Office of General Education

The Office of General Education (OGE or GenEd) provides campus-wide leadership in undergraduate education and administers the general education policy enacted by the Council of General Education. SMU’s educational philosophy is that intellectual and professional excellence rises from the solid foundation of a liberal arts education.

General education provides an intellectual foundation consisting of the broad outlines of human knowledge, a context for discipline-specific study, and a framework for lifelong learning.


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Common Curriculum

SMU established the Common Curriculum (CC) in the fall of 2020. This curriculum and its requirements applies to students who entered (matriculated into) the University beginning Fall 2020 and later. 
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University Curriculum

The University Curriculum (UC) requirements are for students who entered (matriculated into) SMU between Fall 2016 and Spring 2020.
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General Education Curriculum

The General Education Curriculum (GEC) applies to students who entered (matriculation into) SMU prior to Fall 2012. 

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