Office of General Education

The Office of General Education (OGE or GenEd) provides campus-wide leadership in undergraduate education and administers the general education policy that has been enacted by the Council of General Education.

The essence of Southern Methodist University’s educational philosophy is that intellectual and professional excellence rises from the solid foundation of a liberal arts education. Most importantly, general education should provide an intellectual foundation consisting of the broad outlines of human knowledge, providing a context for discipline-specific study, and a framework for a future of lifelong learning. In light of these considerations, an ideal general education course is one which builds a broad, context-rich framework in its content area. To the extent possible, it should transcend departmental boundaries, connecting to ideas in related fields, and relevant social and ethical questions.

University Curricula

Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum

SMU established the Common Curriculum (CC) in the fall of 2020. This curriculum and its requirements applies to students who entered (matriculated into) the University beginning Fall 2020 and later. 
University Curriculum

University Curriculum

The University Curriculum (UC) requirements are for students who entered (matriculated into) SMU between Fall 2016 and Spring 2020.
General Education Curriculum

General Education Curriculum

The General Education Curriculum (GEC) applies to students who entered (matriculation into) SMU prior to Fall 2012. 

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Physical Address:

Laura Lee Blanton Building, Suite 102
6185 Airline Road
Dallas, TX 75205


Mailing Address:

Office of General Education 

Southern Methodist University

P.O. Box 750181

Dallas, Texas 75275-0181