Note: The following General Education requirements are based on the latest information available but are subject to change. Students should consult 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 catalog, the catalog shall prevail.
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 the pursuit of knowledge through humanistic and scientific study. To instill this ideal, the faculty affirms that students will develop an appreciation of cultural diversity and an awareness of the effects of world civilizations.
The goal of general education in a baccalaureate program is provide an academic foundation to support the study of a major field, help students develop an awareness and understanding of the achievements of civilizations, an ability to integrate ethical decision-making into professional, social, and environmental contexts, and a reasoned appreciation of points of view originating in value-belief systems other than their own. Toward this end, students will demonstrate competency in each component of the general education program.
The general education program is organized into three major components: Intellectual and Practical Skills, General Knowledge, and Personal and Social Responsibility. Intellectual and Practical Skills is comprised of three elements: Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, and Information Fluency. The elements that make up the General Knowledge component are Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Two elements comprise Personal and Social Responsibility: Responsible Citizenship and Global Awareness. The eight elements of the general education program map into a set of academic disciplines and recommended lower division courses.
The general education program involves twelve or thirteen courses and 38 to 42 credit hours. Students demonstrate competency in the eight elements that comprise the general education program by passing at the appropriate level select courses in the program, and by maintaining in accord with specified guidelines a general education portfolio. Each course in the program has a set of student learning outcomes provided on the course syllabus, and shared with students when enrolled in the particular course. The general education portfolio addresses a set of student learning outcomes which are generally broader than those presented in the syllabi of courses. The portfolio contains material which verifies that specific student learning outcomes have been met.
To fulfill the general education requirements, UMFK students should select courses from the approved list. For transfer students, transcript analysis will be conducted to determine if courses taken prior to admission to UMFK are congruent with the courses of the general education program. The determination will be made at the time of transfer-credit evaluation in consultation with discipline faculty. Students who transfer to UMFK after having satisfactorily completed 30 or more credit hours in general education at an accredited college/university which satisfy UMFK general education program requirements are exempt from the portfolio requirement. Students who transfer to UMFK with an Associates of Arts or Sciences degree are exempt from the portfolio requirement; however, they are not exempt for the general education course requirements. Students who transfer to UMFK with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are exempt from completing the general education requirements.
The organization of the general education program and the particular aims of its eight elements and courses are outlined below. An additional three elements permeate the entire program. These are critical thinking, creativity, and ethics. These elements undergird the entire program and engage the student in all courses and in the portfolio requirements.
The student will be able to demonstrate competency in the critical skills of accessing, interpreting, and communicating qualitative and quantitative data.
The student will be able to communicate effectively unified and fully developed ideas, which will be written and spoken with clarity, coherence and authority of purpose to the intended audience.
|Written (6 credits)|
|ENG 100||English Composition I||3 credits|
|ENG 101||English Composition II OR|
|ENG 102H||Honors English Composition||3 Credits|
|Oral (3 credits)|
|BUS 219||Business and Professional Speaking||3 credits|
|COM 200||Speech||3 credits|
|EDU 214||Classroom Communications||3 credits|
|Honors Speech||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.
|MAT 1XX||May choose one fundamental course offering||3 credits|
|MAT 2XX or higher||Must choose one additional course||3 or 4 credits|
*May select two courses at the intermediate/upper level to satisfy the MAT1XX and MAT 2XX requirements.
The student will develop a set of abilities that enable effective, efficient access and critical analysis of information using appropriate technologies.
|COS 103||Introduction to Information Technology||4 credits|
|GEO 280||GIS Applications I||4 credits|
The liberal arts and sciences have been part of a university education since the original European universities of 1,000 years ago. All students will explore the scope and range of human achievement in the arts and sciences.
The student will develop the ability to analyze and empathize with the human condition from a variety of perspectives-cultural, philosophical, mythological, creative, and historical.
Visual & Performing Arts or Philosophy: Choose one course (3 credits)
|ART 100||History of Art-Prehistoric to Renaissance||3 credits|
|ART 101||History of Art-Renaissance to 20th Century||3 credits|
|ART 110||Humanities Through the Arts||3 credits|
|ART 200||Fundamentals of Art-Drawing||3 credits|
|ART 201||Fundamentals of Art-Sculpting||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|
Literature: Choose one course (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 to present||3 credits|
|ENG 255||World Literature I||3 credits|
|ENG 256||World Literature II||3 credits|
History: Choose one course (3 credits)
|HTY 100||World Civilizations I||3 credits|
|HTY 101||World Civilizations II||3 credits|
|HTY 102||United States History I||3 credits|
|HTY 103||United States History II||3 credits|
|Honors Seminar in Western Civilization||3 credits|
Foreign Language: Choose one or two courses in the same language (3 or 6 credits)
The 100-level course must be followed by the 101-level course in the same language. A student whose native language is not English satisfies the foreign language requirements by passing English 100 and English 101 with acceptable grades.
|FRE 100||Elementary French I||3 credits|
|FRE 101||Elementary French II||3 credits|
|FRE 150||Intermediate French I||3 credits|
|FRE 163||Applied French for Healthcare Professional||3 credits|
|FRE 165||Applied French for Regional Speakers||3 credits|
|SPA 100||Elementary Spanish I||3 credits|
|SPA 101||Elementary Spanish II||3 credits|
The student will be exposed to scientific inquiry and the laws and principles that have been established in humanity’s effort to understand the natural universe through the study of the biological or physical sciences.
|BIO 100||General Biology||4 credits|
|BIO 101||Human Biology||4 credits|
|BIO 130||Introduction to Biotechnology||4 credits|
|BIO 220*||Anatomy and Physiology I*||4 credits|
|AST 110||Descriptive Astronomy||4 credits|
|CHY 100||Chemistry I||4 credits|
|PHY 100||Physics I||4 credits|
|PHS 100||Physical Science I||4 credits|
|PHS 210||Earth Science||4 credits|
* Nursing and biomedical concentration students must take A&P I & II to satisfy GE requirement
The student will be able to describe the social and behavioral phenomena of human relationship to others, their communities, their social institutions.
|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|
|GOV 200||American Government||3 credits|
|POS 100||Introduction to Political Science||3 credits|
|PSY 100||Introduction to Psychology||3 credits|
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||3 credits|
|Honors Seminar in Behavioral/Social Sciences||3 credits|
During their matriculation students are expected to develop and grow as responsible citizens, and to acquire knowledge of and respect for the diversity of all life. Responsible citizenship involves a commitment to lifelong learning, democratic ideals as embodied in the United States Constitution, a healthy community, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. In this component of the general education program the student will address a project in responsible citizenship OR engage in an analysis of an issue of global significance.
|7. Responsible Citizenship (0 credits)||OR||8. Global Awareness (0 credits)|
|The student will participate in a project/activity involving the enhancement of education, economic opportunity, social services, the democratic process (locally, state, or nationally) or environmental preservation.||The student will analyze from a foreign country or countries a diversity issue, the economic exploitation of an identifiable group, or a military conflict that the UN has failed to resolve. The situation addressed must be current.|
Under guidance with the academic advisor, students may satisfy this project through coursework.
Total General Education Core Credits: 38 to 42 credits