General Education Program

Program Mission

The General Education Program at the University of Michigan-Flint fulfills an important academic role in the student's total educational experience. The program is designed to provide training in reasoning and critical thinking, and to introduce the fundamental disciplines through which people seek to understand themselves, their surroundings, and cultures different from their own. In accordance with the University's mission, the program aims to educate all students in an environment that emphasizes literacy, critical thinking, and humanistic and scientific inquiry. Through the program students hone the skills emplyers want and informed citizens need.

University-Wide Program Details

General Education requirements apply to all students pursuing bachelor's degrees offered by the University of Michigan-Flint.

However, students should consult their unit for possible modifications. Petitions by students for waiver of General Education requirements are made to the academic standards committee of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.

Program goals focus on four areas:

  • Integration into the Learning Community of the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Enhanced Communication Skills: Written, Verbal, and Non-Verbal
  • Enhanced Breadth that Interconnectedness of Knowledge
  • Engaged Citizenship: Local to Global



General Education Program Leadership


Stephanie Roach, PhD

Director of General Education Programs

Dr. Roach was appointed as the Director of the General Education Program in 2020. She is also the Director of Writing Programs, Associate Chair of the Department of English, and an Associate Professor of Writing.

Her interests include first-year writing, the specialization in writing major in English, the teaching of writing and writing assigment design, plagiarism, writing program administration, general education learning outcomes (GELOs), advising and retention, signature assignments, and integrative learning.

Dr. Roach began teaching at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2003.