General Education Requirements
The American Association of Colleges and Universities examined skills that employers look for in their employees. The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) general education curriculum strives to help you develop the skills you need to navigate the demands of the 21st century environment successfully and responsibly.
- the ability to think clearly about complex problems
- the ability to analyze a problem to develop workable and creative solutions
- an understanding of the global context in which work is done
- the ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings
- a strong sense of ethics and equality
Explore UNO's general education curriculum below:
Fundamental Academic Skills (15 credits)
Proficiency in reading, quantitative skills, and written/oral expression are essential for professional success and effective citizenship. The courses in fundamental academic skills are designed to provide the foundation for advanced academic study.
|ENGL 1150||English Composition I|
|ENGL 1160||English Composition II|
|Advanced Writing Course||Refer to your major's requirements|
|MATH 1310||Intermediate Algebra|
|SPCH 1110 or SPCH 2120||Fundamentals of Public Speaking or Argumentation & Debate|
Beyond the fundamental academic skills, courses within the distribution requirements provide students with the opportunity to: 1) understand, analyze, and explore the human condition; 2) understand the complex dynamics that make up the world particularly the challenges, problems and factors that lead to social stability and change as essential for contributing to and living in contemporary society; and 3) understand the nature of scientific inquiry and the operation of the natural, physical and technological world for making personal and public policy decisions.
|Social Science||Nine credits from at least two different disciplines|
|Natural/Physical Science||Eight credits from at least two different disciplines|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||Nine credits from at least two different disciplines|
A general education requires exposure to cultures and institutions around the world; as well as within one's own society, in order to promote intellectual flexibility, cultural understanding and informed citizenship. UNO seeks to foster cultural understanding to assist our students in becoming responsible citizens in a diverse world. Students must complete six credit hours of coursework with three credit hours in each of the following areas. Many of the courses within the distribution requirements can be used to satisfy this requirement.
|U.S Diversity||Three credits are required|
|Global Diversity||Three credits are required|
What grade is required for general education courses?
Students must earn a grade of C- or better for the course to count toward general education completion.
I am changing my major. Will I have to retake general education course work for my new major?
No. The general education curriculum is the same for all students regardless of their major.
Will transfer credits from another institution count toward my general education requirements?
Course equivalencies have been established with many institutions throughout the state and country. Your academic advisor can assist you in determining how your transfer credits will articulate with the UNO general education curriculum.
Why is my advisor requiring me to take more courses than what are listed in the distribution requirements?
College requirements can include some of the same courses that are on the approved list of general education coursework.
Can I find the general education courses through MavLINK?
Under "class search," click on "Additional Search Criteria." This will populate a list of search filters including "Course Attribute." This filter has a pull-down menu which will allow you to search by general education area.
Can I "test-out" of the general education requirements?
Students who score 23 or higher on the math portion of the ACT exam are considered to be proficient in MATH 1310. Placement exams are given for English composition courses. Test-out procedures for SPCH 1110 can be accessed by contacting the UNO School of Communication, which is located in Room 108 of the Arts and Sciences Hall. There are no test-out procedures for distribution requirements.
Can the dual enrollment courses and/or AP classes I took in high school be used to meet general education requirements?
In some instances, dual enrollment courses and qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams can result in credit toward general education requirements. Consult with your academic advisor to determine how/if these courses will be counted.