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Liberal Education Requirements

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About Liberal Education

Liberal education requirements are a vital key component of your UMD degree. Liberal education prepares individuals to lead productive and socially responsible lives in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Liberal education at UMD helps students develop competencies that can be adapted for use in any occupation and by virtually any individual. Liberal education at UMD is not restricted to any particular part of the curriculum but is woven through each student’s course of study, including core requirements and requirements for the major. Liberally educated students are “Prepared, Informed, and Committed.”


At UMD, you will choose courses that satisfy the following requirements:

Skill area Course Categories Total Credits
Language and Reasoning
  • Writing and Information Literacy - WRIT 1120 (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication and Languages (3 credits)
  • Logic and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (6 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities (6 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
Key Topics
  • Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Cultural Diversity in the US (3 credits)
  • Sustainability (3 credits)

Prepared, Informed, Committed

Liberal education requirements are designed to help you to become a a prepared, informed, and committed individual.


  • To identify, analyze and solve problems, demonstrating critical and analytical thinking competency within and across various fields of knowledge
  • To think creatively, demonstrating intellectual curiosity, imagination and flexibility
  • To communicate effectively through writing and speaking
  • To work productively independently and through collaboration
  • To access, evaluate, and make use of information gathered through multiple methodologies


  • About the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture and society
  • About the past and its relevance to the present and the future
  • About controversies and unanswered questions in multiple domains of knowledge


  • To life-long learning
  • To civic engagement and social responsibility
  • To knowledge and competence across cultures
  • To considering ethical implications of ideas and actions
  • To understanding contemporary global issues