Overlay requirements are GEP requirements that can be satisfied by a range of approved courses, including courses within the major, courses in other areas of the GEP, or electives. Courses must be certified in the relevant area in order to fulfill an overlay requirement. Students must complete an overlay in each the following three categories:

  1. Diversity, Globalization, or Non-Western Area Studies
  2. Ethics-Intensive
  3. Writing-Intensive

If so certified, a course may fulfill one, two or three overlay requirements. More information about the overlays is included below.

Diversity, Globalization or Non-Western Area Studies (one course)

  • May be satisfied by a First Year Seminar, GEP variable course, ILC, major/minor course, or elective that is certified in this area.
  • Please note the following exception: A course taken to fulfill the GEP Variable Religious Difference requirement cannot also be used to fulfill the Diversity/Globalization/Non-Western Area Studies overlay. However, a student may take a second Religious Difference course to fulfill this overlay, provided that the Religious Difference course has been certified in the area.

Ethics-Intensive (one course)

  • May be satisfied by a GEP variable course, ILC, major/minor course, or elective that is certified in this area.
  • PHL 154 (Moral Foundations) is the pre-requisite to ethics-intensive courses.
  • A First Year Seminar may not be certified as ethics intensive.

Writing-Intensive (one course)

  • May be satisfied by a GEP variable course, Faith and Reason course, ILC, major/minor course, or elective that is certified in this area.
  • ENG 101 (Craft of Language) is the pre-requisite to writing-intensive courses.
  • A First Year Seminar may not be certified as writing intensive.
  • For the purpose of fulfilling the GEP requirements, a course is normally understood as a semester unit to which a value of three or more credits is assigned.  However, a two-credit course may be certified as writing intensive if, according to the writing-intensive committee, the course meets the certification standards and the nature and amount of writing instruction, assignments and pedagogy would be sufficient for the writing-intensive aspect of a three-credit, writing-intensive course.