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About General Education

The General Education Program of The University of Akron is the core of courses which provides the skills and knowledge considered essential for all graduates of the University. The General Education Program is designed to ensure, insofar as possible, that our graduates will possess:

  • The capacity for critical, independent thought

  • A personal sense of values, tempered by tolerance and a regard for the rights of others

  • The ability to use language effectively as a medium of both thought and expression

  • The analytical skills necessary to make sound qualitative and quantitative judgements

  • The ability to describe and explain differences in civilizations and cultures

  • An understanding of the conditions that affect them as individuals and as members of society

  • The capacity to evaluate intellectual and artistic achievements

  • A knowledge of science, technology and mathematics and their effects on human activities

  • A knowledge of positive mental and physical health practices

Recommended Core Curriculum

Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must complete the General Education Program, which consists of 41 credits distributed among eight categories. Students are advised to select General Education courses in conjunction with courses needed for their major during their first few years of study. Students must complete their English, Mathematics, and Speech requirements during the first 48 credit hours. All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for the necessary courses listed in the General Education Program. NOTE: Specific departmental requirements may vary, so students are encouraged to consult an advisor for specific information about selecting appropriate General Education courses from the recommended core curriculum.

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English Composition: 6 credits - 2 courses
Credits
Take one of the following three courses:
2020:121 English 3
3300:111 English Composition I 3
3300:113 African-American Language and Culture I: College Composition 3
Take one of the following three courses:
2020:222 Technical Report Writing 3
3300:112 English Composition II 3
3300:114 African-American Language and Culture II: College Composition 3
Mathematics - 3 credits 
Students enrolling in a higher-level math course may use this course to meet their General Education requirement. Credits
2030:152,153 Technical Mathematics II, III* 4
*Must complete BOTH courses. Only 3 credits apply toward fulfilling General Education requirement.
2030:161 Math for Modern Technology 4
3450:135 Excursions in Mathematics 3
3450:145 College Algebra 4
3450:210 Calculus with Business Applications 3
3450:240 Mathematical Foundations for Early Childhood Educations 3
3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life 4
3470:260 Basic Statistics 3
3470:261 Introduction to Statistics I 2
3470:262 Introduction to Statistics II 2
Natural Science: 8 credit minimum - At least two courses, each from a different set, one of which must be a lab 
Students in higher-level science courses with a lab may use those courses to meet their General Education requirements. Select one course each from a minimum of two different sets: Credits
Anthropology
3230:151 Human Evolution/Lab 4
Biology
2780:106 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health I 3
2780:107 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health II 3
3100:100 Introduction to Botany/Lab 4
3100:101 Introduction to Zoology/Lab 4
3100:103 Natural Science Biology/Lab 4
3100:108 Introduction to Biological Aging (Wayne College only) 3
Chemistry
2820:105 Basic Chemistry/Lab 3
2820:111 Introduction to Chemistry 3
2820:112 Introductory and Analytical Chemistry 3
3150:100 Chemistry and Society 3
3150:101 Chemistry for Everyone/Lab 4
Environmental Studies
3370:211 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
Geology
3370:100 Earth Science 3
3370:101 Introduction to Physical Geology 4
3370:102 Introductory Historical Geology/Lab 4
3370:103 Natural Science Geology 3
3370:121-141 Concepts in Geology 1
3370:171 Introduction to Oceans 3
3370:200 Environmental Geology 3
3370:201 Exercises in Environmental Geology/Lab1 1
3370:203 Exercises in Environmental Geology II/Lab 1
Physics
2820:161 Technical Physics: Mechanics I 2
2820:162 Technical Physics: Mechanics II 2
2820:163 Technical Physics: Electricity and Magnetism 2
