This Toolkit provides advisors with relevant information associated with the new General Education Program. The new Program will serve matriculants beginning in the Spring 2022 semester. If you have any suggestions to improve this Toolkit or if you have materials that you would like to share with colleagues through this Toolkit, please contact Ryan Winet.
The Toolkit is organized into the following categories:
- Articulation & Transfer
For all students, this General Education Requirements Adobe Spark presentation provides basic information about the new General Education curriculum and course categories.
Additional resources will be available soon for transfer students.
Articulation & Transfer
Guiding Principles for Articulation
The new General Education is an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspective-taking, interdisciplinary thinking, and reflection. Novel course categories, particularly Building Connections, may present challenges for transfer credit articulation.
The following principles should inform articulation:
- Although some transfer courses do not exactly match an EP or BC course, they can be articulated if they meet the "spirit of the requirement";
- Transfer articulation practices must not create additional barriers toward graduation (time, units, or expenses) for students;
- Transfer articulation practices should be conversant with existing policies and guidelines for the Tiers curriculum whenever possible;
- Transfer credit policies and guidelines should be flexible while also reflective of the integrity of the curriculum.
Catalog & Policies
The new GE Program serves students who matriculate in Spring 2022 or after. All approved policies for the new GE Program can be found on the General Education Curriculum (Spring 2022) Academic Policies page of the University of Arizona Catalog. Please note: The Office of General Education is currently working working on a revised transfer policy to provide more specificity.
Students who matriculated before Spring 2022 are enrolled in the Tiers General Education Program. Tiers Program policies can be found on the the General Education Curriculum (Fall 2021) Academic Policies page.
Below is a list of particularly relevant policies to advisors working with students enrolled in the new GE Program:
Course Category Descriptions for Advisors
The following descriptions are meant to provide advisors with guidance on the new course categories, particularly for articulation and transfer.
Artist perspective courses may include exploring the current and historical creative work of individuals and communities; analyzing artistic techniques, styles, and/or materials in relation to creative expression; understanding ethical, social, and political impacts of artistic practices and works; and creating artistic works of one's own in order to meaningfully contribute to a shared creative future. These may include, but are not limited to, courses in art, dance, music, creative writing, or theatre arts.
Courses that explore the perspective of the humanist may include close-reading and evaluation of current and historical materials; analyzing concepts and strategies of meaning making of individuals and communities; and addressing ethical problems of being and doing, from multiple points of view, to meaningfully contribute to a shared human experience. These may include, but are not limited to, courses from humanities, literature, philosophy, religion, or western civilization.
Courses that explore the perspective of the natural scientist may include exploring physical, chemical and biological processes; analyzing how these processes have been shaping the natural world; applying the scientific method to solve problems with the help of empirical and data-driven approaches; and the ethical and broader impacts of these approaches from multiple points of view, to meaningfully contribute to a shared future. These may include, but are not limited to, courses from astronomy, biology, botany, environmental science, chemistry, geology, physics, physical geography, or zoology.
Courses that explore the perspective of the social scientist may include exploring current and historical societies and their interactions; analyzing motivations, behaviors, and developments of institutions, communities, and individuals; addressing problems in the relationship to self and others; and ethical impacts of these studies from multiple points of view, to meaningfully contribute to a shared global community. These may include, but are not limited to, courses from anthropology, economics, ethnic/race/gender studies, history, political science, government, psychology, cultural geography, linguistics, or sociology.
Building Connections courses bring together knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines and/or perspectives. The Building Connections curriculum is focused on multi-perspective taking. In Building Connections courses, students will explore the unique contributions of knowledge, skills, methodologies, values and perspectives from varied disciplines and social positions. In addition, they will practice higher-order learning activities such as conceptual thinking, problem solving, innovative design, critical analysis, evaluation of ideas, and creation of knowledge/products. These courses may include courses that integrate multiple disciplines or that approach subject matter from multiple perspectives or social positions.
Exploring Perspectives and Building Connections courses must carry at least one Attribute but no more than two Attributes.
Attributes will not be counted toward Graduation credit until Fall 2024, providing time for the Office of General Education to assess whether or not Attribute requirements by type are necessary (e.g. 2 Diversity & Equity, 2 Quantitative Reasoning, etc.) to satisfy institutional and statewide learning outcomes.
Courses might be designated with the Diversity & Equity Attribute if they focus on structured inequities, including, but not limited to, racism, classism, sexism, ableism, imperialism, colonialism, transphobia, or xenophobia. This is not an exhaustive list; rather, it a sampling of inequities that might be the focus of a course.
Courses that focus on generating, analyzing, and/or interpreting quantitative information/data, developing the ability to construct coherent arguments based on that information, and effectively communicating those arguments may be designated with the Quantitative Reasoning Attribute. This includes science courses with labs.
Courses that focus on an understanding and respect for societies outside the United States, thinking critically about our place in the world, and asking a broad array of questions that have shaped our global community both past and present may have the World Cultures and Societies Attribute.
Courses may have the Writing Attribute if they focus on engaged learning, critical thinking, and greater facility with written communication across rhetorical situations.
