OFFICE OF EXTENDED STUDIES (Summer Term, Winter Term, Freshmen Connection, Freshmen First, Pre-College Programs, Professional Programs, Continuing Education Programs)
Appendix D: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY AND PROCEDURES ON THE DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS III-6.30(A)
Appendix J: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS GRADING--UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS III-1.20(B)
Appendix M: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY ON THE COLLECTION, USE AND PROTECTION OF ID NUMBERS VI-26.00(A)
Appendix O: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY ON PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE ACTION IN MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT V-1.00(J)
General Education Program and Requirements
General Education Program and Requirements
New freshmen for fall 2012 and after will follow the General Education@UMD Program: www.gened.umd.edu . Students enrolled at the university prior to fall 2012 will be under the CORE Program: www.ugst.umd.edu/core . Transfer and other students should check the General Education Program: Effective Dates information below.
General Education Program: Effective Dates
Students matriculating* to the University of Maryland (including freshmen and students transferring from private institutions and from non-Maryland public institutions) beginning in fall 2012 will be subject to the University’s General Education Program requirements www.gened.umd.edu , except as provided below:
1. The University of Maryland, College Park requires students to complete a minimum of 40 credits of general education. Students transferring to the University who have completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be considered to have completed their general education requirements with the exception of an upper-level writing course and any additional credits necessary to complete the minimum number of general education credits.
2. Students transferring to the University from another Maryland public institution of higher education who have not completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be treated as follows:
a. Students who matriculate to college beginning in fall 2012 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education Program requirements upon transfer to the University of Maryland.
b. Students who matriculate to college prior to fall 2012 but transfer to the University of Maryland prior to fall 2016 will be subject to the CORE general education requirements ( www.ugst.umd.edu/core ).
c. Students who transfer to the University of Maryland beginning in fall 2016 and thereafter will be subject to the General Education Program requirements, regardless of the date of their matriculation at another Maryland public institution of higher education following award of the high school diploma.
3. Students returning or transferring to College Park after a separation from college of five or more continuous years must follow the requirements in effect at the time of reentry. Students who matriculate to the University with a bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have satisfied the University’s general education requirements, regardless of when the degree was received.
*For purposes of this transfer policy, matriculation means to be admitted to college and enrolled in classes following award of the high school diploma.
General Education at the University of Maryland
Through the General Education program you will discover that education at the University of Maryland is an experience that reaches from the campus classroom and lab to across the globe. As a student you will engage with that larger universe by acquiring new skills and understandings. General Education exposes you to different disciplines, improves your fundamental academic skills, and strengthens your commitment to using knowledge and abilities to better yourself and others.
The General Education program will assist you in preparing for a new "multiverse" of learning, and for the demanding and constantly changing world beyond graduation. It provides necessary skills and basic knowledge, complements and expands the university's course offerings, and connects you more fully to the intellectual community of the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, the nation, and the world beyond.
General Education program goals for all students:
IMPORTANT NOTES: General Education courses:
Elements of the GENERAL EDUCATION@UMD PROGRAM
Master the skills. (5 courses, 15 credits)
Mathematics: The goal of the Mathematics requirement is to convey the power of mathematics, demonstrated by the variety of problems that can be modeled and solved by quantitative means. Ability in mathematics is a critical measure of how well students are prepared to meet the challenges they will face in their lives beyond school. Must be attempted by 30 credits and successfully completed by 60 credits.*
Analytic Reasoning: Courses in Analytic Reasoning foster a student's ability to use mathematical or formal methods or structured protocols and patterns of reasoning to examine problems or issues by evaluating evidence, examining proofs, analyzing relationships between variables, developing arguments, and drawing conclusions appropriately.
If a student passes an Analytical Reasoning course that requires Fundamental Studies Math as a prerequisite, the Math requirement has also been fulfilled.
Academic Writing: The Fundamental Studies Academic Writing requirement prepares students with a foundational understanding of the writing skills needed for success in further studies at Maryland and beyond. Must be attempted by 30 credits and successfully completed by 60 credits.*
Professional Writing: The Fundamental Studies Professional Writing requirement strengthens writing skills and prepares students for the range of writing expected of them after graduation.
Oral Communication: Human relationships, from the most formal to the most personal, rest in large measure on skilled listening and effective speaking. Skillful listening and speaking support success in personal relationships, educational undertakings, professional advancement, and civic engagement.
* No exemption is allowed for SAT scores. Scores on AP and IB exams may provide exemption. Refer to the 2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog for exemption information: www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm
Experience a variety of disciplines. (8 courses, 25 credits)
The Program has three additional categories that may be taken on their own or, through double-counting, may be rolled up into the Distributive Studies categories. Two of these comprise the Diversity requirement: Understanding Plural Societies and Cultural Competence. The third is the I-Series program which offers students two courses that deal with major issues. With double-counting, students will have a minimum of 40 credits in General Education.
Natural Sciences courses introduce the concepts and methods of studying the natural world. Courses include the traditional physical and life sciences, environmental science, animal and avian science, and plant science, among others. One of the two courses selected must include a substantial, rigorous laboratory experience.
History and Social Science courses introduce students to history and to the social science disciplines, with their combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. They include courses in criminology, economics, history, psychology, sociology, and other social sciences.
