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General Education & Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

For students entering after fall 2015

The UMass Lowell Core Curriculum has a two-part framework of requirements:

  • Breadth of Knowledge
  • Essential Learning Outcomes

General Education

For students entering before fall 2015

There are two major components to the General Education program: 

  • Breadth of Knowledge
  • Gen Ed. courses within a major

You can find a list of the courses that can satisfy a general education requirement on the General Education website.

An Honors General Education Course is a dedicated Honors Course that also satisfies a university general education requirement. These are enriched, seminar-like, discussion based courses that strengthen critical thinking and communication.

They will typically have an enrollment between 10-19 students and they will have a 3xx section number (301, 302, 303, etc.).

Each semester, a variety of honors general education courses are offered and they can be used to satisfy an H3 and/or H4 Honors Course Requirement

However, courses which satisfy the H3 and the H4 requirements must be from two separate academic departments.