General Education at the University of Mississippi is that body of curricular and co-curricular educational experiences that instills core competency, student learning skills. The purpose of General Education is to provide a broad foundation of liberal learning, a depth of knowledge to be lifelong learners, and skills essential to be informed and involved citizens.
Intended General Education Student Learning Competencies: Upon completing the core curriculum, along with certain courses within the program/major and co-curricular learning experiences, University of Mississippi baccalaureate-seeking students should demonstrate the following General Education competencies:
- Critical thinking,
- Ethical reasoning and responsibility,
- Mathematical reasoning,
- Oral communication, and
- Written communication.
Institutional Mission Reference: “The University of Mississippi provides an academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking;” … “offers enriching opportunities outside the classroom; supports lifelong learning; and develops a sense of global responsibility.”
The Core Curriculum: The following requirements are established by the university for all undergraduate degrees: https://catalog.olemiss.edu/academics/regulations/degree-requirements
Core Curriculum courses should enable students to:
- study the principal domains of knowledge and their methods of inquiry;
- integrate knowledge from diverse disciplines;
- analyze, synthesize, and evaluate complex and challenging material that stimulates intellectual curiosity, reflection, and capacity for lifelong learning;
- communicate qualitative, quantitative, and technological concepts by effective written, oral, numerical, and graphical means;
- work individually and collaboratively on projects that require the application of knowledge and skill;
- understand a variety of world cultures as well as the richness and complexity of American society; and
- realize that knowledge and ability carry with them a responsibility for their constructive and ethical use in society.
General Education Committee Charge: The General Education Committee is a standing university committee that holds the broad responsibility of leading the university in fulfilling its general education mission for all undergraduate degrees at the university. The committee makes recommendations to the Provost and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and appropriate academic units regarding the philosophy of general education, as well as policy, learning outcomes, curriculum, assessment, and continual improvement of general education. The committee will lead the campus in exploring, debating, and defining the values and the proper role of general education in fostering well-rounded educational experiences consistent with the function of a public research university.
Committee Membership: The committee is composed of faculty from across the university and key administrative stakeholders, with a representative depth of faculty from disciplines that deliver general education, as follows:
- General Education Committee Co-Chair, as appointed by the Provost.
- General Education Committee Co-Chair, as appointed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
- Four faculty representatives from the College of Liberal Arts representing the four discipline groupings: Fine & Performing Arts (Art & Art History, Music, Theatre Arts), Humanities (Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy & Religion, Writing & Rhetoric), Natural Science & Mathematics (Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy), and Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy Leadership, Sociology & Anthropology).
- One faculty representative from each school with undergraduate programs — Accountancy, Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Journalism & New Media, Pharmacy.
- General Education Subcommittee Chairs that represent the general education competencies — Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning, Oral Communications, and Written Communications.
- One student representative appointed by the Associated Student Body.
- Up to five ex-officio members appointed by the Provost to include the representation from the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, & Planning, the SACS-COC liaison, and others as appropriate.
Faculty representatives serve three-year terms, and the terms of others are determined by the Provost.