The UNF General Education Program Requirements
Students must complete 36 credit hours of general education curriculum. This requirement includes 15 credit hours mandated by the State of Florida and 21 credit hours of UNF-specific coursework. UNF’s general education curriculum focuses on developing intellectual competencies in the areas of writing, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and scientific method, and integrative learning.
Part A: State of Florida mandated Curriculum areas
Choose one course from each area
- ENC 1101– (GW) Writing for Audience and Purpose (3 hours)*
- Or, a writing course for which ENC 1101 is a direct prerequisite.
- ARH 2000 – Art Appreciation (3 hours)
- **HUM 2020 – Introduction to Humanities (3 hours)
- LIT 2000 – (GW) Introduction to Literature (3 hours)
- MUL 2010 – (GW) Introduction to Music Literature
- PHI 2010 – (GW) Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)
- THE 2000 – Theater Appreciation (3 hours)
3. Social Sciences
- ***AMH 2020 – United States History since 1877 (3 hours)
- ANT 2000 – Introduction to Anthropology (3 hours)
- ECO 2013 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
- ***POS 2041 – Introduction to American Government (3 hours)
- PSY 2012 – Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
- SYG 2000 – Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
4. Mathematics and Statistics
- MAC 1105 – (GM) College Algebra (3 hours)
- MAC 2311 – (GM) Calculus (4 hours)
- MGF 1106 – (GM) Finite Mathematics (3 hours)
- MGF 1107 – (GM) Explorations in Mathematics (3 hours)
- STA 2014 – (GM) Elementary Statistics for Health and Social Sciences (3 hours)
- STA 2023 – (GM) Elementary Statistics for Business (3 hours)
- Or, a mathematics course for which one of the above general education core course options in mathematics is a direct prerequisite
5. Natural and Physical Sciences
- AST 2002 – Discovering Astronomy (3 hours)
- BSC 1005 – Principles of Biology (3 hours)
- BSC 1005L – Principles of Biology Lab (1 hour)
- BSC 1010C – General Biology I (4 hours)
- BSC 2085C – Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
- CHM 1020 – Discovering Chemistry (3 hours)
- CHM 2045 – General Chemistry I (3 hours)
- ESC 2000 – Earth Science (3 hours)
- *EVR X001 – Introduction to Environmental Science
- PHY 1020 – Discovering Physics: How things work (3 hours)
- PHY 2048C – Calculus-Based Physics I (4 hours)
- PHY 2053 – Algebra-Based Physics I (3 hours)
- Or, a natural science course for which one of the above general education core course options in natural science is a direct prerequisite.
*Upon successful completion of ENC 1101 (C or better), students will automatically earn a badge for “Fundamentals of Written Communication” which is transferable across Florida institutions of higher education.
Definition: Effective written communication is the ability to communicate ideas, information, and perspectives clearly, adapting a message to different audiences and situations, and using the appropriate style to convey meaning in various written contexts.
By completing the college course associated with this badge, you will demonstrate information literacy, comprehension of written material, and conveying information in writing for a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences. Some of the learning outcomes associated with the college course that results in this badge include:
• Examining and analyzing written material.
• Synthesizing information and ideas.
• Developing content relevant to the purpose.
• Demonstrating the ability to write to a specific audience.
• Presenting a perspective informed by research and critical thinking.
• Revising written communication based on feedback.
Importance in Workplace
• Enhances an employee's ability to interpret and evaluate a wide variety of written material.
• Promotes research, critical thinking, and problem solving.
• Advances the development of clearly written material relevant to the intent.
• Enhances the use of appropriate language for the intended audience.
• Increases the competent, effective, and responsible use of information.
**These courses are not taught by UNF but are listed as a common core course and accepted as transfer credit.
***These courses satisfy the state mandated civic literacy requirement. Students may also fulfill the requirement through a state approved exam.
Part B: UNF General Education Requirements
Writing Effectively (6 hours)
Students will produce writing that clearly addresses audiences and purposes; identify and use relevant and reliable source materials; and compose documents that adhere to generally accepted standards of English usage and stylistic standards of discipline-specific writing tasks.
Choose one additional course from the following (at least 3 hours).
- ENC 1143 – (GW) Writing with Evidence and Style (3 hours)
- Or IDS 1932 - (GW) Interdisciplinary First Year Writing (3 hours)
- Any CRW or ENC 2000-level course
- ENC 3202 – (GW) Professional Communications for Business (3 hours)
- ENC 3246 – (GW) Professional Communications for Engineering (3 hours)
- ENC 3250 – (GW) Professional Communications (3 hours)
*Note: Students who declared an Engineering major starting in 2019-20 may substitute a General Education course in Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis and the Scientific Method (3-4 credit hours) for ENC 1143.
Thinking Critically (6 hours)
Students will explain and apply discipline-specific concepts; examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from various points of view; analyze, evaluate, and appreciate cultural artifacts (such as texts, music, artworks, media productions, architecture); investigate the role of technology in shaping culture; examine different cultural traditions, institutions, and political and economic systems; use different qualitative methods of inquiry, and different kinds of argumentation and evidence; reflect critically upon the human condition and experience; critically reflect on their own social positions or cultural backgrounds; investigate systems that produce social inequality or cultural difference; articulate the perspectives of others; and apply knowledge of diversity and difference to issues outside the classroom.
Choose from the following menu. Students must complete at least one course (3 hours) of Diversity and Difference. These courses are marked with a (CD).
