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.


Learning Outcomes

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.

Requirements

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

Curriculum

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.

Tier I: Academic Foundations

Quantitative Reasoning — 3 credit hours

Students who successfully complete a mathematics or statistics course with a prerequisite on the above list satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Speaking — 3 credit hours

Writing — 6 credit hours
First course

Second course

Students who are placed in the second writing course and successfully complete it satisfy the Writing requirement.

Tier II: Disciplinary Area Courses

Arts and Humanities — 9 credit hours

Arts - at least one course

Humanities – at least one course

Students must take at least one Arts course and at least one Humanities course. The second Arts or Humanities course may be in the same department or in a different one.

Courses marked GD or CT also fulfill a Tag requirement

Natural Science — 7 credit hours, including one lab

A majors-track course in the natural sciences can substitute for a general education natural science course.

Students may fulfill the Natural Sciences requirement with any coursework that adds up to seven credit hours and includes a lab, using courses from the same department or different ones.

Social Science — 6 credit hours

Courses marked CS, CT, DD, or GD also fulfill a tag requirement

Tier III: Tagged Courses

Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society – one course

Courses marked SS also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Critical Thinking – one course

Courses marked HUM also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Domestic Diversity – one course

Courses marked SS also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Global Diversity – one course

Courses marked SS or HUM also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement