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Hallmarks Program for General Education

General education at Philadelphia University focuses on eight key qualities that are essential for your personal and professional success. Our Hallmarks Program identifies and develops these qualities as you advance through your major, your general education core curriculum (the Hallmarks Core), and your co-curricular activities (internships, study abroad, student organizations, etc.), preparing you to be a leader in your field.

The Hallmarks Program for General Education at Philadelphia University empowers students to:

  • Question, based on curiosity and confidence

  • Adapt, based on contextual understanding and global perspective

  • Contribute, based on empathy and collaboration

  • Act, based on initiative and ethical reflection

with the goal of imagining and realizing better futures.

During your time here at PhilaU, you will build your Hallmarks Folio, an electronic portfolio that collects 20 highlights of your academic work and experiences and uses them to chart your progress towards the Hallmarks learning goals. Eight of them will be work from your major, eight will be from your work in the Hallmarks Core, and the remaining four can be taken from your co-curricular experiences or other academic work that you have done.

Your e-portfolio charts your intellectual growth and demonstrates your mastery of these eight vital competencies.


To learn more about the values and goals of the Hallmarks Program, and about the design thinking methods used in its development, click here to see our article in Peer Review, published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.