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General Education at UCM

General Education Program

UCM’s required General Education courses prepare you for success in any field. These courses will ask you to write, speak, analyze information, and think critically. You will learn how to apply these skills to real-world problems and how to make connections among different areas of knowledge. With this foundation, you understand your major and how it contributes to the world.  

General Education Competencies

The General Education Program consists of courses in several Skill and Knowledge areas. Work in your major builds on this foundation. The 10 competencies describe the common core of what all UCM graduates learn. 

Skill Area Competencies

  • Competency One: Writing with clarity and purpose, using the correct format, structure, and documentation.
  • Competency Two: Presenting and interacting in public, group, and interpersonal settings.
  • Competency Three: Using math and formal reasoning to analyze and draw inferences.
  • Competency Four: Thinking creatively and critically.
  • Competency Five: Acquiring and managing information through research and technology.

Knowledge Area Competencies

  • Competency Six: Knowledge and appreciation of literature, languages and the arts.
  • Competency Seven: Knowledge of the physical and natural world using science, math, and technology.
  • Competency Eight: Knowledge of human experience through history and the social/behavioral sciences.
  • Competency Nine: Evaluating individual actions, intercultural relationships and social choices through ethical reasoning, civic principles, and cultural values.
  • Competency Ten: Creating a cumulative work that demonstrates the integration and application of knowledge.


Find Out More

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Explore Course Offerings

Check out the Undergraduate Catalog for General Education course listings and descriptions.


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Check Your Progress

Central Degree Audit provides more information about the General Education courses required for your degree. You can also keep track of your progress towards meeting degree requirements.


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Make an Appointment

Your academic advisor can answer additional questions about General Education and signing up for courses. When planning your schedule, always meet with your advisor to assure you remain on track to graduate on time.


Starting at UCM in the fall? Be sure to check out Themed Learning Communities, an exciting way to experience General Education reserved for first-semester freshmen.


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