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General Education and Liberal Arts at Morris


“Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.” AAC&U

*See APAS for complete degree requirements.

Your UMM degree has two parts: the Major and the General Education Requirements (GER). This section will help you understand what the General Education Requirements are and which courses you may take to satisfy the requirements.

General Education Worksheets

General Education Courses Alphabetical by Category

Tips for Choosing Classes in First Year

  • Meet with your adviser during Orientation, before spring registration, for annual planning, and as needed.
  • Pay close attention to foreign language and math placement test scores and recommendations.
  • First-year students should take 1000-level courses.
  • Try to take a combination of courses that meet GERs, the major requirements; choose them from different academic areas.
  • Look for courses that you think you'll enjoy.
  • Consider the amount of reading each course requires.
  • Take introductory courses in majors you are considering.
  • Follow course prerequisites.
  • Most sequence courses, such as chemistry and languages, typically begin in the fall term.
  • Consider including a course for a change of pace- -dance, ceramics, fitness, jazz ensemble, etc.
  • All courses count toward graduation.
  • Consider your interests as well as what requirement is fulfilled by the courses you take.
  • If you are unable to register for a course you want, place your name on a wait list, so that you will be given the opportunity to register if an opening occurs.
  • Ask your adviser to make a note in your file of any special need.
  • Classes at UMM are challenging- you will have to study to get good grades.


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