General Education

For Undergraduate Students

General Education

General Education Program Objectives

  • Use academic writing skills to express opinions
  • Apply critical and creative thinking through English communication
  • Develop a voice in written and spoken English that can be adapted to different audiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize, respect, and value diverse experiences for a healthy life
  • Examine the current state of the world and the connection between local and global issues
  • Apply critical thinking to construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusion
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiatives that bring about change for the well-being of the community
  • Demonstrate the ability to use digital technology to manage, communicate and stimulate knowledge and reasoning

General Education Program Structure

Non-credit

Foundation Courses

38 credits

General Education Courses

12-16 credits

English Communication

4 credits

Life Appreciation

4 credits

Global Citizenship

4 credits

Critical Thinking

4 credits

Leadership

4 credits

Digital Literacy

4 credits

GE Electives

Foundation Courses (Non-credit)

Based on their achievement on the essay portion of the MUIC entrance exam, students whose English placement is below ICGC 101 Academic Writing and Research I will be placed into the “ERS Track”. These students will be required to take ICME 100 English Resource Skills and pass the course with the grade of “S” before moving to ICGC 101 Academic Writing and Research I. 

For Maths requirements, please refer to each major’s respective program page.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICMA 100 Foundation Mathematics 0 (4-0-0) SCI Foundation
ICME 100 English Resource Skills 0 (4-0-0) HLD Foundation

English Communication (12-16 credits)

Develop a voice in written and spoken English that can be adapted to different audiences in particular social, academic, and artistic contexts as well as unique and informed opinions about issues related to, but not exclusive to, one’s major.

Communicators are self-directed and reflective learners who apply critical and creative thinking to overcome challenges as active team members and collaborators in knowledge development and production.

Based on their achievement on the essay portion of the MUIC entrance exam, students will be placed into 3 following tracks: ‘ERS Track’, ‘GC Track’ and ‘Advanced GC Track’.
  • ‘ERS Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘ERS Track’ will be required to take ICME 100 (a non-credit course) and complete 16 credits in English Communication: ICGC 101, ICGC 102, ICGC 103 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses.
  • ‘GC Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘GC Track’ will be required to complete 16 credits in English Communication: ICGC 101, ICGC 102, ICGC 103 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses.
  • ‘Advanced GC Track’ – Students who are placed into ‘Advanced GC Track’ will be required to complete 12 credits in English Communication: ICGC 111, ICGC 112 in order, and finally, any 200+ level English courses.
Students in ‘ERS Track’ and ‘GC Track’ must take ICGC 101, ICGC 102 and ICGC 103 without interruption beginning in their first trimester of enrollment.
Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGC 101 Academic Writing and Research I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 102 Academic Writing and Research II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 103 Public Speaking 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 111 Academic Writing and Research I (Advanced) 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 112 Academic Writing and Research II (Advanced) 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication

Students then choose one of the following courses to fulfill their credit requirements:

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGC 201 Global Realities 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 202 Literary Analysis 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 203 Creative Writing 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 204 Advanced Oral Communication 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 206 Literature Into Film 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 208 Language and Culture 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 210 First and Second Language Acquisition 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 211 Topics in Comparative Literature A: Poetry 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 212 Topics in Comparative Literature B: The Short Story and the Novel 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 213 Topics in Comparative Literature C: Drama 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 214 Literary Non-fiction 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication
ICGC 215 Writing for Research 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_English Communication

Life Appreciation (4 credits)

Develop self-awareness of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing through experiential learning.

