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

  • 2030:161 Mathematics for Modern Technology (3)
  • 2030:152 Technical Mathematics II  & 2030:153 Technical Mathematics III (2/2, must take both)
  • 3450:135 Mathematics for Everyday Life (3)
  • 3450:145 Algebra for Calculus (4)
  • 3450:149 Pre-Calculus (4)
  • 3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life (4)
  • 3470:260 Basic Statistics (3)
  • 3470:261 Introduction to Statistics I & 262 Introduction to Statistics II (2/2, 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 (3)
  • 7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
  • 7600:106 Effective Oral Communication (3)

Writing — 6 credit hours
First course

  • 2020:121 English (3)
  • 3300:110 Composition I + Workshop (4)
  • 3300:111 Composition I (3)

Second course

  • 2020:222 Technical Report Writing (3)
  • 3300:112 Composition II (3)

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

  • 7100:100 Survey of History of Art I (3)
  • 7100:210 Visual Arts Awareness (3)
  • 7500:201 Exploring Music, Bach to Rock (3)
  • 7800:264 Playscript and Performance Analysis (3)
  • 7900:200 Viewing Dance (3)

Humanities – at least one course

  • 3200:230 Sports and Society in the Ancient World (3)
  • 3200:289 Mythology of Ancient Greece (3)
  • 3300:252 Shakespeare and his World (3)
  • 3300:281 Fiction Appreciation (3)
  • 3400:200 Empires of the Ancient World (3) GD
  • 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition (4) CT
  • 3400:221 Humanities in the World Since 1300 (4) CT
  • 3501:210 Arabic Culture through Film (3)
  • 3502:210 Chinese Culture through Film (3)
  • 3560:210 Japanese Culture through Film (3)
  • 3580:250 Hispanic Literature in Translation (3)
  • 3600:101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) CT
  • 3600:150 Critical Thinking (3) CT
  • 3600:120 Introduction to Ethics (3) CT
  • 3600:125 Theory and Evidence (3) CT
  • 3600:170 Introduction to Logic (3) CT
  • 3600:211 History of Ancient Philosophy (3) 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.

Courses marked GD or CT also fulfill a Tag requirement

Natural Science — 7 credit hours, including one lab

  • 2780:106 Anatomy and Physiology I, Allied Health (3)
  • 2780:107 Anatomy and Physiology II, Allied Health (3)
  • 2820:105 Basic Chemistry (3, lab)
  • 2820:111 Introductory Chemistry (3, lab)
  • 2820:112 Introductory and Analytical Chemistry (3, lab)
  • 2820:160 Technical Physics – Mechanics (4, lab)
  • 2820:163 Technical Physics - Electricity and Magnetism (2)
  • 2820:164 Technical Physics - Heat and Light (2)
  • 3100:103 Natural Science Biology (4, lab)
  • 3100:106 Exploring Biology (3)
  • 3150:101 Chemistry for Everyone (4)
  • 3230:151 Human Evolution (4, lab)
  • 3370:100 Earth Science (3)
  • 3370:101 Introductory Physical Geology (4, lab)
  • 3370:135 Geology of Energy Resources (1)
  • 3370:171 Introduction to Oceans (3)
  • 3370:201 Exercises in Environmental Geology I (1, lab)
  • 3370:203 Exercises in Environmental Geology II (1, lab)
  • 3370:211 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)
  • 3650:130 Descriptive Astronomy (4, lab)
  • 3650:133 Music, Sound, & Physics (4, lab)
  • 3650:137 Light (4, lab)
  • 7760:133 Nutrition Fundamentals (3)

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

  • 2040:240 Human Relations (3)
  • 2040:241 Technology and Human Values (3) CS
  • 2040:242 American Urban Society (3)
  • 2040:243 Contemporary Global Issues (3) GD
  • 2040:244/344 Death and Dying (3) DD
  • 2040:247 Survey of Basic Economics (3) CT
  • 2040:254 Black Experience from 1619-1877 (2)DD
  • 2040:256 Diversity in American Society (2) DD
  • 2040:257 Black Experience from 1877-1954 (2) DD
  • 2040:258 Black Experience from 1954-Present (2) DD
  • 3230:150 Human Cultures (3)
  • 3230:251 Human Diversity (3) GD
  • 3240:100 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • 3250:100 Introduction to Economics (3)
  • 3250:200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • 3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis (3)
  • 3350:100 Introduction to Geography (3)
  • 3400:250 United States History to 1877 (4) DD
  • 3400:251 United States History since 1877 (4) DD
  • 3700:100 Government and Politics in the United States (4)
  • 3700:150 World Politics and Governments (3)
  • 3750:100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology (3) DD
  • Students may fulfill the Social Science area requirement using courses from the same department or different ones.

