General Education Program

Reflecting the mission of Georgian Court University, the General Education Program offers a liberal arts foundation that provides the opportunity to explore a spectrum of disciplines. It offers humanistic, societal, and scientific frames of reference as it introduces modes of inquiry and methods of interpretation. Students are required to reflect on artistic, philosophical, and theological questions. Primary attention is given to understanding various ways of knowing and an appreciation of culture and diverse perspectives. This experience helps students integrate and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives, deepen their understanding of themselves and others in light of the Mercy core values, and develop critical thinking skills requisite for success in life.

General Education Program Requirements

The General Education Program requires courses in the following areas:

  • Writing and communication (3–-6 credits)
  • History (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Mathematics or statistics (3–4 credits)
  • Natural science with laboratory (3–4 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Visual and performing arts (3 credits)
  • World language [(3) intermediate level or (6) elementary level in one language]
  • Philosophical ethics or theological ethics (3 credits)
  • Religious studies (3 credits)
  • Shaping Lives: Women and Gender (3 credits)
  • Social science (3 credits)
  • World perspectives (3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

The Graduation Requirements help the student transition to the Georgian Court University educational environment and develop additional skills for lifelong learning. Students select a physical education experience chosen from a wide range of options; learn about the university’s mission and its liberal arts and Catholic and Mercy traditions; and prepare for productive lives as responsible world citizens through learning experiences outside the classroom and in service to others.

  • Physical education (1 credit)
  • Transitioning to Georgian Court University (1 or 3 credits)
  • Two experiential learning experiences: One must be a designated course with a service learning component (other than First-Year Seminar); the second must be an internship/practicum/field placement, a designated study abroad (for credit) or travel abroad (not for credit) experience, or another course with a service learning component.

Transfer Students and General Education

To earn an undergraduate degree from GCU, you must complete at least 30 credits from the university, fulfill all requirements in the catalog, and earn at least 120 credits. You can transfer a maximum of 90 credits from regionally accredited institutions, including no more than 75 credits from a regionally accredited two-year institution. Some courses needed to fulfill the General Education Program requirements may be waived for a transfer student entering with an A.A. or A.S. degree. All transfer students must earn a minimum of 42 general education credits and complete the GCU signature courses as well as any General Education courses required for the major program.

If you have any questions about the General Education Program, contact Dr. Paul Cappucci, Ph.D., director of the General Education Program, at 732-987-2310 or