The purpose of the Tennessee Board of Regents’ general education core is to ensure
that college students have the broad knowledge and skills to become life-long learners
in a global community that will continue to change. Because courses in general education
should emphasize breadth, they should not be reduced in design to the skills, techniques,
or procedures associated with a specific occupation or profession. As a core of the
baccalaureate degree, essential for a full completion of all majors and minors, general
education is included in lower division courses but may be incorporated at the upper
division as well.
General education provides critical thinking skills for analysis to continue to seek
truths, to discover answers to questions, and to solve problems. Specifically, educated
people practice and are literate in the various methods of communication. They recognize
their place in the history, culture, and diverse heritages of Tennessee, the United
States, and the world. They appreciate the web of commonality of all humans in a multicultural
world and are prepared for the responsibilities of an engaged citizenship. They recognize
the ethical demands of our common lives. They demonstrate the skills and knowledge
of the social and behavioral sciences to analyze their contemporary world. They are
familiar with the history and aesthetics of the fine arts. They understand and practice
the scientific and mathematical view of the world.
Finally, Tennessee’s general education core provides for its citizens the means to
make a better living. Above all, it enables its citizens to make a better life.