Revised General Education Program

Implementation date: Fall 2017

General Education provides a common intellectual experience for all university students. It is designed to give students a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills across the disciplines of social science, science, arts, and humanities. It is designed to impart valuable skills such as oral and written communication, information literacy, and critical thinking, as well as an understanding of responsible citizenship including such areas as human diversity, economic literacy, personal health, and societal and environmental sustainability. General Education is the foundation of all our degree programs at The University of Akron.

Requirements:

Students in four-year degree programs must complete three tiers of General Education requirements.

Tier I: Academic Foundations

The first tier of General Education coursework builds a foundation of skills necessary for academic success: written and oral communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning.

To complete this tier, students take 12 credit hours of coursework:

  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Speaking (3 hours)
  • Writing (6 hours)

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Tier II: Disciplinary Areas

The second tier of General Education coursework provides a broad foundation of knowledge and an understanding of methods of inquiry in disciplinary areas. Students may fulfill an area requirement with coursework in the same discipline.

To complete this tier, students take 22 credit hours of coursework:

  • Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • Natural Science (7 hours, including a lab)
  • Social Science (6 hours)
    Students must take at least one course in the area of Humanities and at least one course in the area of the Arts.

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Tier III: Critical Thinking and Responsible Citizenship

The third tier of General Education promotes critical thinking and personal, social, and environmental responsibility. Because tagged courses may meet disciplinary area and major/minor requirements, most students will fulfill Tier III requirements without additional credit hours.

To complete this tier, students take four tagged courses, one in each area:

  • Critical Thinking (CT)
  • Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society (CS)
  • Domestic Diversity (DD)
  • Global Diversity (GD)

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Tier I: Academic Foundation Courses

Quantitative Reasoning—3 credit hours

  • 2030:161 Mathematics for Modern Technology
  • 2030:152 & 153 Technical Mathematics II and III (must take both)
  • 3450:135 Mathematics for Everyday Life
  • 3450:145 College Algebra
  • 3450:149 Pre-Calculus
  • 3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life
  • 3470:260 Basic Statistics
  • 3470:261 & 262 Intro to Statistics I and II (must take both)

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

  • 2420:263 Professional Communication and Presentation
  • 7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • 7600:106 Effective Oral Communication

Writing—6 credit hours

First course

  • 2020:121 English
  • 3300:110 Composition I + Workshop
  • 3300:111 Composition I

Second course

  • 2020:222 Technical Report Writing
  • 3300:112 Composition II

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

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Tier II: Disciplinary Area Courses

Arts and Humanities—9 credit hours

Arts

  • 7100:100 Art History Survey
  • 7100:210 Visual Arts Awareness
  • 7500:201 Exploring Music, Bach to Rock
  • 7800:262 Playscript and Performance
  • 7900:200 Viewing Dance

Humanities

  • 3200:230 Sports and Society in the Ancient World
  • 3200:289 Mythology of Ancient Greece
  • 3300:252 Shakespeare and his World
  • 3300:281 Fiction Appreciation
  • 3400:200 Ancient Empires
  • 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition (CT*)
  • 3400:221 Humanities in the World Since 1300 (CT*)
  • 3501:210 Arabic Culture through Film
  • 3502:210 Chinese Culture through Film
  • 3560:210 Japanese Culture through Film
  • 3580:250 Hispanic Literature in Translation
  • 3600:101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • 3600:150 Critical Thinking
  • 3600:120 Ethics
  • 3600:125 Theory and Evidence(CT*)
  • 3600:170 Introduction to Logic
  • 3600:211 History of Ancient Philosophy (CT*)

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.

*Fulfills Critical Thinking tag requirement

Natural Science—7 credit hours, including 1 lab

  • 2780:106 Anatomy and Physiology I (Allied Health); 3 credit, non-lab
  • 2780:107 Anatomy and Physiology II (Allied Health); 3 credit, non-lab
  • 2820:105 Basic Chemistry; 4 credit, lab
  • 2820:111 Introductory and Analytical Chemistry; 4 credit, lab
  • 2820:160 Technical Physics - Mechanics; 4 credit, lab
  • 2820:163 Technical Physics - Electricity and Magnetism; 2 credit, non-lab
  • 2820:164 Technical Physics - Heat and Light; 2 credit, non-lab
  • 3100:103 Natural Science Biology; 4 credit, lab
  • 3100:106 Exploring Biology; 3 credit, non-lab
  • 3150:101 Chemistry for Everyone; 4 credit, lab
  • 3230:151 Human Evolution; 4 credit, lab
  • 3370:100 Earth Science; 3 credit, non-lab
  • 3370:101 Introductory Physical Geology; 4 credit, lab
  • 3370:135 Geology of Energy Resources 1 credit, non-lab;
  • 3370:171 Introduction to Oceans; 3 credit, non-lab
  • 3370:201 Exercises in Environmental Geology I; 4 credit, lab
  • 3370:203 Exercises in Environmental Geology II; 4 credit, lab
  • 3370:211 Introduction to Environmental Science; 3 credit, non-lab
  • 7760:133 Nutrition Fundamentals; 3 credit, non-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 inclues a lab, using courses from the same department or different ones.

