The University of Arkansas’ general education program provides a rigorous liberal education developed and fostered across a student’s entire educational experience. The curriculum prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century by strengthening critical and ethical thinking skills, improving communication, and enhancing understanding of human and cultural diversity.

Furthermore, the general education program is designed to help students complement their major program of study with an understanding of artistic, humanistic, and scientific contexts for use throughout their lifetime as engaged global citizens.

Eleven learning outcomes reflect the six learning goals of the general education program.  For each learning outcome, a series of learning indicators detail specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in students.

Goals

Each undergraduate major leading to a degree requires coursework that together meet the state minimum requirements and the university’s general education requirements.

The general education requirements are divided into six thematic goals for students:

GOAL 1: Strengthen written, oral, and multimodal communication abilities.

The two learning outcomes associated with this goal are for students to be able to write clear, correct, and effective prose as well as to be able to communicate with a variety of audiences in writing and speaking.

GOAL 2: Build core skills of quantitative literacy.

The learning outcome under this goal is for students to have the ability and habit of mind to seek quantitative information and be able to apply it, using critical reasoning and analysis to solve algebraic problems and interpret results.

GOAL 3: Develop a working knowledge of how scholars and artists think and act in fundamental areas of study.

The four learning outcomes under this goal are for students to articulate and apply the following:

  • Concepts from the fine arts or performing arts
  • Aesthetic, humane, and ethical sensibilities of the humanities
  • Principles of human interactions of individuals, groups, and institutions
  • Through experiment and observation, the basic principles that govern natural phenomena

GOAL 4: Expand diversity awareness, intercultural competency, and global learning.

The two learning outcomes for this goal are for students to learn to interact appropriately within intercultural contexts and develop familiarity with concepts of diversity in the United States.

GOAL 5: Demonstrate critical thinking and ethical reasoning.

The learning outcome for this goal is for students to demonstrate essential principles of critical thinking and ethical reasoning and apply them to the evaluation and construction of rational and moral arguments.

GOAL 6: Gain the ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge developed throughout the undergraduate years.

The learning outcome for this goal is for students to be able to reflect upon and explain how they use the skills and abilities embodied in Goals 1 through 5 in completing an integrative project during their junior or senior year.

 Goal 1

Strengthen written, oral, and multimodal communication abilities.

The two learning outcomes associated with this goal are for students to be able to write clear, correct, and effective prose as well as to be able to communicate with a variety of audiences in writing and speaking.

Learning Outcome 1.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to write clear, correct, and effective prose, crafted to achieve a range of purposes and address a variety of audiences, incorporating and citing sources gathered from primary (observational) or secondary (bibliographic) research.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 1.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete these five indicators:

  • Focus primarily on how to generate written texts, receiving explicit instruction in how to analyze audiences and rhetorical situations, how to follow the examples of model texts, and how to revise.
  • Complete at least four substantial writing assignments and produce at least 5000 words of prose.
  • Incorporate specific feedback into their writing, in order to help them revise and edit for clarity, force, and correctness.
  • Critically analyze the effectiveness of written prose.
  • Incorporate and cite sources gathered from primary (observational) or secondary (bibliographic) research in their writing.

Courses: The following courses meet the general education requirements for Learning Outcome 1.1:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
ENGL 1013 or ENGL 1013H No English
ENGL 1023 or ENGL 1023H No English

Learning Outcome 1.2

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to communicate with a variety of audiences not only in writing but also by speaking and using a range of electronic and digital modes.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 1.2: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete these five indicators:

  • Engage primarily in learning how to generate written, spoken, or multi-media presentations, receiving explicit instruction in how to analyze audiences and rhetorical situations, how to follow the example of model presentations, and how to revise.
  • Complete at least 12 pages of prose collected in at least three assignments or at least three oral or multi-media presentations that last a total of at least 20 minutes or some combination of written, oral, or multi-media presentations that constitute a commensurate amount of student work.
  • Integrate effective content to be presented in a written, oral, or multi-media presentation that is appropriate to a specific context, audience, and purpose.
  • Incorporate specific feedback into written, oral, or multi-media presentations, revising and editing them for clarity, force, and correctness.
  • Incorporate and cite sources gathered from primary (observational) or secondary (bibliographic) research in written, oral, or multi-media presentations.

