General Education

Fostering Active Learning

The General Education Program at UMass Lowell fosters active learning by asking students to think critically, communicate effectively and embrace cultural diversity. Courses within the program are designed to provide students with a foundation that prepares them for continued work within their major and minor fields, as well as endowing them with the intellectual habits that will enable them to become lifelong learners.

There are two major components to the General Education Program:

  • Breadth of Knowledge, which consists of: a year of college writing, a semester of mathematics courses, and three courses in each of three areas: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology.
  • General Education courses within a major, which are defined differently in each major field, but meet the University's diversity and ethics requirements.