ETSU's General Education Program offers a liberal education that includes 41 - 42
semester hours of courses from across the university that address the General Education
goals of critical and creative thinking, effective communication, lifelong learning,
conflict resolution, problem solving, and understanding and appreciating cultural
Associates Degree - Students who have completed an associate degree designed for transfer at a regionally
accredited college or university have satisfied ETSU's general education requirements.
Second Bachelor's Degree - ETSU's general education requirements do not apply to students who have completed
a baccalaureate degree at ETSU or another regionally accredited college or university
and are pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Transfer - Transferring from TBR InstitutionsGeneral education requirements in the TBR system
comprise blocks, such as Communication and Natural Sciences. Students who complete
general education blocks at other TBR institutions before they transfer to ETSU have
also met those blocks at ETSU, even if the courses they took to satisfy the blocks
are not equivalent to courses in ETSU’s general education core. Students who partially
complete a block at another TBR institution have also partially completed it at ETSU.
Transferring from Non-TBR Institutions
Student transferring from non-TBR institutions must meet all general education requirements
at ETSU, regardless of how courses taken at other institutions may have met general
education requirements at the previous non-TBR institutions. Advanced Placement Credit,
Course Substitutions and Waivers of Requirements Granted by Other Institutions
ETSU does not recognize completion of general education blocks when previous institutions,
within or outside the TBR system, (a) award advanced placement credit, (b) permit
general education course substitutions or (c) waive general education requirements.
Any advanced placement credit, substitutions or waivers related to general education
must meet standards approved by ETSU.
Other Guidelines Regarding General Education and Transfer
Some institutions or particular academic departments within institutions require a
minimum grade of “C” in certain general education courses. These minimum grade requirements
will also apply to the transfer of general education courses. Even if transfer credit
hours are granted for a course, any requirement for a minimum grade of “C” by the
receiving institution will be enforced. Certain majors require students to take particular
courses to fulfill general education requirements. Students and their academic advisors
should note any major-specific stipulations regarding fulfillment of general education
General Education History Requirement: Rules for Transfer Students
Transfer students may meet the general education History requirement as follows:
Transfer students from University of Tennessee (UT) System institutions who met the
general education History requirement while attending those schools will also have
met ETSU’s History requirement, as will transfer students who met UT History requirements
while attending TBR community colleges. Transfer students who earned credit for two
of the following courses at any TBR institution will also have met ETSU’s History
requirement: HIST 1110, World History & Civilization to 1500; HIST 1120, World History
& Civilization Since 1500; HIST 2010, U.S. to 1877; HIST 2020, U.S. Since 1877; HIST
2030, Tennessee History.
Transfer students from institutions outside the TBR and UT systems who completed
courses equivalent to those listed above may apply those courses to ETSU’s History
requirement. Students who completed only one of the courses listed above prior to transferring
to ETSU can complete the History requirement by taking HIST 2010, HIST 2020 or HIST
All students must present evidence of completing one year of American History in high
school. Students lacking such documentation must satisfy a high school deficiency
by completing HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Completing one of these courses
to remove the deficiency will also count toward completion of the general education
Transfer students who use HIST 1110 or HIST 1120 to meet the general education History
requirement cannot also use it to meet the general education humanities requirement.