Change in the Humanities General Education Requirement

The Geneseo College Senate has recommended and President Battles has approved a change in the Humanities general education requirement. The change involves a modification to the Western Humanities sequence, HUMN 220 and HUMN 221, thereby reducing the general education requirement from both of those courses to either one.

The modification will go into effect Fall 2017 and impact any student who joined the Geneseo community in Fall 2014 or later.

Students whose Catalog Year is 2014-15 or later must successfully complete one of two four-credit courses: HUMN 220 or HUMN 221 to fulfill the general education curriculum.  

Students whose Catalog Year is 2013-14 or earlier come under the old policy, and will be required to successfully complete both HUMN 200 and 221.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I find out what my Catalog Year is?

Check your catalog year in Degree Works. Your catalog year — the year you started at Geneseo — can be found here:

Would I be able to register for HUMN 221 without completing HUMN 220?

Yes. As part of the policy change, the prerequisite restriction has been removed.

When will the new policy get coded into the General Education section of my Degree Works audit?

Degree Works is currently frozen for end-of-semester processing, but when it reopens on May 18, you will be able to see the new policy coded into the General Education section of your Degree Works audit if your catalog year is 2014-15 or later.

Is it okay to drop the HUMN course I am registered to take in the upcoming summer?

If your Catalog Year is 2014-15 or later, and you have successfully completed one HUMN course already and have fulfilled all other graduation requirements, you do not need to take a second course. Before deciding to drop a summer HUMN course, please make sure you have the 45 upper division credits and the 120 total credits needed for graduation. Registration for Summer Session courses is open, so you can make changes to your summer schedule as needed.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before deciding to drop a summer STUDY ABROAD HUMN course, you should contact the Study Abroad office in Erwin 217 for guidance on the consquences of your decision.

Is it okay to drop the HUMN course I am registered to take in the upcoming fall semester?

Yes, if your Catalog Year is 2014-15 or later, and you have successfully completed one HUMN course already. However, you are welcome—indeed highly encouraged—to take the second course as an elective. The open registration period for making changes to your fall schedule begins on Monday, May 15, at 8:00am.

Questions? Contact your advisor or the Office of the Dean of Academic Planning and Advising in Erwin 106 or at 585-245-5541.