General University Requirements

Courses at Rutgers University – Newark that satisfy the lower division GUR in the social sciences.

At NJIT there is a series of courses that all undergraduate students must take as part of their degree requirements, regardless of major. These courses are known as the General University Requirements or GUR. Information about the GUR can be found in the University Undergraduate Catalog.  The Humanities GUR includes:

English/Cultural History (9 credits)
This can be fulfilled by completion of HUM 101 or its equivalent, HUM 102 and one of the 200-level cultural history courses described below.

Cultural History
The Cultural History  courses are The Pre-Modern World (HUM 211), The Making of the Modern World (HUM 212), and The Twentieth-Century World (HIST 213). Students also may take approved introductory courses at Rutgers-Newark to fulfill the Cultural History requirement.

Social Sciences (lower-level)

At least six (6) credits in basic (100- and 200-level) social sciences (STS 100, ECON 201, ECON 265, ECON 266, EPS 202, STS 257 or STS 258 or any of the following Rutgers-Newark courses R070:203, R070:204, R202:201, R790:201, R790:202, R830:101, R830:102, R920:201, R920:202. Students may take R220:101 or R220:102 instead of ECON 265 or ECON 266).

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS (3 credits)
Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following disciplines: literature; history; philosophy; or science, technology, and society (STS). Students also may satisfy this requirement by taking an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark (.pdf 271KB.)

Open GUR (3 credits)
The requirement can be fulfilled by taking an upper division NJIT course in English, theater, literature, history, philosophy or STS, or an approved upper division course at Rutgers-Newark (.pdf 107KB.)

Senior Seminar (3 credits)

All NJIT students must take one 400-level capstone seminar offered by the Humanities Department or Federated History Department.


       HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better. Completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students are required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin.

        See Individual course descriptions at NJIT's Course Schedules Webpage.