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Core Curriculum

Global Miami Plan

In addition to the specialized courses in their majors, all Miami students complete the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. More than job training for a specific career, the Global Miami Plan includes courses that help you develop mental agility and problem-solving ability to think for yourself and adapt to a changing world. A well-rounded education can help you explore a wide range of subjects and perhaps discover new interests and career possibilities.

Requirements of the Global Miami Plan

Foundation Courses

This requirement is met by taking 36 semester hours of foundation courses. These courses, typically taken within the first two years, include the following areas:

  • English Composition
  • Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science
  • Global Perspectives
  • Natural Science
  • Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

In addition to the areas above, at least one course fulfilling the Global Miami Plan must present a cultural perspective and one course must present an historical perspective.

Thematic Sequence

The Thematic Sequence requirement is met by completing three related courses (usually nine hours total) in an approved Thematic Sequence outside your department of major.

Capstone Experience

In your final year of study, you must take a minimum of three hours in a Capstone Experience, which serves to meld your broad, liberal learning with the specialized knowledge of your major. It could take the form of a workshop, research seminar, individual or group project, or creative work in a studio, laboratory, or field study.

The Global Miami Plan includes about 30 percent of your courses; the remaining 70 percent are courses for your major, divisional requirements, and electives.