2820:164 Technical Physics: Heat and Light 2
3650:130 Descriptive Astronomy/Lab 4
3650:133 Music, Sound and Physics/Lab 4
3650:137 Light/Lab 4
Oral Communication: 3 credits
Credits
2540:263 Professional Communications and Presentations 3
7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking                        3
7600:106 Effective Oral Communication 3
Social Sciences: 6 credits
One course from two different sets for a minimum of 6 credits Credits
Set 1 - Economics
2040:247 Survey of Basic Economics                                3
3250:100 Introduction to Economics 3
3250:200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
Set 2 - Geography
3350:100 Introduction to Geography 3
Set 3 - Government/Politics
2040:242 American Urban Society 3
3700:100 Government and Politics in the United States 3
3700:150 World Politics and Government 3
Set 4 - Psychology
2040:240 Human Relations 3
3750:100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Set 5 - Sociology/Anthropology
2040:244/344 Death and Dying 2
3230:150 Human Cultures 3
3850:100 Introduction to Sociology 4
5100:150 Democracy in Education 3
Set 6 - United States History
3400:250 U.S. History to 1877 4
3400:251 U.S. History since 1877 4
Set 7 - Science/Technology/Society
2040:241 Technology of Human Values 2
2040:243 Contemporary Global Issues 3
3240:100 Introduction to Archaeology 3
3600:125 Theory and Evidence 3
Humanities: 10 credits - 3 courses
All students are required to complete: Credits
3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition I 4
or
3400:221 History in the World Since 1300 4
Students must select one course from two different sets below for a minimum of six additional credits:
Set 1 - Fine Arts
7100:210 Visual Arts Awareness                                                                    3
7500:201 Exploring Music: Bach to Rock 3
7800:301 Introduction to Theatre through Film 3
7900:200 Viewing Dance 3
Set 2 - Philosophy/Classics
3200:220 Introduction to the Ancient World 3
3200:230 Sports and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome 3
3200:289 Mythology of Ancient Greece 3
3600:101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
3600:170 Introduction to Logic 3
Set 3 - Literature
3300:250 Classic and Contemporary Literature 3
3300:252 Shakespeare and His World 3
3300:281 Fiction Appreciation 3
Other literature in English translation:
3200:361 Literature of Greece 3
3580:350 Literature of Spanish-America in Translation 3
Set 4 - History/General Humanities
3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition I 4
or
3400:221 History of the World Since 1300 4
Area Studies & Cultural Diversity: 4 credits - 2 courses
Credits
2040:254 The Black Experience from 1619 to 1877                                         2
2040:256 Diversity in American Society 2
2040:257 The Black Experience 1877 to 1954 2
2040:258 The Black Experience 1954 to Present 2
3001:200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
3002:201 Introduction to Pan African Studies 3
3230:251 Human Diversity 3
3350:275 Geography of Cultural Diversity 2
3400:285 World Civilization: China 2
3400:286 World Civilization: Japan 2
3400:287 World Civilization: SE Asia 2
3400:288 World Civilization: India 2
3400:289 World Civilization: Middle East 2
3400:290 World Civilization: Africa 2
3400:291 World Civilization: Latin America 2
3501:210 Arabic Culture Through Film 2
3502:210 Chinese Culture Through Film 2
3560:210 Japanese Culture Through Film 2
7600:325 Intercultural Communication 3
Note: A student majoring in the College of Engineering is only required to take two credits from the Area Studies & Cultural Diversity area of General Education requirements.
Physical Education/Wellness: 1 credit
Credits
2740:122 Emergency Responder I                                                  1
5550:100 Introduction to Sports Studies 3
5540:120-183,190 Physical Education .5-1
5550:150 Concepts of Health and Fitness 3
5550:194 Sports Officiating 2
5550:211 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2
5550:212 First Aid & CPR -Prof. Rescuer 2
5570:101 Personal Health 2
7760:133 Nutrition Fundamentals 3
7510:126 Marching Band 1
7900:119/120 Modern Dance I/II 2
7900:124/125 Ballet I/II 2
7900:130/230 Jazz Dance I/II 2
7900:144 Tap Dance I/II 2
Note: Dance Technique courses do not meet this requirement for dance majors.

# 7900:200 does not meet this requirement for dance majors or dance minors.

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