Educational Goals for our Students


A student seeking any bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin must satisfy the university-wide general education requirements outlined below. Specific degree programs may have additional general requirements and/or may restrict the options from which a student may choose in one or more of the categories of study. A student should consult the appropriate section of this catalog and work closely with an academic advisor to ensure that all requirements of the specific degree for which he/she is a candidate are met.

Philosophy and Requirements: The purpose of the UT Martin undergraduate educational experience is to prepare all students for the opportunities and challenges of a dynamic world. The combination of general education and major field degree requirements addresses this purpose.

The purpose of the UT Martin undergraduate educational experience is to prepare all students for the opportunities and challenges of a dynamic world. The combination of general education and major field degree requirements addresses this purpose.

Such preparation begins with a systematic introduction to a variety of ideas, concepts, methodologies, and works that have been developed by scholars and other individuals representing an array of academic areas. This preparation is completed through detailed study within a chosen major. Through this exposure to both the broad and deep dimensions of scholarly endeavor, students will graduate from the university with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively. Graduates will leave the university with a developing appreciation of the world’s complexities and diversities along with the skills to meaningfully engage them.

The general education curriculum is comprised of seven categories that, in combination, are designed to help students develop a common base of sensitivities, knowledge, and skills. The seven categories of study are: Aesthetics, Biological and Physical Systems, Communication and Computer Literacy, Ethical Awareness, Global Dynamics, Mathematics, and Social Dynamics. The general education curriculum consists of 35-36 semester credit hours with 15 credit hours in five core courses.

Each category includes a set of required courses and/or a listing of course options that achieve the curriculum goals. The options allow flexibility to accommodate the programmatic needs associated with particular major fields of study and the individual interests of each student.

Students should consult with their respective academic advisers to determine which combination of courses from the General Education Curriculum best meets their individual needs and the graduation requirements for their major.


Categories of Study: Curriculum Goals and Requirements

Aesthetics

  • Credit Hours Required: 3
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Aesthetics requirement is to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for creative processes and expression. Students choose their aesthetic experience from a variety of fine arts.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete one of the following courses:
    • Art 110 Understanding Visual Art (3)
    • Art History 210 The History of Art (3)
    • Art History 211 The History of Art (3)
    • Dance 110 Understanding Dance (3)
    • Dance 111 Understanding Dance (3)
    • Music 111 Masterpieces of Music (3)
    • Music 112 Music in Our Time (3)
    • Theatre 110 Understanding Theatre (3)
    • Theatre 111 Understanding Theatre (3)
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Biological and Physical Systems

  • Credit Hours Required: 8
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Biological and Physical Systems awareness requirement is to help students gain a better awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Students will learn to analyze problems using a scientific approach and vocabulary.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete two courses from among the following:
    • Astronomy 201 Astronomy (4)
    • Astronomy 202 Astronomy (4)
    • Biology 110 Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
    • Biology 120 Introductory Plant and Animal Biology (4)
    • Chemistry 100 Basic Concepts of Chemistry (4)
    • Chemistry 121 General Chemistry (4)
    • Chemistry 122 General Chemistry (4)
    • Geology 111 Physical Geology (4)
    • Geology 113 History of the Earth (4)
    • Physics 211 College Physics (4)
    • Physics 212 College Physics (4)
    • Physics 220 University Physics (4)
    • Physics 221 University Physics (4)
    • Zoology 200 Human Anatomy (4)
    • Zoology 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
    • Zoology 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
    • Zoology 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Communication and Computer Literacy

  • Credit Hours Required: 12
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Communication and Computer Literacy requirement is to prepare students to effectively communicate information, thoughts, and viewpoints through oral, written, and graphic forms of expression. Communication skills are facilitated through an introduction to computer software and systems.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete each of the following courses unless noted below:
    • English 111 English Composition (3)
    • English 112 English Composition (3)
    • Communications 230 Public Speaking (3)
    • Computer Science 201 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
    • Exceptions: Exemption from Computer Science 201 if major degree requirements specify computer literacy at least equivalent to Computer Science 201.

Ethical Awareness

  • Credit Hours Required: 3
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Ethical Awareness requirement is to prepare students to recognize the diverse ways that decisions are made and judged within the context of ethical and moral theories.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete the following course:
    • Philosophy 160 Introduction to Ethics (3)
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Global Dynamics

  • Credit Hours Required: 3
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Global Dynamics requirement is to enhance students' understanding of the aspects and contingencies that link people, societies, institutions, and environments across time and space.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete one of the following courses:
    • Agriculture 295 International Food and Fiber Systems (3)
    • English 250 British Literary Tradition (3)
    • English 251 British Literary Tradition (3)
    • English 260 American Literary Tradition (3)
    • English 261 American Literary Tradition (3)
    • English 270 World Literature (3)
    • English 271 World Literature (3)
    • Geography 151 Introduction to Regional Geography: North America, Europe and Russia (3)
    • Geography 152 Introduction to Regional Geography: Asia, Africa, and Latin America (3)
    • Geography 202 Introduction to Cultural Geography (3)
    • History 121 Development of World Civilization I (3)
    • History 122 Development of World Civilization II (3)
    • History 201 History of the United States I (3)
    • History 202 History of the United States II (3)
    • Honors 111 Humanity in a Global Perspective (3)
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Mathematics

  • Credit Hours Required: 3
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Mathematics requirement is to teach students to organize, evaluate, and solve problems using both abstract and quantitative approaches.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete one of the following courses.
    • Mathematics 130 The Nature of Mathematics
    • Mathematics 140 College Algebra and Elementary Functions
    • Mathematics 160 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences
    • Mathematics 185 Precalculus
    • Mathematics 210 Elementary Statistics and Probability
    • Mathematics 251 Calculus I
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Social Dynamics

  • Credit Hours Required: 3
  • Curriculum Goals: The purpose of the Social Dynamics requirement is to help students recognize differences among and interact with various social institutions. Students will learn about their roles within a society that values and benefits from diversity of culture, ethnicity and gender.
  • Curriculum Requirements: All students must successfully complete one of the following courses:
    • Economics 100 American Enterprise System (3)
    • Engineering 100 Society and Engineering (3)
    • Honors 112 Humanity in a Social Perspective (3)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies 201 Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
    • Philosophy 130 Ethics and Race (3)
    • Political Science 210 American Government and Politics (3)
    • Psychology 120 General Psychology (3)
    • Social Work 220 Understanding Human Diversity and Oppressed Populations (3)
    • Sociology 201 General Sociology (3)
    • Exceptions: No exceptions for any major

Facilities and Housing

Students will find UT Martin's spacious 250-acre campus and 46 academic and support buildings and residence facilities convenient and comfortable. Residence hall facilities for 2,092 single students, as well as 256 apartments for married students and faculty members are on campus.



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