About General Education.

About the General Education Program and Its Goals

General Education at the University of Maryland serves to unite the intellectual and creative goals that we have for our students and define the University of Maryland education. The General Education program has the following goals for all students:

  • Develop the skills necessary to succeed in academic careers and in professional lives by establishing habits and understanding of clear writing, effective speaking and presentation, and critical and analytic reasoning.

  • Strengthen knowledge in major areas of study.

  • Broaden knowledge of civilizations past and present.

  • Establish the ability to thrive both intellectually and materially and to support themselves, their families, and their communities through a broad understanding of the world in which they live and work.

  • Define the ethical imperatives necessary to create a just society in their own communities and in the larger world.