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The Model

Our General Education program model comprises four components:

I. University Core Curriculum

The University Core Curriculum provides a common experience for undergraduate students establishing basic skills which will provide them a foundation for success in future courses. It consists of four courses (12 credits), focused on developing oral communication, written communication, mathematical literacy, and wellness skills.

A. Oral Communication: COM 010 or above 3
B. Written Communication: ENG 023, 024, or 025 3
C. Mathematics: MAT 017 or above 3
D. Wellness: HEA 110 +activity; or 3-credit Wellness course 3

II. University Distribution Requirements

The University Distribution Requirements expose students to a variety of disciplines. It consists of a range of course choices organized under four categories, as well as an elective. Students are required to take three credits under each category for a minimum of 15 credits.

A. Natural Sciences: Any lab or non-lab course with prefix AST, BIO, CHM, ENV, GEL, MAR, or PHY; or GEG (see note below) 3
B. Social Sciences: Any course with prefix ANT, CRJ, ECO, GEG (see note below), HIS, INT, MCS, PSY, POL, SOC, or SWK 3
C. Humanities: Any course with prefix ENG, HUM, PAG, PHI, WRI, WGS, or Modern Language 3
D. Arts: Any course with prefix ARC, ARH, ART, CDE, CDH, CFT, DAN, FAR, FAS, MUP, MUS, or THE 3

E. Free Elective: Any course carrying university credit 3

NOTE: GEG courses with a lab and 040, 322, and 323 may be used in II.A. and GEG courses 040, 204, 274, 305, 322, 323, 324, 347, 380, and 394 may NOT be used in II.B. 

III. College Distribution Requirements

The College Distribution Requirements provide students with a breadth of knowledge appropriate to their degree programs. Because our four colleges have different professional standards and accreditation requirements, each college has developed College Distribution Requirements that meet the unique needs of their students.

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IV. Competencies Across the Curriculum

Competencies Across the Curriculum are thematic courses that provide students with a common intellectual experience through which they further develop the interdisciplinary skills acquired through the University Core Curriculum and University Distribution Requirements, thus forming the basis for intellectual and civic capacities. Each semester, certain sections of certain courses are designated as meeting one or two of the seven competencies. Note that such courses may also fulfill requirements elsewhere in a student's program of study, either in General Education (except for the University Core Curriculum), the student's major, or a minor. To go directly to the cover sheet and approval forms for adding a competency or competencies to an existing course, CLICK HERE

A. Writing Intensive (WI) 9
B. Quantitative Literacy (QL) OR Computer-Intensive (CP) 3
C. Visual Literacy (VL) OR Communication-Intensive (CM) 3
D. Cultural Diversity (CD) 3
E. Critical Thinking (CT) 3