GenEd is about making connections. From global terrorism to global climate change, from digital mapping to the future of media, GenEd classes involve looking at cutting edge issues from multiple perspectives. GenEd draws connections too with the city of Philadelphia, as classroom study is integrated with Temple's dynamic urban environment.

GenEd facilitates linkages by building courses around the development of eight essential skills and abilities. The Program in General Education provides opportunities for students to foster the following competencies.