Task Force on General Education

The Task Force on General Education at Brandeis was created in the spring of 2016 to consider all aspects of university requirements and to think about the knowledge, skills, and understandings that we believe our students should have by the time they graduate. Many thanks to the faculty, students, and staff who have worked on this very important project, and to the many faculty and staff who express interest in the project.

Suggestions and recommendations have been gathered from faculty, staff, students and alumni. Department and interdepartmental program chairs, oversight and teaching committees, undergraduate departmental representatives, and faculty who teach Brandeis' general education courses have been consulted. The Task Force has also examined approaches taken by other universities and discussed overarching themes and goals, learning outcomes, and assessment. 

A set of recommendations was approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and at two Faculty meeting votes in the Fall of 2017. The Board of Trustees is expected to consider the proposed legislation at its January meeting.

The five major themes of the proposal are:

  • Brandeis First Year Experience
  • Foundational Literacies 
  • Global Engagement 
  • Health, Wellness and Life Skill 
  • Schools of Thought