How might our core undergraduate curriculum prepare students for leadership and global citizenship? How might we enable our students to enter society and their professions with an ability to make connections between their expertise and the experiences and knowledge of others? Can we also inspire a sense of moral, ethical, and socially responsibility?
Throughout a four-year collaborative and collegial process among UConn faculty, staff, and students, the Delta General Education Taskforce has redefined the undergraduate general education curriculum as the Core Curriculum for Leadership and Global Citizenship. An immersion in six Topics of Inquiry, an Integrative Experience component, and three competencies. Information, Digital, and Media Literacy and public discourse and dialogue are intentionally and systematically infused throughout the curriculum.
We welcome your feedback on this draft of our proposed general education curriculum. Please send feedback to email@example.com. We have scheduled online forums to elicit comments and questions about the program. Details and registration here: Online Forums for Faculty, Staff & Students
In any discipline, creativity is a process that bridges imaginative ideas with fundamental skills. Courses in this topic require higher-order thought processes that imagine new possibilities. Through the application of imaginative thought and activity, students will conceive and/or produce new forms of creative expression, ideas, mechanisms, and products.
Human cultures are fluid and interwoven sets of values, shared beliefs, customs and artistic expressions shaped by experience and history. Courses in this topic promote understanding of a culture through examination of its specific literary and artistic expressions, its achievements and struggles, and its evolving relationship to its past.
Courses in this area will explore human and cultural diversity as hallmarks of most contemporary societies. How such diversity is fostered and suppressed in democratic life, as well as the principles and practices for advancing social justice in diverse communities will be investigated. Through dialogic engagement, students will develop skills necessary to communicate and work across differences.
Informed citizenship and leadership call on an appreciation of how society is organized on multiple scales, from individual values and actions to social institutions and economic systems. Courses in this topic include studies of ethics, epistemology, psychology, social systems, and economics.
Knowledge production stems from an interplay of observation, data, hypotheses, or principles concerning the natural universe and social systems. Courses will generally prepare students to be scientifically informed and active participants in modern society by evaluating methodology and evidence.
The Delta General Education Taskforce presents here its draft of a proposed general education curriculum. Although we continue to revise it ourselves, we welcome your comments on this draft of the Topics of Inquiry, the Integrative Experience component, and other aspects of the curriculum. How might our core undergraduate curriculum prepare our students for leadership and global citizenship?
While we schedule online discussion forums to gather feedback, feel free to contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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**PLEASE NOTE: On October 5, 2021, the University Senate will vote on a new General Education curriculum at UConn. Want to learn more about the proposal? Sign up for an upcoming information forum here! WE NEED YOUR INPUT!**