Module 1:  Academic Basics

General Education at Appalachian

What is General Education (Gen Ed)? 
Gen Ed classes are similar to the "Core" classes you may have taken in high school. For most students, about one-third of the classes taken towards their degrees at Appalachian will be from the Gen Ed program.

To find the Gen Ed Program of Study:

  • Go to

  • Then click on the Undergraduate Bulletin that corresponds with your catalog year. In most cases, your catalog year is the academic year in which you started at Appalachian.

  • Click on Programs of Study and select one that interests you.  General Education Requirements are linked at the top of every Program of Study.

You will NOT take all the classes on the Gen Ed program of study!

That would be impossible! Gen Ed is 44 hours and is made up of about 15 classes.  Each area has a bold title and you have choices of classes in each of those areas.