It is the intention of The University of Maine at Augusta that every degree graduate will be prepared to function in our society as an effective and informed citizen. To this end, the faculty has designed a set of minimum expectations that students are expected to satisfy. These aspirations are defined by core skills, competencies, and abilities as well as knowledge based learning experiences that are the grounds for the General Education Requirements.

Core Skills, Competencies, and Abilities:

Written Communications: Students are required to take ENG101, College Writing. A subsequent course that carries a “writing intensive” designation is also required. These requirements are indicative of UMA’s belief that the ability to write clearly and effectively is a powerful tool for learning, thinking, and reflecting.

Oral Communications: Student are required to take a communications course that covers related models and theories of communications, small group interpersonal work, preparation, delivery, and/or evaluation of oral presentations, and methods of dealing with apprehension and anxiety. As with the written word, the ability to effectively communicate verbally is a prerequisite for successfully dealing with nearly every human endeavor.

Quantitative Skills: This requirement stresses the foundations and structure of mathematics, utilizes appropriate technology, embraces the sue of logic to analyze and solve mathematical problems, and applies these skills to life.

General Education Requirements:

Scientific Inquiry: Scientific inquiry studies the natural world through systematic observation and analytic reasoning to construct models and theories. The principles learned in a laboratory science course enhance students’ understanding to the process of science and the impact of science on society.

Social Science: The interdependent development of the individual and society with respect to the factors which influence them are the focus of this requirement. Utilizing scientific inquiry, it stresses independent thinking, analysis, problem solving, and an understanding of social behavior.

Humanities: Humanities promote an understanding of ideas, events, or languages through which human beings and societies have evolved. The humanities at UMA involve the study of history, philosophy, and literature. These disciplines examine cultures with particular attention to heritage, traditions, and history.

Fine Arts: This field analyzes the history, theory, criticism, and appreciation of the arts (visual, musical, or dramatic) to understand how creative endeavors enrich the human spirit and lend themselves to an enlightened sense of self, heritage, and the world.

Baccalaureate Degree Core and General Education Requirements (37 credits)

A. Core Skills, Competencies, and Abilities (12 credits)

1. Written communication (6 credits) – ENG101 and 3 credits from ENG102W, ENG111w, or ENG117W
2. In addition to ENG101 each student must successfully complete one writing intensive course
3. Oral Communication (3 credits)
4. Mathematics (3 credits) – MAT100 or higher
B. General Education Requirements (25 credits)

1. Fine Arts and Humanities – 9 credits to includes: 3 credits fine arts and 3 credits humanities
2. Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences – 10 credits to include a natural science with a laboratory
3. Social Science – 6 credits

● All core and general education courses will address issues of diversity.

Associate Degree Core and General Education Requirements (25 credits)

A. Core Skills, Competencies, and Abilities (12 credits)

1. Written (3 credits) – ENG 101, College Writing
2. In addition to ENG101 each student must successfully complete one writing intensive course
3. Oral Communication (3 credits)
4. Mathematics (3 credits) – MAT100 or higher

B. General Education Requirements (13 credits)

1. Scientific Inquiry (4 credits)
2. Social Science (3 credits)
3. Humanities (3 credits)
4. Fine Arts (3 credits)*

● All core and general education courses will address issues of diversity.
* In certain professional degree programs, this requirement has been waived.