General Education

Your education at Lincoln will give you the understanding and skill to begin mastering your chosen field. As a liberal arts college, Lincoln also aims to ensure that all of our graduates are well-rounded individuals with a strong base of knowledge in a variety of subjects.

For that reason, as a Lincoln student, you'll be required to complete a core curriculum of General Education classes. The General Education curriculum—a stand-alone program governed by the Institutional Learning Outcomes—gives you the chance to explore a range of different subjects while building essential academic and professional skills, including effective communication, critical thinking, technological and information literacy, and more.

You'll get to take in new areas of intellectual experience, expanding your cultural and global awareness, and preparing you to make well-reasoned judgments and arguments outside as well as with your academic field. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes social responsibility and civic engagement, advancing the Lincoln legacy of service and excellence.

For the General Education program, you'll be required to take 45-48 credits (out of the 120 credits required for graduation) across disciplines with a combination of core and elective courses. Core (required) courses include a first-year experience course, two English composition courses, a course in African American experience, and a wellness course.

Beyond those core courses, you may choose from one class in music or art, one in philosophy or religion, one of two English literature courses, two from a list of seven in the social sciences, one 100-level mathematics course, two science courses from a list of six, and two semesters of a foreign language or computer science. When you enroll at Lincoln, you'll complete math and writing assessments and will be placed into the appropriate-level writing and math classes to optimize your learning and advance the skills necessary for college success.

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.