Life appreciators explore and develop behaviours and a mindset towards an appreciation of a creative healthy, active, sustainable lifestyle.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGH 113 Moving Pictures: A History of Film 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGH 117 Drawing as Creative Expression 4 (2-4-6) FAA GE_Life Appreciation
ICGH 118 Photography Visualizing in the Digital Age 4 (2-4-6) FAA GE_Life Appreciation
ICGH 119 Listen! Soundscapes, Well-Being and Musical Soul Searching 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 105 Ecology, Ecosystems and Socio-Economics in Southeast Asia 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 108 Essentials of Culinary Science for Food Business 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 109 Food for Health 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 110 Maker Workshop 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 112 Stargazer 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 113 Plants, People and Poisons 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 115 Human Evolution, Diversity and Health 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 120 Chemistry of Cosmetics and Dietary Supplements 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 124 Climate Change and Human Society 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 125 Games and Learning 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Life Appreciation
ICGN 135 Personal Health and Well being 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Life Apprecation
ICGP 101 American Flag Football 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 102 Badminton 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 103 Basketball 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 104 Body Fitness 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 105 Cycling 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 106 Discover Dance 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 107 Golf 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 108 Mind and Body 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 109 Selected Topics in Sports 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 110 Self Defense (Striking) 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 111 Self Defense (Grappling) 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 112 Soccer 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 113 Social Dance 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 114 Swimming 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 115 Tennis 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGP 116 Volleyball 1 (0-2-1) HLD GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 111 Exploring Religions 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 102 Business Sustainability and the Global Climate Change 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 115 Sociology in the Modern World 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 125 American History, Popular Media and Modern Life 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 126 Introduction to Psychology 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 127 Positive Psychology 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 128 Global Gastronomy and Cuisines 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 129 Tea Studies 2 (2-0-4) THM GE_Life Appreciation
ICGS 141 Coffee studies 2 (2-0-4) THM GE_Life Apprecation
ICGS 142 Contemporary Spirituality and Marketing 1 (1-0-2) SS GE_Life Apprecation
ICLL 100 Self Development 2 (2-0-4) OAA GE_Life Appreciation

Global Citizenship (4 credits)

Explore the current state of the world, including language, culture, geography, economics, politics and environment, the interconnection of local and global issues, as well as the common challenges that we are facing.

Global citizens aim to promote an understanding of diverse cultures and beliefs, and how these institutions influence people’s behaviour and shape societies around the globe.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGH 116 World Cinemas 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Global Citizenship
ICGH 120 Thai and ASEAN Cinema 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Global Citizenship
ICGH 121 The End of the World? Development and Environment 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGH 122 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGH 123 Faiths, Ecological Justice, and the Tropical Rainforests 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Global Citizenship
ICGH 127 Rome: An Empire’s Rise and Fall 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 101 Elementary German I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 102 Elementary German II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 103 Elementary German III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 111 Elementary Japanese I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 112 Elementary Japanese II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 113 Elementary Japanese III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 121 Elementary French I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 122 Elementary French II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 123 Elementary French III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 131 Elementary Chinese I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 132 Elementary Chinese II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 133 Elementary Chinese III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 141 Elementary Spanish I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 142 Elementary Spanish II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 143 Elementary Spanish III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 160 Introduction to Thai Language and Culture 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 161 Elementary Thai I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 162 Elementary Thai II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 163 Elementary Thai III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 170 Diversities in Multilingual Societies 2 (2-0-4) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 201 Pre-intermediate German I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 202 Pre-intermediate German II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 203 Pre-intermediate German III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 211 Pre-intermediate Japanese I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 212 Pre-intermediate Japanese II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 213 Pre-intermediate Japanese III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 221 Pre-intermediate French I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 222 Pre-intermediate French II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 223 Pre-intermediate French III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 231 Pre-intermediate Chinese I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 232 Pre-intermediate Chinese II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 233 Pre-intermediate Chinese III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 241 Pre-Intermediate Spanish I 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 242 Pre-Intermediate Spanish II 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGL 243 Pre-Intermediate Spanish III 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Global Citizenship
ICGN 126 Plant Society 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 106 Fashion and Society 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 112 Geography of Human Activities 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 123 Tourism Concepts and Practices 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 130 Political Science 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 131 Introduction to International Studies 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 132 Career Preparation in a Globalized World 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 133 Foundation of Mediterranean Cultures 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Global Citizenship
ICGS 143 Introduction to Air Transport and Tourism 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Global Citizenship

Remarks: For ID64, ICGS 111 Exploring Religions has been moved from “Global Citizenship Basket” to “Life Appreciation Basket”

Critical Thinking (4 credits)

Explore thinking processes and practice, different methods of data collecting and management, how to make a logical and ethical judgement, ways to formulate solutions to the unanswered, and ways to express opinions and ideas through creative communication.

