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Developing General Education Course Proposals

As you develop course proposals, please refer to the statement of purpose below for the General Education curriculum. Existing courses may be submitted directly to for review by the appropriate General Education subcommittee (cc College to notify of submission). New courses must first be approved at the College level prior to submission for General Education approval; however, proposals should be submitted concurrently to College and General Education committees in order to ensure sufficient time for review.

DEADLINE for proposals is October 15, 2017.


General Education Requirement & Resources

View the General Education Requirement


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – General education provides the foundation for successful academic study, for lifelong learning, and for carrying out the duties of local, national, and global citizenship. By building basic skills in communication, analysis, and computation as well as by broadening students' historical and cultural perspectives, the general education curriculum helps students acquire an understanding of both self and society, and thus contributes to their personal enrichment while enrolled and after graduation.

Departments that wish to have courses considered for approval are invited to submit course proposals electronically to as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF file. (See links below for proposal submission forms).

General Education Committee
Barbara Murphy, Committee Chair

Subcommittee Chairs

Basic Skills
Chuck Collins, Quantitative Reasoning
John Haas, Communicating Orally
Jeff Ringer, Communicating through Writing
Broadened Perspectives
Megan Bryson, Cultures & Civilizations
Cheryl Kojima, Natural Sciences
Jeff Larsen, Social Sciences
Barbara Murphy, Arts and Humanities

General Education Course Proposal Forms

WC - Communicating through Writing (Word Document)

OC - Communicating Orally (Word Document)

QR - Quantitative Reasoning (Word Document)

AH, CC, NS, SS - Broadened Perspectives (Word Document)

Guidelines for Revising and Removing General Education Courses

Guidelines for General Education course revision
Guidelines for removing courses from a General Education list

General Education - Frequently Requested Information

General Education - FAQ

General Education Timeline (PDF)


Questions? Contact:
Molly Sullivan
Office of the University Registrar - 865-974-1466
202C Student Services Building - Knoxville, TN 37996




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