University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst: General Education

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Global Learning


The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been chosen as one of 32 colleges and universities nationwide to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project that is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Shared Futures initiative. The project is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

This new project builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines. In concert with a Global Learning Leadership Council, UMass Amherst will help lead a high-profile, national effort to:

  • articulate essential global learning outcomes for all students;
  • refine and disseminate models of global general education curricula that can be adapted across all institutional types;
  • provide faculty development opportunities to assist college faculty in designing and teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues; and
  • develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes.

The UMass Global Learning team has been brainstorming strategies for strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They have also inventoried the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist at UMass and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within the University’s larger general education efforts (to view Global Inventory click here). The project’s central activity is an intensive summer institute in 2011.

For information about the initiative, go to:

To view a UMass News breif about this iniative, go to: UMass Chosen to Participate in National Gen Ed Initiative