Critical thinkers develop an ability to analyse problems, propose informative solutions that incorporate a variety of perspectives and achieve progressive results.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGH 101 Biotechnology: from Science to Business 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 102 Famous Arguments and Thought Experiments in Philosophy 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 103 Logic, Analysis and Critical Thinking: Good and Bad Arguments 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 105 Technology, Philosophy and Human Kind: Where Are We Now?! 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 106 The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 107 Contemporary Art and Visual Culture 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 109 Creative Thinking Through Art and Design 4 (2-4-6) FAA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 110 Drawing as Visual Analysis 4 (2-4-6) FAA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 115 Cinematic Languages and Its Application 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 124 Life Drawing and Anatomy 4 (2-4-6) FAA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 125 How Can We Know What Is Good? Moral Reasoning and Behavior 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Critical Thinking
ICGH 126 Behavioral Ethics: Why Good People Do Bad Things 2 (2-0-4) BA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGN 107 The Chemistry of Everyday Life 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Critical Thinking
ICGN 111 Physics for CEO 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Critical Thinking
ICGN 123 The Earth’s Dynamic Structure 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Critical Thinking
ICGN 127 Practical Mathematics 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 103 Economics in Modern Business 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 105 Personal Financial Management 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 113 Perspectives on the Thai Past 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 134 Is Democracy Good? 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 135 Entrepreneurial Accounting 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Critical Thinking
ICGS 144 Price Discrimination: Why Do We Pay More Than Others? 1 (1-0-2) BA GE_Critical Thinking

Leadership (4 credits)

Understand how to drive change for the benefit of society and enhance interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and creativity in real-life situations.

Leaders aim to instill a sense of altruism, harmony, and social responsibility in the students. They learn to work collaboratively at an early stage of their professional life. This is done through discussion, problem analysis, and projects that address community needs.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGN 114 The Scientific Approach and Society 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Leadership
ICGN 128 Climate Emergency, Biodiversity Crisis, and Humanity at Risk 2 (1-2-3) SCI GE_Leadership
ICGS 104 Essentials of Entrepreneurship 4 (4-0-8) BA GE_Leadership
ICGS 118 Skills in Dealing with People Across Cultures 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 121 Abnormal Colleagues: How Do I Make This Work? 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 136 Social and Health Issues in Thailand 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Leadership
ICGS 137 Witchcraft and Gender Representation 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 138 Business Event Essentials 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Leadership
ICGS 139 Leadership and Change for a Global Society 4 (4-0-8) THM GE_Leadership
ICGS 145 Service-Learning – Management of Community Service Project 4 (2-4-6) BA GE_Leadership
ICGS 146 Community Service Learning Project 4 (2-4-6) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 147 Women in Leadership 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 148 Service Learning – Digital Campaign for Gender Issues 4 (2-4-6) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 149 Service Learning – Making Change 4 (2-4-6) SS GE_Leadership
ICGS 150 Service Learning – Campaigning for a Cause 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Leadership
ICGS 151 Service Learning – The Art of Leadership in Practice 4 (2-4-6) HLD GE_Leadership
ICGS 152 Fantasy Literature’s Environmental Message 4 (4-0-8) HLD GE_Leadership
ICLL 101 Personal Development 2 (2-0-4) OAA GE_Leadership

Digital Literacy (4 credits)

Act appropriately and ethically in an online environment and culture. Digital literacy provides an understanding of online safety, digital culture and its influence on society, the implementation of media and data ethics in an online environment.

Digital literates develop abilities to navigate, communicate and collaborate through online platforms, as well as to evaluate the validity and authenticity of the wealth of information available online.

Code Title Credit Division Basket
ICGH 111 Media Literacy: Skills for 21st Century Learning 4 (4-0-8) FAA GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 116 Understanding and Visualizing Data 4 (3-2-7) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 118 Everyday Connectivity 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 119 Computer Essentials 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 129 Programming for Problem Solving 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 130 Cryptography: The Science of Making and Breaking Codes 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 131 Digital Search Literacy 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 132 Digital Security and Privacy 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 133 Technology behind E-Business and Digital Strategies 4 (4-0-8) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGN 134 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 2 (2-0-4) SCI GE_Digital Literacy
ICGS 140 Fake News, Censorship and the Politics of Truth 4 (4-0-8) SS GE_Digital Literacy
ICLL 102 Skills for a Digital World 2 (2-0-4) OAA GE_Digital Literacy

General Education Electives (2-6 credits)

Students need to take any GE courses to fulfill their 38 credits requirement for General Education: 2 credits for students who are placed into the English Communication ‘ERS track’ or ‘GC Track’ and 6 credits for students who are placed into the English Communication ‘Advanced GC Track’. Partial credits of GE courses that exceed the GE requirements cannot be counted towards Free Electives.

Additional Information

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