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Connections Requirements

(0 additional hours because all courses are eligible for multiple counting)

Connections courses in the General Education curriculum build on previously acquired knowledge and establish links between discrete forms of knowledge by encouraging interdisciplinary conversation and by inviting students to apply their academic expertise in environments beyond the University classroom. Because Connections courses may meet multiple requirements at once, most students fulfill the eight Connections requirements without taking credit hours in addition to those needed to fulfill Foundations, Approaches, and major/minor requirements.

In addition to building directly on the Foundations, through communication intensive and quantitative intensive courses, the Connections requirement promotes an understanding of global issues, U.S. diversity, the world before 1750, the North Atlantic world, and people living beyond the North Atlantic world. The Connections category also incorporates a requirement in experiential education that can be satisfied either within the framework of a conventional academic course or in the form of some other experience that carries academic credit, including internships, service learning, and honors thesis courses.

Students must complete at least one course for each of the following eight Connections:

  • Beyond the North Atlantic (BN)
    BN courses focus on the history, geography, culture, or society of one or more regions geographically distant from the United States, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Pacific.
  • Communication Intensive (CI)
    CI courses, preferably taken in a major or minor, provide practice with written and oral assignments within a disciplinary context. Writing and speaking form a substantial portion of the final grade, and students must revise for a grade a draft or oral presentation based on the instructor's feedback.
  • Experiential Education (EE)
    EE courses connect academic inquiry with structured, active learning experiences such as sustained, mentored research; approved service learning; courses with substantial field work; UNC-approved study abroad; department or UNC internships; or faculty-supervised creative work that culminates in public programming. The course or program of study must carry academic credit and invite students to apply their academic knowledge, skills, and expertise within the context of real-life situations and experiences.
  • Global Issues (GL)
    GL courses provide an understanding of transnational connections and global forces?economic, cultural, political, religious, demographic, military, biological, etc.?that have shaped and continue to shape the global experience. Courses devoted to natural phenomena or technology must place at least half of the emphasis on the human dimension of the matter under study.
  • The North Atlantic World (NA)
    NA courses address the history, geography, or culture of the area broadly defined to include North America (including American Indians) and Western Europe, especially cultures whose dominant language belongs to the Germanic, Celtic, or Romance language families.
  • Quantitative Intensive (QI)
    QI courses, preferably taken in a major or minor, refine quantitative reasoning skills and methods within the context of a specific field. A substantial component of quantitative intensive courses involves some of the following activities: using quantitative methods to model and solve problems; using numerical reasoning; collecting and interpreting quantitative data; using mathematical analysis, formal logic, and proofs, etc. Students also may satisfy the QI requirement by taking a second quantitative reasoning (QR) course.
  • U.S. Diversity (US)
    US courses systematically address one or more aspects of diversity in the United States, whether arising from ethnic, generational, class, gender, sexual, regional, or religious differences.
  • The World Before 1750 (WB)
    WB courses focus on the human beliefs, practices, cultures, institutions, or influences of pre-modern periods and places (i.e., the world before 1750 CE). They deal explicitly and substantially with change over time and situate course material within a cultural, political, or social context.