Welcome to MAC!

What is MAC?
Minerva's Academic Curriculum (aka MAC) is UNCG’s general education program. MAC coursework lets you work on 11 foundational skills that are important for learning and thriving in college and life. Use your MAC courses to level up on your communication, critical thinking, information analysis, and intercultural skills. You can choose subjects that already interest you or explore new areas! MAC courses cover a range of academic subjects that introduce you to discoveries of the past and to cutting-edge research that's happening right here on campus.
Here's UNCG faculty member Dr. Joi Bulls talking about the basic philosophy behind MAC:

© Grant Gillard from University Communications
The MAC Competencies
Each course you take in the MAC program focuses on a different foundational competency that's linked with communication, critical thinking, information analysis, and/or interpersonal or intercultural skills. These are known as "transferable skills" because they relate to a wide variety of real-world contexts that matter, including academics, civics, professional development and personal life.
You complete the program by passing one 3-credit course in each of the 11 MAC competencies listed below, for a total of 33 credit hours (or 34 credit hours if you add a 1-credit lab to one of your natural science courses).
Here's what the 11 MAC competencies focus on:

  1. FOUNDATIONS.
  2. Learn how to be a successful UNCG college student

  3. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION.
  4. Refine your writing for different audiences

  5. ORAL COMMUNICATION.
  6. Hone your public and group speaking skills

  7. QUANTITATIVE REASONING.
  8. Use math to solve real-world problems

  9. HEALTH & WELLNESS.
  10. Make effective health & wellness choices

    CRITICAL THINKING & INQUIRY...

  11. in the Humanities and Fine Arts.
  12. in the Social & Behaviorial Sciences.
  13. in the Natural Sciences.
  14. Learn how to evaluate evidence & construct sound arguments in different areas of knowledge

  15. GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT & INTERCULTURAL LEARNING.
  16. Notice similarities & differences across world cultures and practice intercultural skills

  17. DIVERSITY & EQUITY.
  18. Understand intellectual traditions that address injustice

  19. DATA ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION.
  20. Work with data in a hands-on scientific context

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