The general education program is predicated on the belief that a particular body of knowledge and a particular set of competencies exist which are common to liberally educated people and which enable them to function as whole persons in a pluralistic society. In essence, the purpose of the general education program is to prepare all students to function as individual contributors to society, as members of the larger society, and as members of their native social and political environment.

Since the underlying assumption of the general education program is that there exists a common body of knowledge which binds together all human experiences, then all courses and activities which comprise the general education curriculum are designed around a common set of goals: to acquire, organize, evaluate knowledge and communicate knowledge.

As a result of the general education core and the companion discipline requirements, every Hampton University student prior to graduation should attain the following Core Competencies:

  1. Critical Thinking is the ability to identify how to act after careful evaluation of the evidence and reasoning in a communication.
  2. Ethics is the ability to identify ethical ideas, issues and apply ethical principles and relating to personal, professional and academic conduct.
  3. International Diversity is the ability to understand the social customs, traditions, and artifacts of a culture.
  4. Information and Technology Literacy is the ability to use electronic media to support research activities and the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information and its sources.
  5. Oral Communication is the ability to deliver a spoken message of depth and complexity in a way that elicits a response from an audience of understanding, appreciation, assent or critical inquiry.
  6. Quantitative Reasoning is the ability to use numeral, geometric, and measurement data and concepts, mathematical skills and principles of mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions and to make well-reasoned decisions in professional, financial, and/or real world situations
  7. Scientific Reasoning is the ability to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena by adherence to a self-correcting system of inquiry, the scientific method, and reliance on empirical evidence.
  8. Written Communication is the ability to develop and express complex ideas clearly, coherently, and logically in a style appropriate for both purpose and audience and demonstrate mastery of accepted standards of written communication.

Hampton University's General Education Core

Cultures and Civilization 12 hrs.
History 106: World Civilizations II 3 hrs.
Surveys the period from the French Revolution (1789) to the present, years when many aspects of the contemporary world were shaped.
History 107: Survey of African American History 3 hrs.
Part of the World Civilization sequence, a survey of the experiences of Blacks in America from
1500 to the present.
Arts and Humanities 6 hrs.
In addition to the required course: Humanities 201 (HUM 201) plus one course selected from the
following courses: Art 200, 305, 306, or 407; English 214, 215, 323, 328, or 329, Foreign
Language (above 202), Humanities 202; Music 200, 201, 202, or 305; Philosophy 203, 204, 210,
301, 304, or 305; Theatre 120, 205, 206.
English 101-102 Written Communication I-II 6 hrs.
Introductory sequence in composition, contributing to the liberal education of students,
regardless of their majors. Approaches writing as a process and provides experience in writing
with various aims and rhetorical strategies.
Foreign Language 0-12 hrs.
Included in discipline core in selected departments
Major Requirement (Hrs.)
Accounting 6
Art (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Banking 6
Biochemistry (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Biology (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Chemistry (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Communicative Sciences and Disorders 6
Criminal Justice and Criminology 6
Economics 6
English 12
Entrepreneurship 6
Finance 6
History 6
International Relations (300 & 400 Level) 18
Management 6
Marine Science (completion of introductory level) 3-6
Marketing 6
Mathematics (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Music (completion of introductory level) 3-6
Political Science (completion of intermediate level) 3-12
Psychology 6
Sociology 12
Theatre Arts 6
Freshman Orientation 1 hr.
University 101: The Individual and Life 1 hr.
A one-semester required orientation course designed to improve the quality of the freshman experience for entering students by helping them understand the purpose and value of higher education at Hampton University, as well as the larger context in which that education takes place and the multicultural nature of the problems and concerns which it addresses; to develop positive attitudes toward the teaching learning process; and to acquire coping skills essential for successful college life.
Concepts of Mathematics
(Mathematics 109-110 or above)
6 hrs
Mathematics 109: College Mathematics I 3 hrs.
Sets and simple logic. Solving linear, rational and quadratic equations, inequalities. Graphing linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations. Exponential and logarithmic functions. Solving systems of equations. Linear programming.
Mathematics 110: College Mathematics II 3 hrs.
Mathematics of finance such as interest, installment buying, mortgage. Measurement, geometry and the metric system. Elementary concepts of probability and statistics.
Science and Technology 6-8 hrs.
Included in discipline core in selected departments or chosen from Life Science and Physical
Science courses listed below. The student must consult the academic advisor to determine if
laboratory courses are required.
One course chosen from
Life Science 3-4 hrs. w/lab
Selected from Biology (101, 103, 105, 106) and Environmental Science 204*
One course chosen from Physical Science 3-5 hrs w/lab.
Selected from Chemistry (150, 201), Marine and Environmental Science (202, 204) Physics (201**, 203**), Science (102, 104), APS (101, 105***, 106).
  • *Note that ESC 211/MES 131 and ESC/MES 212 are 1-credit labs that may accompany ESC 204/MES 130 (3)
  • **Note that PHY 215 is the laboratory that accompanies Physics 201 and 203.
  • *** APS 105 was formerly SEA 205.
Social Science 6 hrs.
Options selected from Economics (201, 202), Geography (201, 202), Military Science (MSC 201), Political Science (201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 304, 305, 308, 310, 311, 317, 320, 341, 409, 499), Psychology (203, 205, 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 308, 311, 312, 402, 404) and Sociology (205, 210, 215, 304, 305, 315, 320, 322, 324, 326, 328, 401, 402, 405, 406, 414, 416, 422, 499).
Oral Communication 3 hrs.
COM 103 Oral Communication 3 hrs.
A one-semester course in Speech Communication involving a participative learning experience.
Emphasis will be placed on intrapersonal, interpersonal and public communication.
Health and Physical Education 4 hrs.
Health Education 200 Health Education 2 hrs.
Designed to help the student to understand himself/herself as a human organism; to become familiar with various influences that affect health; to coordinate experiences for more effective understanding of healthful living in the world today; and to aid himself/herself in solving personal health problems.
Physical Education Activities 2 hrs
Two physical education activities selected from Physical Education service courses numbered from 104 through 231.
Totals 44 - 56 hrs.