student to synthesize what s/he has learned from his/her general education experience.

Q: When do I take the Capstone?
A:
The capstone course should be taken after a student has completed 45 credit hours but before s/he has completed 70 hours of credit.

Still have questions? Contact Jeff Walker