General Education Refresh

Refresh Overview

The University-wide General Education curriculum helps students attain the fundamental skills and broad base of knowledge that all college-educated adults must have, whatever their specific areas of concentration (i.e., the major and minor). The experiences of General Education encourage students to develop a critical and inquiring attitude, an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of subject areas, acceptance of persons of different backgrounds or values, and a deepened sense of self.


To foster critical, innovative thinkers ready to lead cooperatively with interdisciplinary thinking and perspective-taking.

What’s Changing

  • Two new course categories (Exploring Perspectives and Building Connections) that replace Tier 1 and Tier 2
  • The creation of a General Education Office to:
    • partner with colleges/units on enrollment management and scheduling
    • provide instructor support
  • The development of two Attributes:
    • Writing
    • Diversity
  • Two 1-unit courses bookending student GE experience:
    • An introductory GE course
    • A concluding portfolio course 

Course Categories and Attributes

  • Introduction to Wildcat Perspectives: A new 1-unit course introducing students to General Education, ePortfolios, well-being, and academic success
  • Foundations: Unchanged from the previous curriculum; includes First-Year Writing (Composition), Mathematics, and Second Language courses
  • Exploring Perspectives: These courses introduce students to ways of thinking, knowing, and doing in different disciplinary identities, including: Artist, Humanist, Natural Scientist, and Social Scientist
  • Building Connections: These courses encourage students to bring together knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines and/or perspectives in order to foster a more comprehensive understanding of questions, ideas, challenges, and/or problems
  • Pinnacle Portfolio: A new 1-unit course required of all UArizona students as a capstone portfolio course
  • Diversity Attribute: Classes with the revised Diversity Attribute will focus on issues such as racism, classism, transphobia, sexism, and ableism, which continue to structure our society inequitably. It is our responsibility as Wildcats to promote greater social equity.
  • Writing Attribute: Classes that carry the Writing Attribute promote engaged learning, critical thinking, and greater facility with written communication across different writing situations.

Faculty Links

  • GE Overview Handout (coming soon)
  • Faculty Quick Start (coming soon)
  • Get Involved (coming soon)
  • Request More Info (coming soon)


Ryan Winet

Director of Communications for GE Refresh