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general education

the general education program supports the mission of the university and fosters the development of well-rounded college-educated leaders who are lifelong learners prepared to become informed, thoughtful, and meaningful contributors to a multifaceted society.

general education curriculum

the general education curriculum serves as the cornerstone of usciences education by providing a shared learning experience to all students, across all programs and majors. students will interact, challenge ideas, and gain a deeper appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences of the world and themselves. the general education curriculum is designed to encourage individual avenues for student exploration and growth.

blending knowledge and skills

the general education curriculum is intentionally designed as a blend of knowledge and skills requirements through which students gain understanding of the human experience in its manifold aspects.

the knowledge component ensures that all students are exposed to different perspectives and ways of knowing and attain a broad understanding of the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines in the arts and sciences. such a body of knowledge broadens students’ perspectives of the world and themselves.

the skills component of the curriculum strives to prepare students to think critically, ethically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to demonstrate information and technology literacy. mastering these skills gives usciences graduates a voice in society and the tools necessary to actively participate in an increasingly diverse global community.


students must complete a minimum of 41 credits of coursework in general education distributed among the following seven knowledge/discipline areas of the arts and sciences (choose courses from appropriate subject codes):

gen ed discipline credits course prefix
natural science (1 semester of lab required) 7 bs, ch, py, gl
mathematics 6 ma, st
(written and oral)
9 wr 101, wr 102, co 101, co 204
social sciences 6 po, ps, so, an, ss, ec, co (excluding co 101 and co 204)


ac, ar, ca, ci, en, et, fr, ge, hi, hu, la, mu, pl, rs, sp, wc
multidisciplinary inquiry 6 ih, md
physical education 1 pe 


in addition to the knowledge and elective coursework, students must demonstrate that they have been introduced to a total of 6 skill areas. students are expected to fulfill their skills requirements within the context of the forty-one (41) credits taken to meet the discipline course requirements.  

this requirement is designed to ensure students are prepared to think critically, ethically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to demonstrate information and technology literacy.

oral communication and written communication are particularly important parts of the general experience. therefore, students are required to augment the oral communication and written communication knowledge courses by completing different courses with applied oral communication skills and applied written communication skills.

skill overall goal
ethics students will engage in ethical and moral reasoning and act ethically in public, professional and personal responsibilities.
information literacy students will identify the need for information and access it, evaluate it, and use it legally and ethically.
oral communication using standard english, students will communicate in a personally effective and socially appropriate manner.
reasoning and problem solving students will recognize, analyze and propose solutions to problems.
technology students will use appropriate technology and understand its impact.
written communication students will use the english language to write effectively in a variety of contexts.


britta schasberger, edd,
director of general education 


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