General Education

General Education requirements provide broad learning in liberal arts and science disciplines, and form the basis for developing important intellectual, civic, and practical capacities (AAC&  The Middle States Commission requires the institution to have a “a general education program, free standing or integrated into academic disciplines, that:

  • Offers a sufficient scope to draw students into new areas of intellectual experience, expanding their cultural and global awareness and cultural sensitivity, and preparing them to make well-reasoned judgments outside as well as within their academic field
  • Offers a curriculum designed so that students acquire and demonstrate essential skills including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency, and information literacy. Consistent with mission, the general education program also includes the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives

At Lincoln University, General Education is treated as a stand-alone academic program unit governed by the following Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs).  View the complete ILO Definitions



  1. Effective Communication
  2. Technology & Information Literacy
  3. Diversity Awareness/Cultural Awareness
  4. Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement
  5. Critical Thinking 
  6. Institutional Fidelity
  7. Financial and Quantitative Literacy
  8. Integrative & Life-Long Learning

Academic Year

Institutional Learning Outcomes


#1, #3 – Effective Communication & Diversity Awareness


#2, #4 – Computer & Digital Literacy & Social Responsibility / Civic Engagement


#5, #7 – Critical Thinking, Financial Literacy


#6, #8 – Institutional Fidelity, Integrative &Life-Long Learning


General Education Courses

First Year Experience (FYE 101) - 3 credits

African American Experience (SOS 151) -  3 credits

The Social Sciences -  6 credits
Select any two:
ECO 201 or 202 (Micro or Macroeconomics)
EDU 150 Education and Society
HIS 103 Contemporary World History
POL 101 American National Government
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Intro to Sociology

Health and Physical Education (HPR 101) - 2 credits

The Humanities  - 9 credits
Select one: (3 credits)
ARH 200 Intro to Art
MUS 200 Intro to Music

Select one: (3 credits)
REL 200 Intro to Religion or
PHL 200 Intro to Philosophy

Select one: (3 credits)
ENG 207 World Literature I
ENG 208 World Literature II

English Composition - 6 credits
ENG 101 English Composition I
ENG 102 English Composition II
ENG 098 Basic Writing Skills I
ENG 099 Basic Writing Skills II


The Natural Sciences - 7-8 credits
Select two (2): (one must have a lab)
BIO 101/161 or higher
CHE 101
PHY 103/161 or higher
GSC 101/161 102/162 or highe

Mathematics -  3-4 credits
MAT 106 or higher

Languages or Computer Sciences 6-8 credits

These courses total: 45-49 credits


General Education Committee

The General Education Committee is comprised of administrators and faculty representatives from each College.  The Committee is responsible for facilitating the effective assessment of the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) as delivered through the General Education Curriculum.  The Committee works in collaboration with the Office of Assessment & Accreditation to ensure that all policies and standards governing General Education Assessment are adhered to.  Functions of the Committee include:  providing feedback on general education outcomes assessment, reviewing general education for course syllabi to ensure that ILOs are represented and assessed, producing a general education annual report, providing best practices and strategies on assessing general education and supporting the assessment efforts of faculty responsible for General Education.