Purpose of the General Education Program
The General Education Program at UIC is designed to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning. It will help prepare students for the world beyond the college experience, a world in which one needs to be able to:
- think independently.
- understand and critically evaluate information.
- analyze and evaluate arguments.
- develop and present cogent written and oral arguments.
- explore one’s own culture and history as well as those of others.
- understand, interpret, and evaluate the arts.
- think critically about how individuals influence and are influenced by political, economic, cultural, and family institutions.
The General Education Program at UIC (sometimes referred to as Gen Ed or GE) has two main components: a grouping of core courses that are clustered around six themes and sets of required proficiencies. The specific requirements vary from college to college. All colleges, however, require a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit with at least one course in each of the six categories of General Education and proficiency in writing (as demonstrated by successful completion of English 160 and 161 or by certain scores on placement or other tests).
Who follows the new General Education Program?
UIC has instituted a new General Education Program. The new program is effective for freshman matriculating at UIC in the Fall 2007 semester and for transfer students in the Fall 2009 semester. Transfer students who matriculate at UIC during the Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, and Spring 2009 semesters have the option of fulfilling the old General Education requirements or converting to the new program. As is always the case when program requirements are changed, continuing students who matriculated at UIC prior to Fall 2007 also have the option of fulfilling the old General Education requirements or converting to the new program.
What and where are the old General Education requirements?
The old General Education requirements included the following course distribution categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Cultural Diversity. Continuing students and transfer students who are completing degree programs that include these categories should consult the 2005–2007 Undergraduate Catalog for a summary of the old requirements and how to complete them within a particular degree program. The 2005–2007 catalog is available online in PDF format.
Note: Transfer students and continuing students following the old General Education requirements should consult their college and department sections of the 2005–2007 Undergraduate Catalog for complete information on fulfilling the requirements.