General Education

At the University of Delaware, General Education sets students along the path of possessing a complete set of characteristics of one who is both broadly and deeply educated. We seek to prepare students who are:

  • Engaged citizens, involved in the world around them, and who understand the major challenges and debates of the day;
  • Aware of their intellectual strengths and interests and of their ethical values and commitments;
  • Capable of interpreting the arts and culture of contemporary and past societies; and,
  • Equipped with the essential skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly evolving world including the ability to be a lifelong learner, creator, and innovator.

In order to meet these goals, major requirements and general education requirements are combined to meet five objectives. We seek to prepare students who are able to:

  1. Read critically, analyze arguments and information, and engage in constructive ideation.
  2. Communicate effectively in writing, orally, and through creative expression.
  3. Work collaboratively and independently within and across a variety of cultural contexts and a spectrum of differences.
  4. Critically evaluate the ethical implications of what they say and do.
  5. Reason quantitatively, computationally, and scientifically.

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