Courses: Any of the following courses will meet the general education requirements for Learning Outcome 1.2. Some majors may specify which course or courses to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
ACOM 3143 or ACOM 3143H No No
AGED 3133 No No
AGED 4003 5.1 No
CATE 4013 No No
CATE 406X 6.1 No
COMM 1313 5.1 No
ENGL 1033 or ENGL 1033H No English
INST 3303 No No
INST 3503 No No
INST 3603 No No
INST 4603 No No
NURS 4092 6.1 No
NURS 4112 No No
NURS 4701 6.1 No

Goal 2

Build core skills of quantitative literacy.

The learning outcome under this goal is for students to have the ability and habit of mind to seek quantitative information and be able to apply it, using critical reasoning and analysis to solve algebraic problems and interpret results.

Learning Outcome 2.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will have the ability and habit of mind to search out quantitative information, critique it, reflect upon it, and apply it in their public, personal, and professional lives; formulate decisions and problem solving based on critical reasoning and analysis; synthesize quantitative information from a variety of sources to solve problems and interpret results; perform and solve basic function operations, and solve algebraic problems using appropriate vocabulary.

Learning indicators for Learning Outcome 2.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete these five indicators:

  • Employ college-level algebraic concepts and tools
  • Apply these tools to other subject areas and real-life problems
  • Formulate and solve quantitative problems in mathematical terms, using appropriate tools and methods
  • Use mathematical computation involving integers, rational numbers, algebraic expressions, decimals, ratios, percentages, roots, and powers
  • Express quantitative and logical ideas with precision, using the language and notation of mathematics

Courses: Any of the follow courses will meet the general education requirements for Learning Outcome 2.1. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
MATH 1203 or any higher-level mathematics course for which MATH 1203 is a prerequisite to include STAT 2303 No Mathematics
MATH 1313 No Mathematics

Goal 3

Develop a working knowledge of how scholars and artists think and act in fundamental areas of study.

The four learning outcomes under this goal are for students to articulate and apply the following:

  • Concepts from the fine arts or performing arts
  • Aesthetic, humane, and ethical sensibilities of the humanities
  • Principles of human interactions of individuals, groups, and institutions
  • Through experiment and observation, the basic principles that govern natural phenomena

Learning Outcome 3.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to articulate and apply concepts from one of the fine or performing arts.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 3.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Synthesize the development over time of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and methods, creative practices and techniques of the visual and/or performing arts.
  • Develop an understanding of how historical, social, cultural, and personal forces shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn share the diverse cultures of past and present societies.
  • Respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work in the creative discipline being introduced to other aspects of human thought and endeavor.
  • Through written, oral, and/or graphic techniques of communication, analyze and interprets works of fine and performing arts using appropriate critical language, and identifying the visual, sensory, environmental, and psychological characteristics that they observe.
  • Understand and use materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 3.1. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
ARCH 1003 4.1 Fine Arts
ARHS 1003 No Fine Arts
COMM 1003 4.2 Fine Arts
DANC 1003 3.2 Fine Arts or Humanities
LARC 1003 4.1 Fine Arts
MLIT 1003 or MLIT 1003H No Fine Arts
MLIT 1013 or MLIT 1013H No Fine Arts
MLIT 1333 4.2 Fine Arts
PHIL 4403 No No
THTR 1003 3.2 Fine Arts or Humanities
THTR 1013 or THTR 1013H 3.2 Fine Arts or Humanities

Learning Outcome 3.2

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to articulate a minimum of three vital concepts of aesthetic, humane, and ethical sensibilities embodied in the humanities.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 3.2: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five Indicators:

  • Identify fundamental concepts, structures, themes, and principles of the discipline being introduced
  • Analyze texts and other created artifacts using theories and methods of the discipline
  • Produce a reasonable short essay about the material introduced in the course
  • Interpret texts and other created artifacts within multiple historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts
  • Draw connections among cultural achievements of various groups of people of different ethnicities, religious backgrounds, racial origins, and sexual identities

