General Education: Competencies

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The General Education Competencies represent important skills that students expand during their studies at Central Michigan University. CMU graduates are expected to demonstrate adeptness in the areas of writing, oral expression, mathematics, and quantitative​ reasoning. The requirements under each competency were specifically developed to aid students in mastering the skills necessary to function as constructive and productive citizens.

A detailed description of the current requirements is available online through the CMU Undergraduate Bulletin. The General Education Program requirements were significantly changed beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Students can access their specific requirements by accessing the appropriate CMU Undergraduate Bulletin.

A person wishing to test out of the Competencies can obtain additional information by contacting the Computer Based Testing Center (989-774-1092).

 

General Education Competency Requirement
Writing

In general, students complete freshman composition, intermediate composition, and twelve credits of Writing Intensive coursework. At least six of the Writing Intensive credits must be obtained from courses within the University Program before 56 hours. Writing Intensive courses require significant and meaningful writing are listed with a WI designator in the Course Search and Registration. The goal is to enhance the student's ability to write clearly and effectively.

Oral English

In general, students complete a course in debate, speech, or oral communication before 56 hours. The goal is to enhance the student's ability to interpret, compose, and present information to a specific audience.

Mathematics

In general, students complete a course in mathematics or statistics before 56 hours. The goal is to enhance the student's ability to understand and solve mathematical problems.

Quantitative Reasoning ​​In general, students complete a course in Quantitative Reasoning prior to graduation. Quantitative Reasoning courses are listed with a QR designator in the Course Search and Registration. The goal is to enhance the student's ability to apply mathematics to solve every day quantitative problems.