Liberal Arts Requirements & Electives

The School of Management aims for each student to acquire both a solid liberal arts foundation and training in the field of management. This aim is consistent with the expressed needs of potential employers of management students. A well-balanced education is especially important to students who recognize that today’s cutting-edge ideas in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are the basis for tomorrow’s cutting-edge ideas in management. It is also important as a foundation for graduate training in management, law, and other professional fields.

Please note: Course material covered in a previous course cannot be duplicated in any other course for academic credit. Liberal arts electives taken in Metropolitan College must be preapproved by the School of Management’s Undergraduate Program Office.

Liberal Arts Foundation

The liberal arts foundation for School of Management students consists of 11 courses. The following four courses are required:

  • CAS EC 101
  • CAS EC 102
  • CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123
  • CAS WR 100

(Please note that students entering SMG prior to September 2013 are also required to complete CAS WR 150.)

Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements

Each student must complete three liberal arts distribution requirements, one from each of the following three categories:

Humanities

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • African American Studies (CAS AA 304, 316, 501, 502, 504, 507, 510, 537, 538, and 571 only)
  • American Studies (CAS AM 200, 250, 301, 367, and 502 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 100, 208, 222, 230, 232, 310, 330, 331, 335, 480, 510, 530, and 532 only)
  • History of Art & Architecture (except AH 150)
  • Classical Studies (ancient Greek courses beyond CAS CL 262, modern Greek courses beyond CAS CG 212, Latin courses beyond CAS CL 212, all classical civilization courses)
  • English (literature courses only; CAS EN 120 and 220 will not fulfill this requirement)
  • Humanities (CAS CC 101, 102, 201, 202, and HU 221)
  • Modern Languages & Comparative Literature (literature and civilization courses only)
  • Music (CAS MU 117, 118, 229, 230, and 242 only)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Romance Studies (literature and civilization courses only)
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CAS WS 114, 305, 340, 344, and 346 only)

Social Sciences

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • African American Studies (CAS AA 207, 310, 326, 355, 363, 371, 385, 395, 396, 408, 489, 490, 505, 514, 559, 563, 564, 569, 580, 583, 586, 588, and 590 only)
  • American Studies (CAS AM 546 and 553 only)
  • Anthropology (CAS AN 101, 220, 240, 250, 252, 260, 280, 285, 290, 307, 308, 310, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 326, 340, 341, 344, 345, 347, 350, 351, 355, 360, 362, 368, 371, 372, 375, 379, 382, 384, 461, 462, 505, 515, 520, 521, 524, 525, 532, 538, 541, 543, 548, 549, 568, 570, 585, 590, 593, 594, and 596 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 101, 200, 201, 205, 210, 215, 221, 240, 251, 252, 261, 262, 270, 273, 280, 341, 342, 343, 345, 347, 351, 352, 370, 371, 375, 404, 450, 507, 510, 511, 513, 551, 556, 560, and 570 only)
  • Economics (except CAS EC 101, 102, 111, 112, 305, and 497)
  • Earth & Environment (CAS GE 100, 102, 103, 150, 201, 202, 226, 250, 300, 304, 309, 330, 331, 356, 381, 382, 394, 420, 425, 460, 519, 520, 521, 536, 541, 542, 550, 555, 560, 594, 597, and 599 only)
  • History (except CAS HI 100 and 150)
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (except CAS PS 211)
  • Social Sciences (CAS CC 203 and 204)
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CAS WS 113, 213, 241, 310, 342, 348, 350, and 360 only)

Natural Sciences/Mathematics & Computer Science

Any 4-credit course from the following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, with restrictions or exceptions as noted:

  • Anthropology (CAS AN 102, 210, 331, 333, 334, 335, 336, 338, 534, 550, 551, 552, 554, 556, 595, 597, and 598 only)
  • Archaeology (CAS AR 102, 202, 206, 307, 380, 381, 400, 503, 505, 506, 509, 512, and 515 only)
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive & Neural Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Environment (CAS GE 101, 104, 110, 275, 302, 307, 310, 365, 440, 445, 448, 450, 456, 483, 502, 503, 504, 505, 507, 510, 512, 514, 516, 517, 525, 530, and 533 only)
  • Mathematics (except MA 107, 108, 113, 115, 116, 118, 121, 123, 142, 213, and 214)
  • Natural Sciences (CAS CC 105 and 106)
  • Physics

Liberal Arts Electives

In addition to the distribution of the three liberal arts distribution requirements, each student must choose any four liberal arts electives as listed under College of Arts & Sciences section of the Bulletin.

Students should note the following exceptions:

  • Students should not duplicate any credit they’ve received elsewhere, such as transfer credit, AP credit, or equivalent credit from another school.
  • Students should pay close attention to the restrictions described for chemistry, English, economics, and mathematics courses under the College of Arts & Sciences section of the Bulletin.
  • Students should not take CAS statistics courses (MA 113, MA 115, MA 116, MA 214, EC 203, EC 204, EC 305, PS 211) because the material in these courses is covered in SMG SM 221 and SM 222.
  • Students should not take courses at a lower level than that for which they’ve already received credit (e.g., taking LF 112 [French 2] after completing LF 211 [French 3]).

Non-Management Elective

The Non-Management Elective is any course (at least 4 credit) taken at any school or college within the University except the School of Management. Physical education (PDP), ROTC, musical group/class, and all-University musical organizations credits cannot be counted toward this requirement.

Students entering SMG in Fall 2013 and beyond

Students under this curriculum complete one Non-Management Elective.

Students under prior curricula

Usually, students who entered SMG as freshmen completed two non-management electives, and transfer students (both intra-University and external transfer students) completed three non-management electives (this is because they took SM 299, which was a one-semester intensive version of the two-semester course freshmen took). Of note, students who entered the School of Management prior to September 2011 and who transferred in courses from a university that grants other than 4 semester credits per course may need to take additional non-management electives to compensate for credit conversion. Such students should consult with an Undergraduate Program Office academic advisor.

Free Electives

Students entering the School of Management in September 2013 and beyond must complete 129 credits plus additional one-credit seminars in career development taken each year they are enrolled in the School.

Effective for students who entered the School of Management between September 2011 and January 2013, the free elective is no longer applicable. Rather than having to complete 33 courses (one being a free elective), students instead must complete 136.5 credits (if they began in the School of Management as freshmen and completed SMG SM 121 and 122) or 134.5 credits (if they came to the School of Management after their freshman year and completed SMG SM 299). All other degree requirements and elective categories described above apply to students entering in September 2011 and beyond.

Students who entered the School of Management prior to September 2011 must take one free elective to complete the requirements of the degree. The free elective is a 4-credit academic course taken for a proper letter grade (that is, not Pass/Fail or audit) in any of the schools and colleges within the University, including SMG. Students should be aware that the same restrictions concerning course repetition and sequencing—along with the exclusion of PDP, ROTC, and certain CFA courses—that apply to liberal arts and non-management electives (described above) also apply to the free elective.

Management Electives

Four SMG electives must be completed in residence or through a Management Internship Program while studying abroad. SMG electives are any courses offered by the School of Management that are not one of the required courses. These electives make up a concentration as detailed in the previous section. Only courses with the SMG prefix will be accepted toward fulfillment of this requirement.