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 3.2. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AAST 2023 4.2 Humanities
ANTH 1033 4.1 Humanities
ANTH 4013 3.3, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1 No
ARCH 1013 4.2 Humanities
CLST 1003 or CLST 1003H 4.1 and 5.1 Humanities
CLST 1013 4.1 and 5.1 Humanities
COMM 1233 4.2 Humanities
DANC 1003 3.1 Fine Arts or Humanities
ENGL 1213 No Humanities
ENGL 2023 No Fine Arts
GNST 2003 4.2 Humanities
HIST 1113 or HIST 1113H 3.3 and 4.1 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 1123 or HIST 1123H 3.3 and 4.1 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 2003 3.3 and 4.2 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HIST 2013 3.3 and 4.2 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HUMN 1124H 4.1 and 5.1 Humanities
HUMN 2213 4.1 Humanities
LALS 2013 4.1 and 4.2 Humanities
MRST 2013 No Humanities
MUSY 2003 or MUSY 2003H 4.1 Humanities
PHIL 2003, PHIL 2003C or PHIL 2003H 5.1 Humanities
PHIL 2103 or PHIL 2103C 5.1 Humanities
PHIL 2303 No Humanities
THTR 1003 3.1 Fine Arts or Humanities
THTR 1013 or THTR 1013H 3.1 Fine Arts or Humanities
WLIT 1113 4.1 Humanities
WLIT 1123 4.1 Humanities
Intermediate-level world language (usually 2003-level) No Humanities

Learning Outcome 3.3

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to articulate and use the basic principles of human interactions — of individuals, groups, and institutions — in a variety of contexts.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 3.3: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Articulate the key concepts, principles, and overarching themes to a social science discipline.
  • Apply social scientific reasoning and techniques.
  • Analyze theories, data, and methods of a social science discipline to explain individual, group, and institutional interactions.
  • Apply critical thinking and use scientific reasoning to evaluate claims about the social world. 
  • Integrate and use evidence-based theories to explain various types of human interaction through written and oral communication.

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 3.3. Some majors may specify which courses to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AGEC 1103 No Social Sciences
AGEC 2103 No Social Sciences
AGLE 3153 No No
ANTH 1023 4.1 Social Sciences
ANTH 4013 3.2, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1 No
COMM 1023 4.1 Social Sciences
ECON 2013 No Social Sciences
ECON 2023 No Social Sciences
ECON 2143 No Social Sciences
EDST 2003 No Social Sciences
HDFS 1403 4.1, 4.2 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HDFS 2413 4.1 and 4.2 Social Sciences
HDFS 2603 4.2 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HIST 1113 or HIST 1113H 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 1123 or HIST 1123H 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 2003 3.2 and 4.2 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HIST 2013 3.2 and 4.2 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HIST 2093 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HUMN 1114H 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HUMN 2114H 4.1 and 5.1 Fine Arts or Social Sciences
INST 2013 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
INST 2813 or INST 2813H 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
PLSC 2003 4.2 Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
PLSC 2013 4.1 and 4.2 Social Science
PLSC 2203 No Social Sciences
PLSC 2813 or PLSC 2813H 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
PSYC 2003 No Social Sciences
RESM 2853 4.1 Social Sciences
SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H 4.1 and 4.2 Social Sciences
SOCI 2033 4.1 and 4.2 Social Sciences

Learning Outcome 3.4

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to articulate and use, through experiment and observation, the basic principles that govern natural phenomena.

Learning Indicators for Outcome 3.4: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Identify the fundamental concept(s) unifying a scientific discipline
  • Apply the principles of scientific theory and technique
  • Evaluate the credibility and use of scientific information
  • Make evidence-based arguments to support conclusions
  • Integrate and organize information, concepts, and applications relevant in more than one scientific discipline

Courses: The following courses with corequisite laboratories are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 3.4. Some majors may specify which courses to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
ANTH 1013/ANTH 1011L 4.2 Science
ASTR 2003/ASTR 2001L No Science
BIOL 1524 No Science
BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L No Science
BIOL 1584 No Science
BIOL 1603/BIOL 1601L No Science
BIOL 1613/BIOL 1611L No Science
BIOL 2213/BIOL 2211L No Science
BIOL 2443/BIOL 2441L No Science
CHEM 1053/CHEM 1051L No Science
CHEM 1073/CHEM 1071L No Science
CHEM 1103/CHEM 1101L No Science
CHEM 1123/CHEM 1121L No Science
CHEM 1223/CHEM 1221L No Science
ENSC 1003/ENSC 1001L 5.1 Science
ENTO 1023/ENTO 1021L No Science
GEOS 1113/GEOS 1111L No Science
GEOS 1133/GEOS 1131L No Science
PHYS 1023/PHYS 1021L No Science
PHYS 1034 No Science
PHYS 1044 No Science
PHYS 1054 No Science
PHYS 2013/PHYS 2011L No Science
PHYS 2033/PHYS 2031L No Science
PHYS 2054 or PHYS 2054H No Science
PHYS 2074 or PHYS 2074H No Science

Goal 4

Expand diversity awareness, intercultural competency, and global learning.