Articulating Building Connections Courses
Building Connections (BC) is a course category in the new curriculum totaling 9 units and three courses. A Building Connections course will require students to take several perspectives and to explore the unique contributions of knowledge, skills, methodologies, values and perspectives from varied disciplines and social positions. In addition, students will practice higher-order learning activities such as conceptual thinking, problem solving, innovative design, critical analysis, evaluation of ideas, and creation of knowledge/products.
Some BC courses will have more than one perspective in the same discipline. In BC courses, perspective-taking entails drawing on multiple perspectives, disciplinary and otherwise, in order to develop a more comprehensive understanding of complex questions, ideas and artifacts. Below are some approaches to articulating transfer credits for BC courses:
With this strategy, advisors start by articulating EP courses, then proceed to BC articulation. The Artist, Humanist, Natural Scientist, and Social Scientist perspectives can often be matched quickly. Once advisors have a sense of the EP articulation, they can then turn toward those courses that do not easily match one of the singular perspectives of EP and articulate for BC.
Let’s say a student has completed five courses that should articulate to either EP or BC course categories in the new curriculum. You’ve articulated five of these courses to four EP perspectives, meaning there is an “extra” EP course in the Artist slot, as seen below:
- EP Artist: Classical Guitar; Intro to Fine Arts;
- EP Humanities: The Detective Novel;
- EP Natural Scientist: Biology;
- EP Social Scientist: Psychology
At this moment, you might have a conversation with the student to see whether or not one of those EP: Artist courses fits within the spirit of BC. After talking with the student, you realize that the Intro to Fine Arts course involved drawing, painting, and sculpture. Intro to Fine Arts could be slotted into a BC course because the different media, particularly sculpture, require students to take different artistic perspectives in the making of artifacts. Therefore, Intro to Fine Arts can be articulated as a BC course.
Below are answers to some of the most Frequently-Asked-Questions we have received from various advisor groups across our campus. The questions below are organized according to the following categories in alphabetical order:
- Advising Reports
- Class Search
- Incoming Students
- UNIV 101 & 301
The section for General Education will change automatically. Changes to other sections will have to be made internally.
For more robust elaborations of the course categories in terms of articulation, please see Course Category Descriptions for Advisors above.
Yes: AGEC will cover new GE in completion. If a student comes in with an AGEC, then they have completed all General Education requirements.
The office of Transfer Credit and Articulation is updating the tables that liken exam scores to the new General Education curriculum.
Currently, the new General Education program is only offering courses that have been adapted from either Tiers General Education courses or courses already offered in the University Catalog. Because all courses in the new program retain their prefix, course number, and name, the same rules for credit by examination should apply to these courses in the new program.
The University-wide General Education Committee (UWGEC) will begin reviewing brand new General Education courses in Summer or Fall of 2022.
Class Search & Catalog
Class Search is being modified with appropriate attributes for new course categories. A pop-up feature to warn students / advisors that the GE course they select is in the wrong curriculum (just in case) is also being developed for Spring 2022 matriculants.
GE courses approved for Spring 2022 will appear in the course catalog October 1.
GE courses approved for Summer/Fall 2022 will appear in the course catalog March 1.
All Spring 2022 matriculants. This Soft Launch population (Spring 2022 matriculants) includes transfer and first year students across all campuses. The catalog has already been updated to specify that students matriculating in Spring 2022 and beyond need to complete the new curriculum.
Yes. The upper division requirement is an important component of the class offerings for Spring 2022 in the new curriculum.
The new General Education program is 32 units, a reduction from the 36 units required by the Tiers program. In addition, the new program allows for up to 9 units to be Double-Dipped. This reduction in total unit requirements and the expansion of double-dipped courses was developed in close dialogue with Colleges that offer higher-credit requirement Majors.
UNIV 101 & 301
UNIV 101 is an introduction to general education, not a college success course or an intro to the college/discipline/field. The content is completely different, so students could take both with no overlap.
UNIV 101 will be offered in person. We will have asynchronous sections for Arizona Online, but those students are taking all of their courses asynchronously. UNIV 301 will be an asynchronous online, 7.5 week course. This decision is primarily driven by room capacity. However, we plan to offer face to face workshops for students to support them in designing their Gen Ed eportfolios.
First year students will be pre-enrolled in UNIV 101 across all campuses.
Students have some flexibility. The earliest UNIV 301 can be taken is after a student has completed their foundations math and writing, and are completed/in progress with at least 5 of their 7 EP and BC courses.
New students who are classified as first-year students at the point of admission will be required to take UNIV 101 as their entry course and UNIV 301 as their exit course for General Education. Students will be pre-scheduled for UNIV 101 in their first semester, while students can enroll in 301 after completing Foundations Writing and Math, and are completed/in-progress with at least 5 of 7 Exploring Perspectives and/or Building Connections courses (Core Courses).
All other new UArizona students (including transfer and readmitted students) will have the option of taking either or both of these courses but will not be required to complete them for graduation provided that they still complete the minimum number of units of general education coursework required by ABOR policy.