The College Curriculum

Values, purpose, and commitment.

Knowing, conserving, sharing, stewarding, and defending.

Pursuing knowledge valuable for the purposes of a life well lived.

World Languages

The World Languages literacy prepares College students to interact and collaborate with multilingual communities across the globe. Students can meet the World Languages requirement by successfully completing one of the following courses of action:

EGMT 1530 - Engaging Differences

A general education should help you examine the ways in which people produce, perceive, and negotiate difference. Both within the university and beyond, you will encounter ways in which people differ, including distinctions of culture, religion, and nationality, as well as those of class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, privilege, and power. While these differences often challenge our capacity to understand one another, engaging  can provide opportunities for deeper knowledge of human interactions.

EGMT 1520 - Empirical and Scientific Engagement

A general education should help you make sense of the world and cosmos by analyzing observable evidence and using formal and quantitative reasoning. Both within and beyond the university, you will encounter claims about the natural and social worlds and be confronted with situations that require you to evaluate and make decisions based on evidence. Empirical methods are a crucial component to addressing and answering such a broad range of essential questions.

EGMT 1510 - Engaging Aesthetics

A general education should help you explore our world through the lens of human creativity in its many forms. In their shaping of materials, language, space, and sound, artists, architects, writers, and composers reinterpret the world, showing us vital ways of thinking about our present, our past, and the natural world. We will explore how their work provokes our most visceral emotional responses and invites engaged intellectual reflection and interpretation.

EGMT 1540 - Ethical Engagements

A general education should help you reflect upon and deliberate about your lives as ethical agents. Both within the university and beyond, you will encounter questions of right and wrong, liberty and obligation, justice and mercy; you will be responsible for whatever conception of the “good” you use to structure and orient your lives.  We will consider how to understand ethical reflection and practice while acknowledging that some differences on ethical questions are irreconcilable.

Rhetoric for the 21st Century

The Rhetoric for the 21st Century literacy provides experience with rhetorical arts learned and practiced over the course of one’s life. These include written, oral, and digital forms of expression used by highly literate members of our society. Both the First Writing and Second Writing requirements comprise the Rhetoric for the 21st Century component of the new curriculum.


The Pathways

Disciplines Plus Pathway

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Engagements Pathway

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The College Fellows

Unique to General Education at UVA are the College Fellows. Faculty from across Arts & Sciences departments join the College Fellows program for a two-year term to teach the core Engagement courses. Before stepping into the classroom, each cohort of College Fellows spends a semester collaborating on syllabi, projects, and big ideas that cut across disciplines in order to bring their dream courses to life.

The College Fellows