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Your college education belongs to you. It is a foundation of the work you will do and the life you will live. You will get the most out of your education—and do your best work—if what you learn is relevant to you and excites you.

Therefore, at the University of Miami you can construct your learning around your individual strengths, interests, curiosities, passions, and goals. This is the principle behind our Cognates Program of General Education, which begins with the Class of 2017.

More Options, More Opportunities

The University of Miami offers students a unique array of learning options in our nine undergraduate schools (Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Marine Science, Frost School of Music, Nursing and Health Studies) and two graduate professional schools (Miller School of Medicine, School of Law). The Cognates Program allows you to use those options to create an education that is both broad and deep and that displays who you are and what you care about.

At the University of Miami, we ask our students to ground their learning and have substantive experience in the three classical areas of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, People and Society, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Our students will achieve that educational goal through the Cognates Program.

A cognate is a set of at least three courses that relate to one another. For example, a cognate might focus on a discipline (The World of Music), a genre (Epic Literature), a problem (Environmental Policy), a topic (Earth, Stars, Wind, and Water), a region (Religion in the Americas), a method (Applied Ethics), a time period (The Ancient World), or some other principle of coherence that the faculty devises. Cognates come from all of our nine undergraduate schools, some with courses from the Miller School of Medicine or the School of Law, and are divided into the three areas of knowledge. As active researchers, our faculty know that knowledge is cumulative and transcends a single course.

The structure of the Cognates Program is straightforward: Your major will fall into one of the three areas of knowledge, and you will complete two additional cognates of your own choosing: one in each of the two areas of knowledge outside your major.

This structure allows you to build your learning on extensive engagement with at least three subjects in the basic areas of knowledge. It makes it easy for you to draw from UM's unique range of schools and craft an education that combines, for instance, music, politics, and biology; or health care, religion, and mathematics; or business, the environment, and literature; or multiple other possibilities that mix your curiosities, loves, concerns, and career explorations.

The Cognates Program fuses the University's intellectual strengths with your distinctive interests and allows your educational passions to drive your learning. A University of Miami education is broad, deep, exciting, substantive, and uniquely your own.

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The cognates listed in the above search engine have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee for the current academic year. More cognates will be added to the search engine as they are approved.