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Educating For Life
The mission of the General Education Program at the University of the District of Columbia is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will serve them in their efforts to become lifelong learners, community leaders, and fruitfully engaged professionals in rewarding and evolving careers and endeavors.

The UDC Graduate

The General Education Program is designed to help all UDC students develop foundational skills, participate in transformative experiences, and engage in their community. We want our graduating Firebirds to have the following characteristics:

  • Be intellectually curious
  • Communicate orally and in writing with proficiency and ease; choose appropriate platforms for communicating their ideas
  • Know about a wide variety of subjects and their applied knowledge reflects insights gained from exposure to the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and business
  • Be able to cope with unfamiliar material and approach new situations analytically, logically, and creatively
  • Be aware of the ethical implications of actions and make values-driven decisions
  • Be able to access information using a variety of formal and informal methods
  • Use technology efficiently to obtain and evaluate information
  • Embrace service, civic responsibility, and teamwork
  • Champion environmental consciousness
  • Be economically literate
  • Be tolerant of and can adapt to the natural diversity of peoples, their ideas, and cultures
  • Consider learning to be a lifelong process