Humanities courses study the history and the genres of human creativity. They include courses in literatures in any language, art and art history, classics, and music and music history, as well as in the disciplines of linguistics and philosophy, among others.
Scholarship in Practice courses engage students in applying a body of knowledge to create professional products or works of art. Architecture, business, education, engineering, and journalism offer courses that lead to products such as architectural designs, new technologies, innovative publications, new computer software, business plans, advertising campaigns, educational curricula, and bioengineering. Creative and artistic performance courses lead students to produce writing portfolios, plays, operas, dance productions, art exhibits, and creative media. Scholarship in Practice also includes courses that combine competency in speaking, writing, and translation in a foreign language. One of the two Scholarship in Practice courses selected must be outside the student’s major requirements.
To fulfill the Distributive Studies requirement:
Explore human, social, and cultural differences. (2 courses, 4-6 credits that normally double-count with Distributive Studies)
To fulfill the Diversity requirement:
Courses fulfilling the Diversity requirement may double-count in an approved Distributive Studies category.
Students will not be able to fulfill Understanding Plural Societies and/or Cultural Competence by a study abroad experience unless the study abroad course carries that specific designation.
CORE Program Requirements
IMPORTANT: See “General Education Program: Effective Dates” above to determine whether you are under the CORE Program Requirements or the General Education Program Requirements.
CORE Program Elements
1. Fundamental Studies build competence and confidence in basic writing and mathematics. Mastery of these basics enhances success both during and after college. Students begin fulfilling Fundamental Studies requirements in their first year at the University. www.ugst.umd.edu/core/elements/FundaSt.html
2. Distributive Studies focus on breadth, including courses in the following categories: Literature; The History or Theory of the Arts; Humanities; Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics and Formal Reasoning; Social or Political History; Behavioral and Social Sciences; and Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues. Students generally pursue Distributive Studies in the first two years of their course work. www.ugst.umd.edu/core/elements/DistrSt.html
3. Advanced Studies allow students to enhance their degree and strengthen their critical thinking and writing skills by taking two upper-level courses outside their major after 60 credits. Students may substitute an approved CORE Capstone course in their major or a senior or honors thesis for one of these two courses. www.ugst.umd.edu/core/elements/AdvanSt.html
4. Human Cultural Diversity gives students the opportunity to examine their ideas and values in the light of various cultural, intellectual, and social contexts. Diversity courses increase knowledge of what constitutes difference and increase students' ability to learn from and appreciate people, cultures, ideas, and art forms that are often different from those they know best. Students may complete the Cultural Diversity requirement at any time before graduation. www.ugst.umd.edu/core/elements/Diversity.html
IMPORTANT NOTES: Fundamental and Distributive Studies courses:
I. CORE Fundamental Studies
Exemptions from Academic Writing requirement (CORE Program Only):
2. One course in Mathematics (Must be attempted within the first 30 credits; must be passed within the first 60 credits.) See www.ugst.umd.edu/core/courses/Fundamental/FundaSt-math.html
Approved CORE Fundamental Studies Mathematics Courses:
Exemptions from Mathematics requirement (CORE Program Only):
Note: If you are placed in the Developmental Math Program by the Mathematics Placement Exam, you may be offered the opportunity to combine your Developmental course with the appropriate subsequent course of MATH110, 111, 113, or 115 and thus finish both in one semester. For further information, please see the Developmental Math Program web site: www.math.umd.edu/undergraduate/courses/fsm.html
3. One course in Professional Writing (taken after 60 credits). www.ugst.umd.edu/core/courses/Fundamental/Funda-St-professional.html
Approved CORE Professional Writing Courses:
ENGL390 Science Writing
Suffixed versions of the above course numbers also fulfill the CORE Professional Writing requirement.
Exemption from Professional Writing Requirement (CORE Program Only):
Note: No exemption from the Professional Writing requirement will be granted for achievement on SAT verbal exam. Professional Writing courses cannot be used to fulfill Advanced Studies requirements.
II. CORE Distributive Studies
1. Humanities and the Arts-three courses required
Note: There is no specific CORE requirement for a Humanities (HO) course.
Notes: At least one science course MUST include or be accompanied by a lab taken in the same semester (LL or PL only). More than one lab course may be taken. Courses must be taken from at least two of the three categories. There is no specific CORE requirement for a Mathematics and Formal Reasoning (MS) course. At least two life and/or physical science courses must be taken (PL, PS, LL, and LS). The third Sciences and Mathematics course may be another science selection or may be chosen from Mathematics and Formal Reasoning (MS) courses.
3. Social Sciences and History-three courses required:
4. Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (CORE CODE: IE)
OPTIONAL CORE DISTRIBUTIVE STUDIES CATEGORY EFFECTIVE BEGINNING FALL 2005
Details at: www.ugst.umd.edu/core/elements/DistrSt.html#IE
III. CORE Advanced Studies
One independent studies course (minimum of three credits, outside the major) may be used toward Advanced Studies requirements as long as it is consistent with the rules above and the faculty member supervising the independent study agrees that it is appropriate for Advanced Studies.
IV. CORE Human Cultural Diversity
Cultural Diversity courses focus primarily on: (a) the history, status, treatment, or accomplishment of women or minority groups and subcultures; (b) non-Western culture, or (c) concepts and implications of diversity.