UC Requirements

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PROFICIENCIES AND EXPERIENCES

  Proficiency-CE

The eight UC Proficiencies and Experiences are described below. Almost all courses at the university will ask you to express your ideas in writing. Many will ask you to employ quantitative reasoning or to identity and evaluate information beyond that covered in class. Other courses will expect you to express yourself orally. And many courses will ask that you engage with larger local and global communities.

 

 

Courses automatically satisfy one or more of the proficiencies only if the professor has agreed ahead of time to focus on how students develop and demonstrate the specific SLOs associated with the proficiency; however, students can also formally request that both coursework and non-course experiences satisfy the Proficiencies.

Note: Since most proficiencies are established at the section rather than at the course level, proficiency designations seldom accompany course credit granted through AP or IB placement tests and do not automatically accompany transfer course credit (students will need to provide evidence demonstrating satisfaction of the SLOs).

Requirement Descriptions

You will take courses with an experiential educational component in the community of Dallas/Fort Worth or elsewhere, or participate in an experience-based learning activity in the community. Such activities must include a reflective component.

What is required?

One course or activity

You may fulfill Community Engagement by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Community Engagement 
  2. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Community Engagement requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request
  3. participating in an activity outside of class that has been approved for Community Engagement
  4. demonstrating Community Engagement through a Non-Course-Based Proficiency Request

View the Student Learning Outcomes.

You will participate in activities or take courses that require both engagement with other societies and cultures and reflection about these experiences. NOTE: While the intended preference for cultures visited or studied under Global Engagement is non- US cultures, it is understood that opportunities exist to engage global cultures within the borders of the United States, particularly those which have not yet been fully integrated.

What is required?

One course or activity

You may fulfill Global Engagement by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Global Engagement
  2. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Global Engagement requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request
  3. participating in an activity outside of class that has been approved for Global Engagement
  4. demonstrating Global Engagement through a Non-Course-Based Proficiency Request

View the Student Learning Outcomes.



The Human Diversity proficiency requirement challenges students to explore in a reflective way basic issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, or societies in the developing world. You can use course work or sustained, reflected-upon activities to fulfill the UC’s one HD requirement.

What is required?

One course or activity

You may fulfill Human Diversity by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Human Diversity
  2. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Human Diversity requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request
  3. participating in an activity outside of class that has been approved for Human Diversity
  4. demonstrating Human Diversity through a Non-Course-Based Proficiency Request

View the Student Learning Outcomes.

 

As a university student, you will encounter the challenges of effectively retrieving and applying pertinent information from exponentially increasing sources, not all of which are reliable. In addition to learning how to evaluate the accuracy and relevance of sources, students must understand how this material relates to the wider universe of potential information on a topic, and they must also learn to use this information ethically. To ensure the development of information literacy, you will take two IL courses.

What is required?

Two courses

You may fulfill Information Literacy by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Information Literacy
  2. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Information Literacy requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request

View the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Information Literacy Policies

You may not satisfy the Information Literacy Proficiency with DISC coursework.

You will encounter courses or participate in activities that develop oral communication skills, such as effectively arguing a position, presenting spontaneous ideas, presenting reports and projects, and performing presentations and speeches fluently. Both course work and sustained, reflected upon activities can be used to fulfill the UC’s two OC requirements.

What is required?

Two courses or activities

You may fulfill Oral Communication by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Oral Communication
  2. successfully completing a transfer course that has been approved for Oral Communication (may need to file a DPR Update Request if the DPR doesn't recognize the class automatically)
  3. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Oral Communication requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request
  4. participating in an activity outside of class that has been approved for Oral Communication
  5. demonstrating Oral Communication through a Non-Course-Based Proficiency Request

Read the Student Learning Outcomes.

 

In addition to Quantitative Foundations course work, you will take one course in which quantitative reasoning skills are central to course content, delivery, and evaluation. “QR” courses may be entirely devoted to quantitative reasoning, such as offerings in mathematics and statistics. “QR” designations may also be attached to other courses in other disciplines that include major quantitative reasoning. One course, beyond the Quantitative Reasoning Foundation component, is required.

What is required?

One course or qualifying exam credit

You may fulfill Quantitative Reasoning by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Quantitative Reasoning
  2. earning exam or transfer credit for ECO 1311 (may need to file a UC DPR Update Request)
  3. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request

View the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Quantitative Reasoning Policies

You may not satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Proficiency with a course used to satisfy your Quantitative Foundation.

 

 

In addition to the Discernment & Discourse sequence, you will take two courses in which you compose coherent, well-supported and carefully edited essays and reports suitable for a range of different audiences and purposes.Two "W"-courses, beyond the Discernment and Discourse sequence, are required. NOTE: Writing Proficiencies must provide multiple opportunities for students to improve their writing. Just assigning written work is not sufficient.

What is required?

Two courses

You may fulfill Writing by:

  1. successfully completing an SMU course that has been tagged for Writing
  2. successfully completing SMU or transfer coursework that you believe meets the Writing requirement and filing a Course-Based Proficiency Request

Special Writing Proficiency Policies

You may not satisfy your Writing Proficiency with Discernment and Discourse coursework.

View the Student Learning Outcomes.

SMU students will be expected to improve their language proficiency by the equivalent of two-college level semesters.

What is required?

Demonstrated proficiency through college-level coursework, credit exam, or placement exam

Visit the World Languages website for comprehensive information about satisfying your Second Language Proficiency requirement.

View the Student Learning Outcomes.