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General Education

General Education

Curriculum and Learning Goals


The Undergraduate General Education Curriculum is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. It emphasizes engaged learning and clear learning goals. Students are required to take between 42 and 48 credits in general education courses, or roughly 1/3 of their 128 credits required for graduation.

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Key components include an academic first year seminar taught by engaging faculty members on topics of their choosing, courses specifically addressing topics of global understanding and cultural diversity, and a senior capstone course that encourages students to consider interdisciplinary perspectives on the human experience. Care has been taken to build in considerable flexibility and provide more choices of courses that will meet requirements.

Monmouth University’s General Education curriculum addresses six learning goals that help students prepare for lifelong learning. Specifically, a well-educated student prepared to embark on a journey of lifelong learning will:

  1. Be empowered with a mastery of practical and intellectual skills, including writing, reading, speaking, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, technology, information literacy, and critical thinking;
  2. Be informed by knowledge of the natural and social sciences and basic forms of inquiry, including competence in basic research skills, scientific method, collaborative problem solving, and working in interdisciplinary groups;
  3. Have self-understanding based upon reflection, judgment, self-examination, independence of mind, and creativity;
  4. Have an understanding of the human experience based upon knowledge of history, culture, interdependence, equality, justice, diversity, commonality, and contemporary global affairs;
  5. Be responsible for ethics in social interactions, community involvement, and civic action; and
  6. Relate academic knowledge to broader life and career pursuits, and acquire a depth of knowledge in a major field.

These goals have been further delineated into intended student learning outcomes for each of the general education requirements.