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General Education Core Curriculum

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) at NAU is to instill in its graduates an appreciation for and an understanding of certain broad aspects of human knowledge and experience and to promote a life of learning. Regardless of professional goals, each student will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills important for college-educated adults through a core curriculum that emphasizes the fields of communication, the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, the social and behavioral sciences, and information/technology literacy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates completing the General Education Core Curriculum at NAU will:

  • Apply the skills of intellectual inquiry, quantitative competency, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate competence in information literacy and proficiency in the use of information technology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop goals and personal affirmations to achieve life and career aspirations.

The General Education Core Curriculum is an integrated collection of courses that provide a foundation of essential knowledge and skills for degree-seeking students. Students graduating from the university’s degree programs must complete the GECC, which in most instances comprises approximately one-third of the academic program. Students and academic advisors are encouraged to collaborate in selecting appropriate general education elective courses that complement a student's professional or technical field.