UArizona's new General Education curriculum focuses on perspective-taking, interdisciplinary thinking, and reflection. The program is 32 units in total and has been designed to respond to faculty and student feedback and to align with the Arizona Board of Regents' (ABOR) General Education policy.
A new 1-unit course introducing students to the conceptual foundations of UArizona's new General Education curriculum (perspective-taking, interdisciplinary thinking, reflection on learning), starting ePortfolios, developing digital literacy practices, and transitioning to the University of Arizona, including supporting student well-being.
Foundations courses engage students in critical thinking and prepare them for future college work (typically 9 units). Students must take or accomplish the equivalency of Math, Writing, and Second Language.
In Exploring Perspectives courses, students will explore and practice the varied approaches and ways of reasoning of the Artist, Humanist, Natural Scientist, and Social Scientist.
In Building Connections courses, students will explore the unique contributions of knowledge, skills, methodologies, values and perspectives from varied disciplines and social positions.
All Exploring Perspectives and Building Connections courses carry 1-2 Attributes. An Attribute is an emphasis on skills, methodologies, and/or contexts that frame course content. Links to each Attribute category will be available soon.
Classes with the Diversity & Equity Attribute will focus on issues such as racism, classism, sexism, ableism, imperialism, colonialism, transphobia, xenophobia, and other structured inequities.
GE courses that carry a Quantitative Reasoning attribute aim to apply those mathematical skills to questions, ideas, challenges, and/or problems that are relevant to students, society, and/or the world.
Classes with the World Cultures and Societies Attribute will focus on a broad array of questions that shape our global community, both past and present.
Founded on principles of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), General Education courses with a Writing Attribute promote greater facility with written communication across academic, professional, and civic communities.