The two learning outcomes for this goal are for students to learn to interact appropriately within intercultural contexts and develop familiarity with concepts of diversity in the United States.

Learning Outcome 4.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will have developed knowledge and abilities to interact appropriately within intercultural contexts and engaging with complex global systems and issues.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 4.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Examine and interpret an intercultural experience from both one’s own and another’s worldview.
  • Articulate the essential tenets of a cultural worldview other than one’s own through an analysis of its components, including but not limited to history, values, communication styles, politics, economy, and beliefs and practices.
  • Identify and participate in cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Identify and analyze significant global challenges and opportunities in the human and natural world.
  • Identify and analyze the historical and/or contemporary interrelationships among multiple global cultures.

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 4.1. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AGEC 2303 No No
AMPD 1013 No No
ANTH 1023 3.3 Social Sciences
ANTH 1033 3.2 Humanities
ANTH 4013 3.2, 3.3, 5.1 and 6.1 No
ARCH 1003 3.1 Fine Arts
CLST 1003 3.2 and 5.1 Humanities
CLST 1013 3.2 and 5.1 Humanities
COMM 1023 3.3 Social Sciences
GEOS 2003 or GEOS 2003H No Social Sciences
GERM 2003 No Humanities
HDFS 1403 3.3, 4.2 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HDFS 2413 3.3 and 4.2 Social Sciences
HDFS 2493 4.2 No
HIST 1113 or HIST 1113H 3.2 and 3.3 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 1123 or HIST 1123H 3.2 and 3.3 Humanities or Social Sciences
HIST 2093 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HORT 1103 4.2 No
HRWD 4133 No No
HUMN 1114H 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HUMN 1124H 3.2 and 5.1 Humanities
HUMN 2114H 3.3 and 5.1 Fine Arts or Social Sciences
HUMN 2213 3.2 Humanities
INST 2013 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
INST 2813 or INST 2813H 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
LALS 2013 3.2 and 4.2 Humanities
LARC 1003 3.1 Fine Arts
MUSY 2003 or MUSY 2003H 3.2 Humanities
NURS 4023 No No
PHIL 3113 No No
PHIL 4093 4.2 No
PHIL 4113 4.2 No
PLSC 2013 3.3 and 4.2 Social Sciences
PLSC 2813 or PLSC 2813H 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
RESM 2853 3.3 Social Sciences
SCWK 3193 4.2 No
SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H 3.3 and 4.2 Social Sciences
SOCI 2033 3.3 and 4.2 Social Sciences
WLIT 1113 3.2 Humanities
WLIT 1123 3.2 Humanities
Intermediate-level world language (usually 2003-level) 3.2 Humanities

Learning Outcome 4.2

Upon reaching this goal, students will have developed familiarity with concepts of diversity in the United States.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 4.2: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Identify and describe examples of historical and present day issues related to diversity and inclusion in the United States.
  • Explain the historical and/or contemporary construction of difference  through analysis of power structures, privilege, and explicit or implicit prejudice, and their roles in fostering discrimination and inequalities in the United States, whether cultural, legal, political, or social.
  • Describe the advantages of inclusion by identifying and analyzing notions of inclusivity and pathways for cultivating inclusion at all levels of society, whether cultural, legal, political, or social.
  • Analyze the historical and/or contemporary development of group agency and assess its role in addressing discrimination and inequalities in the United States.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and change management skills for achieving social equity.

