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Previous and New General Education Curriculum

Previous General Education Goals for all University Undergraduates
(This may be found in the 2010-2011 Archived Undergraduate Bulletin under “Academic Regulations”; note that individual colleges may have their own general education guidelines)
New Carolina Core Components and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Carolina Core students will be able to:



Students demonstrate an appreciation of literary, visual or performing arts and their cultural context, as well as express informed personal responses to artistic creations.

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding

Create or interpret literary, visual or performing arts.


Students perform basic mathematical manipulations, display facility with the use of mathematics in framing concepts for mathematical analysis, and interpret data intelligently.

Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving

Apply the methods of mathematics, statistics, or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems, and effectively communicate findings verbally and graphically.


Students communicate clearly in written English, demonstrating their ability to comprehend, analyze and interrogate critically.

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication

Identify and analyze issues, develop logical and persuasive arguments, and communicate ideas clearly for a variety of audiences and purposes through writing and speaking.


Students demonstrate an understanding of the processes of human behavior and social and cultural interaction, as well as the use of social and behavioral science perspectives to interpret them.


Students demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of culture over time and its relation to the present.


Students communicate orally and in writing in another language.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding

Use the principles of historical thinking to assess the relationships between modern societies and their historical roots.



Use the principles of the social sciences to explore diverse cultural identities and to analyze political and environmental issues.


Communicate effectively in more than one language.


Information Literacy

Collect, manage and evaluate information using technology, and communicate findings.


Students demonstrate an understanding of physical and/or life science phenomena and the use of scientific methods and theories.

Scientific Literacy

Apply the principles and language of the natural sciences and associated technologies to historical and contemporary issues.



Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

Examine different kinds of social and personal values, analyzing the ways in which these are manifested in communities as well as individual lives.

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