General Education Program
General Education provides a common intellectual experience for all university students.
The program was designed to help students develop strong communication and critical thinking skills, a broad understanding of disciplinary areas, and the knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship in an interconnected world. General Education is the foundation of all undergraduate degree programs at The University of Akron.
The University of Akron is implementing a revised General Education Program beginning Fall 2017. For students who entered the University prior to Fall 2017, here are your program requirements. Students should consult with their advisors to clarify any questions about General Education.
Students who complete the General Education Program will demonstrate foundational competency in
- Written communication, oral communication and information literacy.
- Creating and evaluating reasoned arguments, and employing quantitative, qualitative, and normative information in such arguments.
- Knowledge of representative content and methods of inquiry of the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
- Knowledge and skills that promote personal, social and environmental responsibility, including knowledge of diversity, systemic relationships, and collateral effects and consequences within and across systems.
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete three tiers of General Education coursework. Tiers I and II provide students with foundational skills and breadth of disciplinary knowledge. Tier III courses require students to integrate knowledge, understand diverse perspectives, and think critically about complex issues. Courses tagged for Tier III may also fulfill major or Disciplinary Area requirements.
Tier 1: Academic Foundations — 12 credits
- Quantitative Reasoning (3)
- Speaking (3)
- Writing (6)
Tier 2: Disciplinary Areas — 22 credits
- Arts and Humanities (9)
- Natural Science (7)
- Social Science (6)
Tier 3: Tags — 4 courses
- Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society
- Critical Thinking
- Domestic Diversity
- Global Diversity
This General Education curriculum is for students who entered the University in Fall 2017 or later.
If you entered before Fall 2017, see your General Education curriculum.