The General Education program has four Distributive Studies categories: History and Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Scholarship in Practice.
The Program has three additional categories that may be taken on their own or, through double counting, may be rolled up into the Distributive Studies categories. Two of these comprise the Diversity requirement: Understanding Plural Societies and Cultural Competence. The third is the I-Series program, which challenges students to wrestle with big questions, and examine the ways that different disciplines address them. I-Series courses are not surveys of particular fields of knowledge. Instead, I-Series courses provide students with the basic concepts, approaches, and vocabulary of particular disciplines and fields of study as well as an understanding of how experts in those disciplines and fields employ terms, concepts, and approaches. With double-counting, students will have a minimum of 40 credits in General Education.
The General Education requirements include:
- Fundamental Studies (Academic Writing, Professional Writing, Mathematics, Analytic Reasoning, and Oral Communication) [5 courses, 15 credits]
- Distributive Studies (2 Humanities, 2 Natural Sciences [1 must be a lab course], 2 History and Social Sciences, and 2 Scholarship in Practice [only 1 may be in student's major]) [8 courses, 25 credits]
- The I-Series courses [2 courses, may be double counted with Distributive Studies and/or Diversity]
- Diversity (Understanding Plural Societies and Cultural Competence [2 courses], may be double counted w/ Dist. Studies])
Total credits: minimum 40.
Keep track of your progress with a Gen Ed folder (pdf)
From Diets to Dinosaurs: Two publications highlight Gen Ed courses
Learn more about the history of the Gen Ed at UMD