Academic Programs
General Education Requirements (Associate Degree)
General Education Philosophy

The faculty affirms that humankind is best served by a society that is equitable and just. Society moves towards this ideal when its members are ethical in their actions and open-minded in their consideration of alternative social values, individual beliefs, and value the pursuit of life-long knowledge through humanistic and scientific study.

General Education Goal

To instill this ideal of the pursuit of knowledge and life-long learning, the faculty affirms that students will learn methods and applications of communication, logic, and analysis; they will demonstrate competence in mathematics, written and spoken communication, and appropriate technologies; they will learn basic knowledge content in the liberal arts and sciences. Further, they will demonstrate competence in a foreign language, information fluency and critical thinking.

General Education Outcomes

The following general education for associate degree competencies were recommended by the faculty and are congruent with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (2010) standard 4.15 to 4.18 requirements and with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2005) Liberal Education and America's Promise: Excellence for Everyone as the Nation Goes to College (LEAP) The general education curriculum embodies the institution's definition of an educated person and prepares students for life and for the world in which they live.

Demonstration of Competence
  • All students will keep assessment portfolios of work done each semester. These portfolios will be a record of student performance and will be evaluated annually by the advisor and during the semester before graduation.
  • With the advisor, program coordinator, and/or divisional chair's support, each student's portfolio will have (minimally) clearly defined
    • General Education Core Competencies with their Student Learning Outcomes
    • Program expectations and outcomes
    • Syllabi for courses taken, or documented experiences, that will be offered as proof the student has fulfilled such outcomes.
    • Proofs of assessments, such as exams and papers.
  • Since the General Education Core is competency driven, assessments may be made through coursework, experiential learning, or a mix.

Note: To fulfill the general education requirements, UMFK students should select from the approved list of courses. For transfer students, transcript analysis will be conducted to determine if courses taken prior to admission to UMFK are congruent with meeting the outcomes of the general education requirements rather than from the specified list of courses. The determination will be made at the time of transfer credit evaluation in consultation with discipline faculty. Students who have previously completed a 4-year Bachelor's degree are exempted from the General Education Requirements.


All students will be able to demonstrate competency in the critical skills of accessing, interpreting, and communicating qualitative and quantitative data. (16 credits).

A. Communication (9 credits):

The student will be able to effectively communicate unified and fully developed ideas, which will be written and spoken with clarity, coherence and authority of purpose to the intended audience.

CRN Course Name Credits
Written (6 credits)
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
Oral (3 credits)
BUS 219 Business and Professional Speaking 3 credits
COM 200 Speech 3 credits
EDU 214 Classroom Communications 3 credits
B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits):

The student will demonstrate the comprehension and use of mathematical and quantitative concepts, the interpretation and critical evaluation of data, effective problem-solving techniques and critical reasoning.

CRN Course Name Credits
MAT XXX Must choose any one course 3-4 credits
C. Information Literacy (4 credits):

The student will develop a set of abilities that enable effective, efficient access and critical analysis of information using appropriate technologies.

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I 4 credits

All students will explore the expression of the human experience through the visual or performing arts as well as language, literature, history or philosophy. All students will utilize the scientific method and be able to explain phenomena of the physical and natural world. (10 credits).

A. Arts and Social Sciences* (3 credits required):

The student will possess greater self-awareness of their role as a responsible citizen fostering the development of a more democratic and compassionate global community.

CRN Course Name Credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
ECO 100 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics 3 credits
EDU 401 Educational Psychology 3 credits
GEO 201 Cultural Geography 3 credits
GEO 203 World Geography 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
GOV 200 American Government 3 credits
POS 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
ART 100 History of Art-Prehistoric to Renaissance 3 credits
ART 101 History of Art-Renaissance to 20th Century 3 credits
ART 200 Fundamentals of Art 3 credits
MUS 100 Music History 3 credits
MUS 120 History of Rock and Roll 3 credits
MUS 200 Fundamentals of Music 3 credits
MUS 204 American Music 3 credits
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Arts/Social Sciences 3 credits
B. Natural Science* (4 credits with lab required):

The student will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of the physical and biological sciences and apply scientific methods of inquiry.

CRN Course Name Credits
AST 110 Descriptive Astronomy 4 credits
BIO 100 General Biology 4 credits
BIO 130 Introduction to Biotechnology 4 credits
CHY 100 Chemistry I 4 credits
PHY 100 Physics I 4 credits
PHS 100 Physical Science I 4 credits
C. History and Literature* (3 credits required):

The student will describe how humans relate to others through the context of the history and literature of societies.

CRN Course Name Credits
HTY 100 World Civilizations I 3 credits
HTY 101 Foundation of Western Civilization II 3 credits
HTY 102 United States History I 3 credits
HTY 103 United States History II 3 credits
HTY 105 Introduction to Contemporary World I 3 credits
HTY 106 Introduction to the Contemporary World II 3 credits
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3 credits
ENG 202 British Literature I 3 credits
ENG 203 British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 250 American Literature to 1865 3 credits
ENG 251 American Literature 1865-present 3 credits
ENG 255 World Literature I 3 credits
ENG 256 World Literature II 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Western Civilization 3 credits
*Associate of Science in Applied Forest Management: choose one course from Arts & Social Sciences or History & Literature; Natural Science satisfied through program requirements.

Competencies to be demonstrated, and awarded, through experiential portfolio, standardized tests, and/or relevant coursework. These essential competencies are necessary to the success of a liberally educated University graduate.

A. Non-English Language Competency:

The student will develop an awareness of the languages and heritages of fellow citizens and be able to communicate with others globally. Students will demonstrate a mid-novice level of competency in a language other than English, including American Sign Language, other signed languages, or Braille.

CRN Course Name Credits
Two years of high school foreign language; Bilingual fluency; CLEP test; Prior learning assessment
SPA 100 Elementary Spanish I 3 credits
FRE 100 Elementary French I 3 credits
B. Information Proficiency:

The student will demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and use information and technology for critical thinking, lifelong learning and informed decision making.

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I 4 credits
C. Critical Thinking:

The student will use critical thought in order to guide and direct decision making from a base of sound judgments, formal reasoning, and ethical and moral considerations so as to engage in meaningful actions and behaviors as contributing members of society. To be assessed through portfolio review.

Total General Education Core Credits: 26 credits

Note: The foregoing General Education requirements are based on the latest information available but are subject to change. Students should consult the printed edition of the specific catalog in effect for the semester they were admitted to UMFK for exact requirements. In the event of a discrepancy between the website and the printed catalog, the printed catalog shall prevail.

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