Southern New Hampshire University believes that undergraduate students should receive a broad education in the liberal arts and intense practice in oral and written communication in order to succeed.
Recognizing that successful leaders must be able to view problems from a variety of perspectives, the university mandates that all students complete courses in writing, the fine arts, the social sciences, mathematics, science and public speaking. First-year students must take the First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking to help them make the transition to university life. Students who wish to further augment their learning may choose to take more advanced general education courses as free electives.
English & Math Placement
Incoming first years will complete a placement exercise. Some students may be required to take ENG 101 or MAT 050 in addition to the 45 credits listed below. All students should speak with their advisors about how the courses will fit into their academic program schedules.
BA/BS Core Courses*
They teach basic academic skills and provide the basis for your education at SNHU. You are encouraged to complete these courses early in your academic career. English and Mathematics courses must be completed within the first 63 credits (transfer students consult with your advisor).
ENG 120 College Composition I
ENG 200 Sophomore Seminar
IT 100 Introduction to Information Technology
COM 212 Public Speaking
SNHU 303 SNHU Experience: Life After SNHU*
SNHU 404 SNHU Experience: General Education Capstone*
*Or one free elective for Online and On location students and transfers with 15+ credits.
Choose two of the following:
MAT 101 Culinary Mathematics (Culinary Majors Only)
MAT 106 Math for Elementary Education I (Education Majors Only)
MAT 130 Applied Finite Math
MAT 140 Precalculus
MAT 200 Mathematics for the Humanities
MAT 210 Calculus I
MAT 230 Discrete Mathematics
MAT 240 Applied Statistics
MAT XX Mathematics Elective Based on School
They provide a basis of knowledge about human culture, society, history and the environment. They teach critical thinking skills and a broader perspective about the world.
Choose one 200 level Literature Elective
Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
Choose four (4) other electives:
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)*
*No more than two of these four in the same discipline
Global Marker: Every student must collect two (2) global markers to graduate. A number of courses which meet other requirements are also classified as global and carry the global marker (G). These markers must be taken at SNHU.
Total Credits: 45
*Depending on your specific program, the required courses may vary from those shown.
*Depending on your specific program the required cores may be different.