General Education Requirements

The purpose of General Education (Gen Ed) is to ensure that all University of Connecticut undergraduate students become articulate and acquire intellectual breadth and versatility, critical judgment, moral sensitivity, awareness of their era and society, consciousness of the diversity of human culture and experience, and a working  understanding of the processes by which they can continue to acquire and use knowledge. It is vital to the accomplishment of the University’s mission that a balance between professional and general education be established and maintained in which each is complementary to and compatible with the other.

Courses proposed for meeting general education requirements must be approved by the General Education Oversight Committee.

Schools and colleges are permitted to impose general education requirements that are additional to the University General Education requirements.

General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC)

The General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC) is a subcommittee of the University Senate Courses and Curricula Committee.

GEOC is charged with:

  • setting the criteria for approving all courses proposals for the Content and Competency Areas;
  • setting the criteria for entrance and exit requirements for the Competency Areas;
  • developing policy regarding the delivery of the University-wide General Education program;
  • reviewing and approving courses proposed for inclusion in the General Education Requirements;
  • determining the resources necessary to deliver the General Education Curriculum;
  • monitoring periodically courses that satisfy General Education Requirements to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria adopted by the Senate; and
  • reviewing the University-wide General Education program to ensure that its goals are being met and recommending changes to the Senate Curricula and Course Committee when appropriate.

LINK: General Education Oversight Committee

LINK: General Education Guidelines

LINK: Guidelines for Submitting Course Proposals