General Education Requirements

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About Liberal Education

Liberal education requirements (often called "general education" or "generals") are a vital component of your UMD degree. In addition to your major courses, you will also study a range of subjects. Woven through every major, your liberal education courses will help you develop skills that will be universally important in your future career.


At UMD, you will choose courses that satisfy the following requirements:

Skill area Course Categories Total Credits
Language and Reasoning
  • Writing and Information Literacy - WRIT 1120 (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication and Languages (3 credits)
  • Logic and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (6 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities (6 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
Key Topics
  • Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Cultural Diversity in the US (3 credits)
  • Sustainability (3 credits)

Prepared, Informed, Committed

Liberal education requirements are designed to help you to become a a prepared, informed, and committed individual.


  • To identify, analyze and solve problems, demonstrating critical and analytical thinking competency within and across various fields of knowledge
  • To think creatively, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, imagination and flexibility
  • To communicate effectively through writing and speaking
  • To work productively independently and through collaboration
  • To access, evaluate, and make use of information gathered through multiple methodologies


  • About the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture and society
  • About the past and its relevance to the present and the future
  • About controversies and unanswered questions in multiple domains of knowledge


  • To life-long learning
  • To civic engagement and social responsibility
  • To knowledge and competence across cultures
  • To considering ethical implications of ideas and actions
  • To understanding contemporary global issues