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 4.2. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AAST 2023 3.2 Humanities
AMPD 4053 No
ANTH 1013/ANTH 1011L 3.4 Science
ARCH 1013 3.2 Humanities
CATE 3103 4.1 and 5.1 No
COMM 1003 3.1 Fine Arts
COMM 1233 3.2 Humanities
GEOS 1123 No Social Sciences
GNST 2003 3.2 Humanities
HDFS 1403 3.3, 4.1 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HDFS 2413 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
HDFS 2493 4.1 No
HDFS 2603 3.3 and 5.1 Social Sciences
HIST 2003 3.2 and 3.3 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HIST 2013 3.2 and 3.3 Humanities, Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
HORT 1103 4.1 No
HRWD 4213 No No
LALS 2013 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities
MLIT 1333 3.1 Fine Arts
PHIL 4093 4.1 No
PHIL 4113 4.1 No
PLSC 2003 3.3 Social Sciences or U.S. History/Government
PLSC 2013 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
SCWK 3193 4.1 No
SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
SOCI 2033 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
SOCI 3193 No No

Goal 5

Demonstrate critical thinking and ethical reasoning.

Learning Outcome 5.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to demonstrate essential principles of critical thinking and ethical reasoning and apply them to the evaluation and construction of rational and moral arguments.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 5.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will complete at least three of these five indicators:

  • Identify and describe key concepts and principles related to critical thinking.
  • Explain and contrast competing ethical theories, each of which articulates at least one principle for ethical decision-making
  • Use recognized principles of critical thinking or ethical reasoning to analyze, evaluate, and respond to rational and moral argumentation presented orally and/or in writing.
  • Describe key fallacies and identify them in context.
  • Demonstrate the use of recognized principles of critical thinking or ethical reasoning to construct complex rational and moral arguments orally and/or in writing.

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 5.1. Some majors may specify which course to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AGED 4003 1.2 No
AMPD 4093 No No
ANTH 4013 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 and 6.1 No
CATE 3103 4.1 and 4.2 No
CLST 1003 or CLST 1003H 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities
CLST 1013 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities
COMM 1313 1.2 No
ENSC 1003/ENSC 1001L 3.4 Science
HDFS 1403 3.3, 4.1 and 4.2 Social Sciences
HDFS 2603 3.3 and 4.2 Social Sciences
HIST 2093 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
HUMN 1114H 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
HUMN 1124H 3.2 and 4.1 Humanities
HUMN 2114H 3.3 and 4.1 Fine Arts or Social Sciences
INST 2013 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
INST 2813 or INST 2813H 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences
PHIL 1003 No No
PHIL 2003, PHIL 2003C or PHIL 2003H 3.2 Humanities
PHIL 2103 or PHIL 2103C 3.2 Humanities
PHIL 2203 No Humanities
PHIL 3103 No Humanities
PHIL 4253 No No
PLSC 2813 or PLSC 2813H 3.3 and 4.1 Social Sciences

Goal 6

Gain the ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge developed throughout the undergraduate years.

Learning Outcome 6.1

Upon reaching this goal, students will be able to reflect upon and explain how they use the skills and abilities embodied in Goals 1 through 5 in completing an integrative project in their major during their junior or senior year.

Learning Indicators for Learning Outcome 6.1: To successfully achieve this outcome, students will:

  1. Produce a significant written paper, as defined by his or her major, or an equivalent project incorporating performance and/or multi-modal text and/or images
  2. Explain in an additional document of at least 1,250 words the degree to which the completed assignment involves at least three of the following sets of skills and abilities:
    • Written, oral, and/or multimodal communication abilities
    • Quantitative literacy
    • Characteristics of inquiry and action in the major and in one of the Learning Outcomes under Goal 3 besides the disciplinary area of the major
    • Diversity awareness and/or intercultural competency
    • Critical thinking and/or ethical reasoning

Courses: The following courses are available to satisfy Learning Outcome 6.1. Each major program may specify which course or courses to take:

Course Additional Outcomes State Minimum Core
AGEC 401V No No
AGEC 4041 No No
AMPD 4023 NO No
AMPD 4063 No No
ANSC 4993 No No
ANTH 4013 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 and 5.1 No
CATE 406X 1.2 No
CSES 3023 No No
CSES 462V No No
FDSC 4713 No No
HDFS 4373 No No
HORT 472V No No
HOSP 4663 No No
HRWD 4333 No No
JOUR 4981 No No
NURS 4092 1.2 No
NURS 4701 1.2 No
NURS 4712 No No
NUTR 4001 No No