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These requirements apply to:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

UB's General Education program focuses on six broad areas that provide the essential skills, competencies and habits of mind that all undergraduate students need to thrive in a complex, ever-changing world. Those areas are:

  1. Quantitative and Qualitative Thinking
  2. Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning
  3. Communication
  4. Global and Intercultural Knowledge
  5. Humanistic and Aesthetic Thinking
  6. Personal and Professional Skills

See the list of courses that fulfill the General Education requirements. 

Learn more about General Education at UB.

Gen Ed courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, except those indicated *, which must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Additional Guidelines for All Students

While satisfying the requirements in the six general-education areas, all students must take Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*.

If you DON'T have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree:

Take at least one designated general-education course from each of these three areas:

  • Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • History or Philosophy

If you have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree:

and your major is in the College of Public Affairs or Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences:

Take three courses (9 credits) plus the capstone in the major. All other general-education requirements are satisfied by the associate degree.

  • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*
  • Composition and Research (WRIT 300)*
  • any additional 300-level general-education course

and your major is in the Merrick School of Business:

Take these two courses (6 credits) plus the capstone in the major. All other general-education requirements are satisfied by the associate degree.

  • Ethical Issues in Business and Society (IDIS 302)*
  • Composition and Research (WRIT 300)*

Students who hold an Associate of Applied Science degree will have their previous coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

 

 

Last Published 7/8/15