The UNF General Education Program, 2013-14 and Earlier


A key purpose of General Education is to provide the components of a liberal education that develop and cultivate the capacities required for effective social, intellectual, and cultural engagement in a diverse democratic society and global environment. The General Education program provides the opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and values that support full social participation and citizenship. 


One must have the critical analytical and communication skills, as well as knowledge of the natural, social, and quantitative sciences, to understand and argue the important issues of the day.  Furthermore, these issues call for aesthetic and ethical values and reflection that are developed most profoundly through the arts and humanities.  

Learning Outcomes

Know the world.

Demonstrate knowledge of the natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and human societies.
Apply knowledge to real-world situations.
Recognize the inevitable limits of your own perception and understanding.

Think Critically.

Read, analyze, and understand complex texts or quantitative information.
Use evidence to critically evaluate or defend a point of view.
Understand and critically evaluate ethical or aesthetic points of view.

Solve Problems.

Locate, evaluate, and/or use research sources.
Formulate and/or apply models to evaluate problems and draw conclusions.

Respect Others.

Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement.
Recognize your place in the world in relation to others.

Express Yourself.

Write in a coherent, analytical, and persuasive manner.
Speak respectfully, articulately and coherently in informal discussions or formal presentations.

General Education Areas of Study


Students will demonstrate knowledge of a broad outline of world history and artistic traditions and recognize the significant events, ideas, individuals, artifacts, and institutions that have shaped our knowledge of the world.


Natural Sciences

Students will recognize and understand guiding principles, concepts, and a body of knowledge associated with a scientific discipline.



Students will explain principal mathematical concepts used to understand the world.


Social Sciences

Students will understand the relation of self to the world through investigation of the influence of social, cultural, economic, and political institutions in shaping human thought, value, and behavior.