Around the world, general education programs are shifting from courses that introduce students to specific disciplines to courses that emphasize fundamental intellectual competencies. The UNF General Education program provides students with opportunities to acquire and reinforce key intellectual competencies that are the foundations of the 21st-century skills necessary for success beyond college: writing effectively, thinking critically and analyzing and reasoning quantitatively and understanding how to use the scientific method. These 21st-Century Skills are essential for success in the pursuit of the more advanced learning offered in the major and the still more specialized study at the graduate level. On virtually every survey of what employers seek in job applicants, the top-listed abilities include writing and communicating well; obtaining, analyzing, critically evaluating, and processing information; analyzing quantitative data; and solving problems. (See, for example, what the American Psychological Association has to say.)
These 21st-century competencies equip students for success in an increasingly networked world that relies on the ability to communicate expertly combined with highly developed skills in analyzing complex problems, scrutinizing their implications, and arriving at smart solutions.
The General Education Program at UNF requires 36 credit hours: 9 in Communication; 12 in Critical Thinking about the Social Sciences and Humanities; 12 in Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis and the Scientific Method (including a 1 credit hour lab component); and 3 credit hours in Cross-Cultural Awareness, Experiential Learning, or Integrative Learning. This curriculum includes the 15 hours required by the State of Florida, as well as providing multiple opportunities to develop and refine the competencies central to the curriculum.
Current Program Requirements
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