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Students seeking a bachelor’s degree at George Mason University must complete the Mason Core. These courses and related experiences are the foundation of a student’s academic career at the university.

The Mason Core complements work in a student’s chosen area of study. Core classes encourage learning and discovery, introducing students to potential new areas of interest and building tools for success in their lives and careers after college.

Students write observations while examining a wild flower area outside GMU Engineering building

The Mason Core initiative builds a multi-dimensional undergraduate learning experience. Here, students examine the flora in one of the many wildflower habitats on campus. Students benefit from venturing out of the classroom and into the real world.

The Mason Core program helps students become:

Critical and Creative Scholars

Students who have a love of and capacity for learning. Their understanding of fundamental principles in a variety of disciplines, and their mastery of quantitative and communication tools, enable them to think creatively and productively. They are inquisitive, open-minded, capable, informed, and able to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge and perspectives.

Self-Reflective Learners

Students who think well. They can identify and articulate individual beliefs, strengths, and weaknesses; critically reflect on these elements; and integrate this understanding into their lives.

Ethical, Inquiry-Based Citizens

Students who are tolerant and understanding. They can conceptualize and communicate about problems of local, national, and global significance, using research and evaluative perspectives to contribute to the common good.

Thinkers and Problem-Solvers

Students who are able to discover and understand natural, physical, and social phenomena; who can apply them to real-world challenges; and who approach problem-solving in different ways. They demonstrate capability for inquiry, reason, and imagination, and they see connections in historical, literary, and artistic fields.

Mason Core Section Course Categories
Foundation Courses

Written Communication (ENGH 101, 3 credits)

Oral Communication (3 credits)

Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)

Information Technology and Ethics (3-7 credits)

Exploration Courses

Arts (3 credits)

Global Understanding (3 credits)

Literature (3 credits)

Natural Science (7 credits)

Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)

Western Civilization or World History (3 credits)

Integration Courses

Written Communications (ENGH 302, 3 credits)

Writing-Intensive (3 credits)

Capstone or

Synthesis (3 credits)