General Humanities and Social Sciences (Undeclared)

About the Program

The GHSS (General Humanities and Social Sciences) Undeclared program allows students to explore academic options within the College of Arts and Sciences before declaring a major and while staying on track during their first year.

GHSS is not a major; however, all the courses in year 1 are required in some form in the various majors in the Humanities/Social Science side of the College of Arts and Sciences.This selection of courses will “follow” the student to an eventual chosen major in the college. With the help of an advisor, students can select courses based on their interests and goals. No later than the end of spring term in the first academic year, students are required to select an appropriate major which will lead to a bachelor’s degree.

Students will complete co-ops in accordance with the requirements for the major that they choose.

For more information, please visit the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences web page.

Admission Requirements

There are no specific requirements for admission into the General Humanities and Social Sciences (GHSS) option beyond those that are required for any  student applying to majors in Humanities or Social Sciences at Drexel University.

Program Requirements

Students are required to chose a major by the end of the first year. All students will work closely with their advisor to identify where their interests lie so that they can declare their major as soon as possible. Courses taken during the first year will all count towards the degree requirements for majors in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
College Requirements
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
GST 101Becoming Global: Language and Cultural Context4.0
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
MATH or Language Requirement *8.0
Major Requirements **66.0
Total Credits181.0

Two MATH or language courses according to placement


Declared majors include ENGL, PHIL, HIST, PSCI, SOC, COM, GST, PPE, CJS, PSY

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
COM 1113.0CIVC 1011.0CJS 1013.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0COM 1503.0 
MATH or Language*4.0MATH or Language*4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SOC 1013.0PHIL 1053.0GST 1014.0 
UNIV H1011.0PSY 1013.0PSCI 1004.0 
 14 14 17 0
Second Year
Declared Major Credits**12.0Declared Major Credits**12.0Declared Major Credits**9.0VACATION
UG Elective Credits4.0UG Elective Credits3.0UG Elective Credits6.0 
 16 15 15 0
Third Year
Declared Major Credits**6.0Declared Major Credits**9.0Declared Major Credits**6.0VACATION
UG Elective Credits9.0UG Elective Credits6.0UG Elective Credits9.0 
 15 15 15 0
Fourth Year
Declared Major Credits**6.0Declared Major Credits**3.0Declared Major Credits**3.0 
UG Elective Credits9.0UG Elective Credits12.0UG Elective Credits12.0 
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 181

MATH or language courses according to placement


Declared majors include ENGL, PHIL, HIST, PSCI, SOC, COM, GST, PPE, CJS, PSY

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