General Education: University Program


The General Education Program area requirements are referred to collectively as the University Program. The University Program introduces students to the major fields of human knowledge. A primary goal is to provide students with the conceptual tools necessary to provide order and meaning to the information acquired over the course of their lives. Courses included in the University Program were selected to aid students in developing a broad conceptual understanding that ultimately helps graduates function as concerned and thoughtful citizens. Students are generally required to complete twenty-seven credit hours of coursework in the University Program, with at least one course selected from each of the subgroups listed below.

A detailed description of the current requirements is available online through the CMU Undergraduate Bulletin. Students can access their specific requirements by accessing the appropriate CMU Undergraduate Bulletin.

A person who transfers from a community college in Michigan might be able to satisfy part or all of the University Program requirements. Information on the specific policy governing the transfer of University program courses is available here.

University Program Group University Program Subgroup

I. Humanities

Exploration of human experience and achievement in order to understand the essential characteristics of the human condition.

A. Human Events and Ideas: Studies concerned with discerning order, meaning, and significance in human events and ideas.


B. The Arts: Studies concerned with the aesthetic dimensions of human creative activity.

II. Natural Sciences

Exploration of natural phenomena in order to understand basic principles concerning the material universe.


A. Descriptive Science: Studies concerned with understanding natural phenomena through observation, description, and classification.

B. Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences: Studies concerned with understanding phenomena through experimentation, simplification, quantification, and deduction.

III. Social Sciences

Exploration of social dimensions of human life in order to understand the behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions.

A. Behavioral Sciences: Studies concerned with the analysis of individual human behavior.

B. Studies in Social Structures​: Studies concerned with an analysis of the function and change of social structures.

IV. Studies in Culture and Diversity

Exploration of cultures and societies outside of the United States or the history and continuing effects of racism and other forms of discrimination for groups within the United States.

B. Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition: Studies concerned with exploration of geographical, cultural, or political units outside the Anglo-American cultural tradition.

C. Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States: Studies concerned with the examination of groups that experience racism and discrimination in the United States.