General Education

The General Education curriculum—a stand-alone program governed by the Institutional Learning Outcomes— is designed to ensure that all Lincoln graduates have a broad liberal arts education. Every Lincoln student is offered the chance to explore a range of different subjects while building essential academic skills in writing, critical reading, and quantitative reasoning. Discovering new areas of intellectual experience invites students to expand their cultural and global awareness, preparing them to make well-reasoned judgments and arguments outside as well as within their academic fields. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes social responsibility and civic engagement, advancing the Lincoln legacy of service and excellence.

Every student is required to complete 45-48 credits including a First Year Experience class, two English composition classes, one math class, one wellness, and one African American Experience class. The complete requirements include twelve (12) credits in the humanities, eleven (11) credits in the social sciences and twelve (12) credits in mathematics and natural sciences. Here is a brief overview of the General Education Curriculum. More details about the curriculum can be found in the academic catalog.

The General Education Curriculum is governed by the faculty through the General Education Committee, which consists of nine faculty members from diverse disciplines including the library, one student, and representatives from the Provost’s office. You can contact the committee by email at


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General Education Committee

The faculty committee on General Education oversees the General Education curriculum and recommends modifications when necessary. It ensures that there is a consistent assessment plan using appropriate rubrics and graded assignments as assessment tools. The committee reviews the General Education curriculum on an annual basis and generates a report for distribution to the faculty.

The faculty committee on General Education is composed as follows:

  • Elected: Two members from each college (one from each college must have General Education instructional responsibilities), one from the library, and two at large
  • Standing: Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee and one student

The General Education Committee partners with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to offer workshops throughout the year.