Social Science—6 credit hours

  • 2040:240 Human Relations
  • 2040:241 Technology and Human Values
  • 2040:242 American Urban Society
  • 2040:243 Contemporary Global Issues(GD*)
  • 2040:244/344 Death and Dying (DD*)
  • 2040:247 Survey of Basic Economics
  • 2040:254 Black Experience from 1619-1877 (DD*)
  • 2040:256 Diversity in American Society (DD*)
  • 2040:257 Black Experience from 1877-1954 (DD*)
  • 2040:258 Black Experience from 1954-Present (DD*)
  • 3230:150 Human Cultures
  • 3230:251 Human Diversity (GD*)
  • 3240:100 Introduction to Archaeology
  • 3250:100 Introduction to Economics
  • 3250:200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • 3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis
  • 3350:100 Introduction to Geography
  • 3400:250 United States History to 1877
  • 3400:251 United States History since 1877
  • 3700:100 Government and Politics in the United States
  • 3700:150 World Politics and Governments
  • 3750:100 Introduction to Psychology
  • 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology (DD*)

Students may fulfill the Social Science area requirement using courses from the same department or different ones.

*Fulfills Domestic Diversity (DD) or Global Diversity (GD) tag requirement

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Tier III: Tagged Courses

Critical Thinking - one course

  • 2030:255 Technical Calculus I
  • 2040: 247 Survey of Basic Economics
  • 2040: 349 Integrated Human Behavior and Health
  • 3250:380 Money and Banking
  • 3250:400 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • 3250:410 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • 3250:426 Applied Econometrics
  • 3230:359 Anthropological Theory
  • 3240:400 Archaeological Theory
  • 3250: 226 Computer Skills for Economic Analysis
  • 3370: 231 Silicates
  • 3370:231 Silicate Mineralogy and Petrology
  • 3370:350 Structural Geology
  • 3370:444 Environmental Magnetism
  • 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition (Tier II: Humanities)*
  • 3400:221 Humanities in the World Since 1300 (Tier II: Humanities)*
  • 3400:323 History of Modern Europe
  • 3600:125 Theory and Evidence (Tier II: Humanities)*
  • 3600:211 History of Ancient Philosophy (Tier II: Humanities)*
  • 3600:313 History of Modern Philosophy
  • 3600:312 History of Medieval Philosophy
  • 3750:110 Psychology Quantitative Methods
  • 3750:220 Introduction to Experimental Psychology
  • 3750:441 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • 4400:401 Electrical Engineering Senior Design I
  • 4450:401 Computer Engineering Senior Design I
  • 6400: 200 Foundations of Personal Finance
  • 7600: 245 Argumentation

*Can be used to fulfill Tier II Disciplinary Area requirements

Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society - one course

  • 3230: 370 Globalization and Culture
  • 3250: 385 Natural Resources and the Environment
  • 3370: 498 River Seminar
  • 3750: 425 Psychology of Hate
  • 3850: 320 Social Inequalities
  • 3850: 330 Criminology
  • 3850: 433 Deviant Behavior
  • 7400: 401 American Families in Poverty

Domestic Diversity - one course

  • 2040:244/344 Death and Dying (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 2040:254 Black Experience from 1619-1877 (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 2040:256 Diversity in American Society (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 2040:257 Black Experience from 1877-1954 (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 2040:258 Black Experience from 1954-Present (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 3001:200 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • 3250:487 Urban Economics
  • 3350:358 Native North Americans
  • 3350:443 Urban Applications in GIS
  • 3400:350 US Women’s History
  • 3600:455 Philosophy of Feminism
  • 3680:307 Spanish Conversations for Health Professions
  • 3750:435 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • 3750:474 Psychology of Women
  • 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 7600:325 Intercultural Communication
  • 7800:346 Multicultural Theatre

*Can be used to fulfill Tier II Disciplinary Area requirements

Global Diversity - one course

  • 2040:243 Contemporary Global Issues (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 3230:251 Human Diversity (Tier II: Social Science)*
  • 3350:275 Cultural Diversity
  • 3400:200 Empires of the Ancient World
  • 3580:360 Hispanic Culture through Film
  • 3600:340 Eastern Philosophy
  • 3700:300 Comparative Politics
  • 7800 335/435 History of Theatre

*Can be used to fulfill Tier II Disciplinary Area requirements

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