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
Creativity: Design, Expression, Innovation
In any discipline, creativity is a process that turns novel ideas into reality. Courses in this topic require higher-order thought processes that imagine new possibilities. Through the application of innovative thought and activity, students will conceive and/or produce new forms of expression, ideas, mechanisms, and products.
Cultural Dimensions of Human Experiences
Human cultures are fluid and interwoven sets of values, shared beliefs, language, customs and artistic expressions shaped by experience and history. Courses in this topic promote understanding of cultures of groups of people - large or small - through examination of their specific literary and artistic expressions, their ways of thinking and behaving, their achievements and struggles, and their evolving relationships to their past.
Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
Courses in this area explore the ways in which societies perceive and manage cultural, social and biological diversity.
Courses consider how diverse human identities are fostered or suppressed in democratic life, as well as the principles and practices for advancing social justice within systems that privilege select groups over others. These courses examine the dynamics of power and privilege that produce inequalities on individual, structural, and cultural levels, and the role such forces play in shaping social and individual experiences.
Courses in this area will explore the ability to understand, and articulate perspectives on, the interactions between human society and the natural world, as well as the challenges of environmental stewardship.
Individual Values and Social Institutions
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.
Science and Empirical Inquiry
Knowledge production stems from an interplay of observation, data, hypotheses, and theory 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. Throughout the summer of 2021 we have continued to revise it based on feedback you gave us in Spring 2021; 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.
**PLEASE NOTE: On November 1, 2021, the University Senate will vote on a new General Education curriculum at UConn. We welcome your feedback**