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General Education Core

General Education Core: From Great Beginnings to Graduation and Beyond

The General Education Core

The General Education Core has a firm foundation in UC’s Academic Plan, to reaffirm liberal education as the core to preparing students as life-long learners.  Our General Education course requirements are purposefully designed to strengthen four important learning outcomes or competencies throughout the student’s progress toward their degree.

Undergraduate Core Competencies

Undergraduate courses at the University of Cincinnati promote development of four Baccalaureate Competencies.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and ideas from multiple perspectives

Effective Communication

Effective Communication

Competence in oral, visual, and written language; use of resources and technology for communication

Knowledge Integration

Knowledge Integration

Fusion of information and concepts from multiple disciplines

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Application of knowledge and skills gained from the undergraduate experience for the advancement of a diverse society

Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Information Literacy is an essential skill that supports each of the competencies and must permeate every component of the General Education Core.  Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information.  It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their learning. (Information Literacy Rubric)

General Education at the University of Cincinnati:

  • emphasizes critical thinking
  • develops effective verbal, written, oral, and visual communication
  • includes familiarity with multiple areas of traditional knowledge
  • supports intellectual excellence and openness
  • integrates study among disciplines
  • encourages commitment to personal social accountability and responsibility
  • promotes awareness of the world at large
  • fosters information literacy
  • values lifelong learning
  • encourage contextual linkages