General Education Requirements (Credit Hour)

The General Education requirements at University of Massachusetts Global provide both the broad, integrative knowledge and the intellectual foundation that enables students to expand their perspectives beyond the focus of a major. In addition, they impart comprehensive, cross-disciplinary skills that are relevant within the student's major as well as valuable to employers.

The General Education Requirements are comprised of 42 total units as follows:

University of Massachusetts Global General Education Requirements

Basic Skills
Writing Communication I:
ENGU 103Writing and Rhetoric *3
Written Communication II:
ENGU 104Writing About Literature *3
Quantitative reasoning 3
Oral communication 3
Basic Skills Subtotal12
Breadth Requirements
Select 9 credits from 3 different areas:9
Fine Arts
Foreign Languages
Liberal Studies
Religious Studies
Natural Sciences:
Select 6 credits6
Social Sciences:
Select 9 credits from three different areas:9
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Organizational Leadership
Political Science/Legal Studies
Social Science
Social Work
Breadth Requirements Subtotal24
Liberal Education Foundations
LBSU 302Information Fluency and Academic Integrity **3
LBSU 304Liberal Arts Core Foundations **3
Liberal Education Foundations Subtotal6
Total Credits42

Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program. Must be taken within the first two sessions if not satisfied in transfer, or within first two sessions after completing required remedial writing coursework.


Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program. These must be taken within first two sessions after matriculation if ENGU 103 Writing and Rhetoric and ENGU 104 Writing About Literature are satisfied, or within the first two sessions after those requirements are completed. They cannot be satisfied in transfer.

University of Massachusetts Global Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes identify the competencies students will demonstrate by the end of their degree program. Every baccalaureate degree program introduces these skills and provides students opportunities to practice and demonstrate mastery.

The Institutional Learning Outcomes are:

  • Applied Learning: Design a project, paper, performance, or other appropriate task linking knowledge skills from work, experiential learning, or community activities with knowledge acquired in academic disciplines.   
  • Innovation and Creativity: Construct a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product.
  • Civic Engagement: Describe insights gained from engaging physically and/or intellectually with activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
  • Global Cultures: Explain the relationship between a global issue and the history, values, politics, economy, communication styles, or beliefs and practices of one or more cultures affected by that issue.
  • Integrated Learning: Devise connections among experiences inside and outside the formal classroom, or connections among multiple fields of study.