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

Tier III: Tagged Courses

Complex Systems Affecting Individuals in Society – one course

  • 2040:241 Technology and Human Values (3) SS
  • 3230:370 Globalization and Culture (3)
  • 3230:420 Anthropology of Food (3)
  • 3230:457 Medical Anthropology (3)
  • 3230:460 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology (4)
  • 3250:385 Natural Resources and the Environment (3)
  • 3370:421 Coastal Geology (3)
  • 3370:452 Geology & Environmental Science Service Learning (3)
  • 3370:498 River Seminar (3)
  • 3580:308 Spanish Composition: Health Professions and First Responders (3)
  • 3600:361 Biomedical Ethics (3)
  • 3600:365 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • 3750:425 Psychology of Hate (4)
  • 3850:320 Social Inequalities (3)
  • 3850:330 Criminology (3)
  • 3850:342 Sociology of Health and Illness (3)
  • 3850:433 Deviant Behavior (3)
  • 5500:223 Urban Youth Mentoring (3)
  • 7400:401 American Families in Poverty (3)

Courses marked SS also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Critical Thinking – one course

  • 2030:255 Technical Calculus I (3)
  • 2040:247 Survey of Basic Economics (3)
  • 2040:349 Integrated Human Behavior and Health (3)
  • 3230:359 Anthropological Theory (3)
  • 3240:400 Archaeological Theory (4)
  • 3250:226 Computer Skills for Economic Analysis (3)
  • 3250:380 Money and Banking(3)
  • 3250:400 Intermediate Macroeconomics(3)
  • 3250:410 Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
  • 3250:426 Applied Econometrics (4)
  • 3370:231 Silicate Mineralogy and Petrology (3)
  • 3370:350 Structural Geology (4)
  • 3370:444 Environmental Magnetism (3)
  • 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition (4) HUM
  • 3400:221 Humanities in the World Since 1300 (4) HUM
  • 3400:323 History of Modern Europe (3)
  • 3600:101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) HUM
  • 3600:120 Introduction to Ethics (3) HUM
  • 3600:125 Theory and Evidence (3) HUM
  • 3600:150 Critical Thinking (3) HUM
  • 3600:170 Introduction to Logic (3) HUM
  • 3600:211 History of Ancient Philosophy (3) HUM
  • 3600:301 Research Methods I (3)
  • 3600:312 History of Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • 3600:313 History of Modern Philosophy (3)
  • 3750:110 Psychology Quantitative Methods (4)
  • 3750:220 Introduction to Experimental Psychology (4)
  • 3750:441 Clinical and Counseling Psychology (4)
  • 3850:301 Research Methods I (3)
  • 4400:401 Electrical Engineering Senior Design I (2)
  • 4450:401 Computer Engineering Senior Design I (2)
  • 6400:200 Foundations of Personal Finance (3)
  • 7600:245 Argumentation (3)

Courses marked HUM also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Domestic Diversity – one course

  • 2040:244/344 Death and Dying (3) SS
  • 2040:254 Black Experience from 1619-1877 (2) SS
  • 2040:256 Diversity in American Society (3)  SS
  • 2040:257 Black Experience from 1877-1954 (2) SS
  • 2040:258 Black Experience from 1954-Present (2) SS
  • 3001:200 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
  • 3230:358 Native North Americans (3)
  • 3250:487 Urban Economics (3)
  • 3350:350 Geography of the United States & Canada (3)
  • 3350:443 Urban Applications in GIS (3)
  • 3400:250 U.S. History to 1877 (4)  SS
  • 3400:251 U.S. History since 1877 (4) SS
  • 3400:350 US Women’s History (3)
  • 3580:307 Spanish Conversations for Health Professions (3)
  • 3600:455 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
  • 3750:435 Cross-Cultural Psychology (4)
  • 3750:474 Psychology of Women (4)
  • 3850:100 Introduction to Sociology (3) SS
  • 7600:325 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • 7750:270 Diversity and Social Work (3)
  • 7800:467 Multicultural Theatre (3)

Courses marked SS also fulfill a Tier II Disciplinary Area requirement

Global Diversity – one course

  • 2040:243 Contemporary Global Issues (3) SS
  • 3230:251 Human Diversity (3) SS
  • 3350:275 Geography of Cultural Diversity (2)
  • 3400:200 Empires of the Ancient World (3) HUM
  • 3400:337 France from Napoleon to De Gaulle (3)
  • 3560:210 Japanese Culture through Film (3)
  • 3580:360 Hispanic Culture through Film (3)
  • 3600:340 Eastern Philosophy (3)
  • 3700:300 Comparative Politics (4)
  • 3850:321 Population Study (3)
  • 7800:335 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature I (3)
  • 7800:435 History of Theatre and Dramatic Literature II (3)

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

Schedule of classes