Welcome to Charger Foundations, a set of courses dedicated to helping you engage with new ideas, complex situations, and diverse perspectives. Encompassing almost one-third of your undergraduate curriculum, the courses of Charger Foundations will enhance your skills, expand your horizons, and encourage you to build on the core values of the Charger Nation: integrity, respect, diligence, excellence, inclusiveness, and diversity.

The development of competencies associated with these values begins with Charger Foundations coursework. Below, you will see a matrix providing an overview of the competencies central to your Foundations work and aligned with the Alabama General Studies Commission (AGSC) Area Requirements. ​

Core Competencies


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is committed to four core competencies that serve as the foundation for undergraduate general education. These four core competencies follow.

  1. Effective communication (Area I)
  2. Engagement with questions of values, ethics, and aesthetics as represented in literature, the humanities, and the arts (Area II)
  3. Understanding of the scientific method and application of quantitative or inductive reasoning (Area III)
  4. Understanding of human behavior and economic, social, and political structures as represented in the disciplines of history and the social and behavioral sciences (Area IV)

These core competencies are consistent with those of the State of Alabama mandated articulation agreement under ACT 94-303, which ensures the transferability of credits from the State's two-year institutions to its four-year institutions.

Requirements by College


Colleges of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Nursing, and Science (41 hours) 
AGSC Area Categories Required Hours
IFreshman Composition3-6 hours
II1Fine Arts3 hours
Humanities (literature)3 hours
Humanities (non-literature)3 hours
Humanities/Fine Arts3 hours
IIIMathematics3-4 hours
Natural Sciences (lab)8 hours
IV1History3 hours
Social & Behavioral Sciences (non-history)6 hours
History/SBS3 hours
1

Take either 1 EH (Literature) + 2 HY (History) or 2 EH (Literature) + 1 HY (History). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

College of Engineering (35 hours)
AGSC Area Categories Required Hours
IFreshman Composition3-6 hours
II1Fine Arts3 hours
Humanities (literature)3 hours
Humanities3 hours
IIIMathematics3-4 hours
Natural Sciences (lab)8 hours
IV1History3 hours
History/SBS6 hours
1

Take either 1 EH (Literature) + 2 HY (History) or 2 EH (Literature) + 1 HY (History). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

Pathways through Charger Foundations will vary by college and major. Confer with your academic advisor to select appropriate Foundations courses each semester.

Area I: Freshman Composition
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION W/STUDIO
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*
Fine Arts
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:CHINESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:LATIN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:CHINESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:LATIN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:LATIN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:LATIN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences
Mathematics
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
CALCULUS WITH APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*
History
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.