Online Options for Mason Core

All undergraduate students must complete Mason Core (general education) courses. Online offerings vary by semester. Contact your advisor each semester to plan your schedule.

Please note: this is not a complete list of Mason Core requirements. See for full details.

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Online Foundation Courses

Written Communication

  • ENGH 302: Advanced Composition

Oral Communication

  • COMM 100: Public Speaking

Information Technology

Some courses fulfill all five IT learning outcomes. Other courses only fulfill partial IT learning outcomes (example: ethics only).

Students must complete either one approved course that meets all requirements or an approved combination of courses to meet all requirements. See details here.

Fulfills complete IT requirement (all learning outcomes):

  • GOVT 300: Research Methods and Analysis
  • IT 104: Introduction to Computing

Fulfills partial IT requirement (all except ethics):

  • PSYC 372: Physiological Psychology

Fulfills partial IT requirement (ethics only):

  • IT 304: IT in the Global Economy
  • PHIL 112: Ethics and Cybersociety

Quantitative Reasoning

  • MATH 106: Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 108: Introductory Calculus with Business Applications
  • STAT 250: Introductory Statistics I

Online Core Courses


  • ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art
  • ARTH 201: History of Western Art II
  • AVT 253: Introduction to Digital Photography
  • FAVS 225: The History of World Cinema
  • GAME 101: Introduction to Game Design
  • MUSI 100: Fundamentals of Music
  • MUSI 101: Introduction to Classical Music
  • MUSI 301: Music in Motion Pictures
  • THR 101: Theatrical Medium

Global Understanding

  • COMM 305: Foundations of Intercultural Communication
  • GCH 205: Global Health
  • GGS 101: Major World Regions
  • HIST 387: Topics in Global History
  • MBUS 305: Introduction to International Business
  • PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • RELI 100: The Human Religious Experience
  • TOUR 210: Global Understanding through Travel and Tourism


  • ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts
  • FRLN 330: Topics in World Literature

Natural Science

Fulfills lab requirement:

  • ASTR 111: Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System and ASTR 112: Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System
  • ASTR 113: Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe and ASTR 114: Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • BIOL 103: Introductory Biology I
  • BIOL 104: Introductory Biology II
  • BIOL 213: Cell Structure and Function
  • GGS 121: Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  • PHYS 243: College Physics I and PHYS 244: College Physics Lab I (Lab is not online)
  • PHYS 245: College Physics II and PHYS 246: College Physics Lab II (Lab is not online)

Fulfills non-lab requirement:

  • EVPP 201: Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century
  • GGS 102: Physical Geography
  • NUTR 295: Introduction to Nutrition

Social and Behavioral Science

  • ANTH 135: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • CONF 101: Conflict in Our World
  • GGS 103: Human Geography
  • HEAL 230: Introduction to Health Behavior
  • PSYC 100: Basic Concepts in Psychology
  • PSYC 211: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 231: Social Psychology
  • TOUR 311: Women and Tourism

Western Civilization/World History

  • HIST 125: Introduction to World History

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