Click on the following link to find out some of the general guidelines that you should follow when signing up for General Education Courses:
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General Education represents about one third of a baccalaureate degree program at the University of Rhode Island. As a consequence of the interaction between General Education and major programs, the University of Rhode Island expects that all programs will lead students toward:
The following are core definitions of the 7 divisions of the gen ed program:
- Fine Arts & Literature: Courses that promote aesthetic interpretation and an appreciation of its role in human experience; courses related to historical and critical study of the arts and literature as well as creative activity.
- Letters: courses that examine the history of thought and human values in social and historical
contexts through the use of written texts, e.g., primary source materials and critical expositions
- Natural Sciences: courses that employ the scientific method to examine the physical nature of the
world, the biological dimension of human life, and the nature of the environment and its various
- Social Sciences: courses related to the study of human development and behavior and varying
social, economic, cultural, and political solutions to societal and global problems
- Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning: courses that advance skills in, understanding of, and
appreciation for mathematics and the disciplines that have grown from mathematics.
- English Communication: courses that improve written and oral communication skills
- Cross-cultural Competence: courses that promote understanding of one's own cultural perspective in a multicultural world and develop the skills necessary to work, live, and interact with persons from different backgrounds, including developing bilingual skills, the comparative study of cultures, the study of cross-cultural communication, and/or study/internships abroad
Finally, each course in General Education must incorporate a special focus on three (3) or more of the following seven areas: