The general education component is the common requirement of all baccalaureate students at Arkansas Tech University. The knowledge and skills acquired in the general education component enable students to analyze problems, to arrive at intelligent conclusions, and to make reasoned choices in their professional and personal lives. A well rounded, liberal education should increase the choices available to Arkansas Tech University's graduates, thereby improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those whom they influence.

Many of the general education courses were designed to deal primarily with processes rather than simply with facts, to help students to develop individually and as members of a group, and to instill in students the desire to continue to learn throughout their entire lives.

Students who earn degrees at Arkansas Tech University should (1) be able to listen attentively, and read, write, and speak clearly and effectively, (2) show competence in reasoning and handling of abstract and quantitative ideas and be able to create mathematical models and use mathematical techniques to solve the problems which they encounter, (3) demonstrate a basic competency in the accessing, processing, and presenting of information through computer technologies, (4) have a knowledge of the history of Western and Non-Western cultures and recognize the interdependent nature of the global economic, political, and social institutions and systems, (5) have a basic knowledge of a foreign culture or language and an appreciation of the differences in thought processes, methods of communication, and value systems from culture to culture, (6) understand the nature and function of the arts, explore and learn to enjoy the possibilities of artistic creation, and discover how the full range of human experience is given expression in works of art, (7) comprehend the basic principles, philosophy, and methodology of science and the influence of science and technology on society, (8) have an understanding of the history and culture of the United States and of the development and change of American social, political and economic systems, (9) have a basic knowledge of some of the great philosophical concepts and ideas of the world and develop the capacity to comprehend moral and ethical issues, (10) understand and appreciate the importance of the factors that contribute to personal health and wellness.

To accomplish the above goals, Arkansas Tech requires the completion of the following general education curriculum. Students should refer to the curriculum in their major area of study for specific courses either recommended or required by the academic department to fulfill the general education requirements.

Study Area Hours English 6 Three hours from the following: ENGL 1013 (Composition I) ENGL 1043 (Honors Composition I) Three additional hours from the following: ENGL 1023 (Composition II) ENGL 1053 (Honors Composition II) Mathematics 3 MATH 1113 (College Algebra) OR MATH 1103 (Algebra for General Education) OR Any higher level mathematics course Science 8-12 Complete (a) or (b): (a) Four hours of biological science with laboratory from the list below: BIOL 1014 (Introduction to Biological Science) This choice is recommended unless your major specifies one of the alternate choices. BIOL 1124 (Principles of Zoology) BIOL 1134 (Principles of Botany) BIOL 2014 (Human Anatomy) Four hours of physical science with laboratory from the list below: PHSC 1013 (Introduction to Physical Science) and PHSC 1021 (Physical Science Laboratory) CHEM 1114 (Survey of Chemistry) CHEM 2124 (General Chemistry I) GEOL 1014 (Physical Geology) PHYS 1114 (Applied Physics) PHYS 2014 (Physical Principles I) PHYS 2024 (Physical Principles II) PHYS 2114 (General Physics I) PHYS 2124 (General Physics II) PHSC 1053 (Astronomy) and PHSC 1051 (Observational Astronomy Lab) OR PHSC 3053 (Astronomy) and PHSC 3051 (Observational Astronomy Lab) (b) The following courses (intended for early childhood education majors only): GEOL 1004 (Essentials of Earth Science) PHSC 1013 (Introduction to Physical Science) and PHSC 1021 (Physical Science Laboratory) BIOL 1014 (Introduction to Biological Science) Fine Arts 3 Three hours from the following: *ART 2123 Experiencing Art MUS 2003 Introduction to Music TH 2273 Introduction to Theatre *ENGL 2173 Introduction to Film *JOUR 2173 Introduction to Film Art Majors: Any of the above course options, except ART 2123 Music Majors: Any of the above courses options, except MUS 2003 Humanities 3 Three hours from the following: *ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature ENGL 2013 Introduction to American Literature PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy Social Sciences 12 Three hours from the following: HIST 2003 U.S. History to 1865 HIST 2013 U.S. History from 1865 POLS 2003 American Government Nine additional hours from the following: *HIST 1503 World Civilization I *HIST 1513 World Civilization II HIST 2003 U.S. History to 1865 HIST 2013 U.S. History from 1865 POLS 2003 American Government ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology PSY 2003 General Psychology *ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology OR *ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology *GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World AMST 2003 American Studies * Of the above 18 hours in Fine Arts/Humanities and Social Science, 3 hours must be one of the starred courses. Physical Education, Recreation Administration, Wellness Science, Theatre or Military Science 2 Physical education activity courses OR Recreation (RP) coeducational activity courses OR Wellness science activity courses OR Theatrical dance activity OR appropriate military science courses completed through cross-enrollment agreement with UCA.

General Education Requirement for Associate Degrees
The general education component of the associate degree was patterned after the requirements at the baccalaureate level. In particular, all associate holders are required to successfully complete 6 hours of English/Communications, 3 hours of mathematics, and a minimum of 3 hours of social sciences. Specific degrees may require more courses in these areas.

The courses that comprise Tech's general education curriculum also constitute the University's State Minimum Core, established in accordance with Act 98 of 1989, for implementation the fall semester of 1991. Act 98 requires colleges and universities to identify "a minimum core of courses which shall apply toward the general education core curriculum requirements for baccalaureate degrees at state supported institutions of higher education and which shall be fully transferable between state institutions."