- *AFH 3450 (CD) South Africa (3 hours)
- *AMH 3571 (CD) Introduction to African-American History (3 hours)
- *AMH 3580 (CD) American Indian History (3 hours)
- ANT 2000 (CD) Introduction to Anthropology (3 hours)
- ANT 2423 (CD) Kinship and Family (3 hours)
- *ANT 3212 (CD) Peoples & Cultures of the World (3 hours)
- *ANT 3312 (CD) North American Indians (3 hours)
- ARH 2050 Art History Survey I (3 hours)
- ARH 2051 Art History Survey II (3 hours)
- *ASH 3223 (CD) Middle East (3 hours)
- *ASH 3440 (CD) Japanese Civilization (3 hours)
- ASN 2003 (CD) Introduction to Asia (3 hours)
- CCJ 2002 Crime in America (3 hours)
- *ECO 3701 (CD) Contemporary International Economic (3 hours)
- EDF 2085 (CD) Introduction to Diversity for Educators (3 hours)
- EEX 3005 (CD) Introduction to Disabilities (3 hours)
- ENG 3613 (CD) Topics in Disability Studies (3 hours)
- *EUH 3580 (CD) Russian Thought & Culture (3 hours)
- FIL 2000 Film Appreciation (3 hours)
- *FIL 4848 (CD) World Cinema Across Cultures (3 hours)
- GEB 2956 (CD) Study Abroad in Business (1-9 hours)
- GEO 2420 (CD) Cultural Geography (3 hours)
- HSC 2100 Personal and Community Health (3 hours)
- *LAH 3300 (CD) Latin America (3 hours)
- LDR 3003 Introduction to Leadership (3 hours)
- MMC 2701 (CD) Communicating Across Cultures (3 hours)
- MUH 2012 Enjoyment of Music (3 hours)
- MUH 2017 The History and Appreciation of Rock (3 hours)
- MUH 2018 Evolution of Jazz (3 hours)
- **MUH 2501 (CD) World Music (3 hours)
- MUT 1011 Music Fundamentals (3 hours)
- MUT 1111 Theory I (3 hours)
- PHI 2100 (GW) Art of Reasoning (3 hours)
- PHI 2630 (GW) Ethical Issues (3 hours)
- PUP 2312 (CD) Race, Gender & Politics (3 hours)
- REL 2300 (CD) Comparative Religion (3 hours)
- *REL 3102 (CD) Religion as Culture (3 hours)
- *SOP 3742 (CD) Psychology of Women (3 hours)
- *SYD 3700 (CD) Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3 hours)
- *SYD 3800 (CD) Gender and Society (3 hours)
- SYG 2013 (CD) Sex, Race and Class (3 hours)
- WOH 1012 (GW) World History I (3 hours)
- WOH 1022 (GW) World History II (3 hours)
* Freshman and sophomore students should consult with their advisor or the instructor regarding whether 3000 and 4000 level courses are appropriate for them.
** MUH 2501 World Music is an approved diversity and difference (CD) course for Music and Music Education majors only.
Reasoning and Analyzing Quantitatively and/or Understanding the Scientific Method (4-6 hours)
Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving; understand mathematical, statistical, and computational concepts; apply mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving; critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, and model construction; understand fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world; and use the scientific method to explain the natural world.
Choose additional courses from the common core lists (group 4 or group 5) or from the additional courses listed below to reach 12 credits total for Mathematics and Sciences areas. One credit must be a lab component.
- MGF 1113 – (GM) Math for Teachers I (3 hours)
- MAC 1101 – (GM) Intensive College Algebra (4 hours)
- MAC 1101C – (GM) Intensive College Algebra with Recitation (4 hours)
- MAC 1105C – (GM) College Algebra with Recitation (3 hours)
- MAC 2233 – (GM) Calculus for Business (3 hours)
- MAC 2312 – (GM) Calculus II (4 hours)
- AST 2002L – Discovering Astronomy Lab (1 hour)
- BSC 1930 – Current Applications in Biology (2 hours)
- CHM 1025 – Introduction to Chemistry (2 hours)
- CHM 1025L – Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1 hour)
- CHM 2045L – General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 hour)
- HUN 1001 – Introduction to Nutrition Science (2 hours)
- HUN 2201 – Basic Principles of Human Nutrition (3 hours)
- IDC 2000 – The Beauty and Joy of Computing (3 hours)
- PHI 2101 –- Introduction to Logic (3 hours)
- PHY 1020L – Discovering Physics Laboratory: How things work (1 hour)
- PHY 1028 – Introduction to Physics (2 hours)
- PHY 1028L – Introduction to Physics Lab (1 hour)
- PHY 2464C – The Physics of Music (3 hours)
- PHY 2053L – Algebra-Based Physics I Lab (1 hour)
- PHY 2054 – Algebra-Based Physics II (3 hours)
- PHY 2054L – Algebra-Based Physics II Lab (1 hour)
Experiential or Integrative Learning (3 hours)
Students may choose an approved Experiential Learning or Integrative Learning course (such as a Study Abroad, Internship, or Community-Based Learning course), OR one additional course from the menu of options for Writing Effectively, Thinking Critically, and Reasoning and Analyzing Quantitatively and/or Understanding the Scientific Method.
Other Important Information
A minimum grade of C is required for all general education requirements.
An Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida public university or state/community college satisfies the general education requirements at UNF.
Transcripts of applicants who have not earned an A.A. degree from a Florida public university, state, or community college will be reviewed individually to determine whether sufficient work has been completed in the above General Education requirements. Students must satisfy the same general education requirements as a first-time in-college student. Refer to the general education requirements above for UNF courses that will satisfy General Education.
The State of Florida Foreign Language Requirement must be met before graduation from UNF.
The College-Level Communications and Computation Skills (Florida Gordon Rule) requirement must be met before graduation from UNF.
All teacher education majors must satisfy the General Knowledge (GK) test requirement before admission to the College of Education and Human Services.