General Education Assessment

Emory identifies college-level general education competencies and the extent to which students have attained them as part of periodic student learning outcomes assessment processes. Emory has two colleges and three schools with undergraduate degree programs. Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Oxford College admit students as first-year students who must complete general education requirements; the Business, Medical, and Nursing schools admit transfer students who must complete general education requirements prior to admission. The general education requirements of the two colleges and the general education prerequisites of the three schools differ slightly; however, all of the colleges and schools have agreed on five general education competencies that undergraduate students must attain.

  • Writing and Communication: This competency includes courses that focus on writing and other forms of communication.
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning: This competency includes courses that expand a student's understanding of quantitative modes of analysis such as mathematics, computer science, and quantitative social statistics and methods.
  • Natural Sciences: This competency includes courses that demonstrate fundamental principles and techniques of scientific inquiry as a means of understanding the natural world and human life; courses focusing on scientific findings and concepts; and courses focusing on scientific methodology.
  • Social Sciences: This competency includes courses that focus on individuals and/or groups in society, demonstrate how the social sciences use theory and methods to expand our understanding of social phenomena, or examine historical forces, cultural traditions, and human values.
  • Humanities: This competency includes courses that reflect on human experience and the human condition through texts or artistic forms, in performance of art, dance, music, or theater, and in related interdisciplinary humanities courses.

Related SACSCOC Standard:

8.2. The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of seeking improvement based on analysis of the results in the areas below:

8.2.b. Student learning outcomes for collegiate-level general education competencies of its undergraduate degree programs. (Student outcomes: general education)

General Education Resources (Emory login required)


Andrea Barra

Associate Director, Assessment