A key purpose of General Education is to provide the components of a liberal education that develop and cultivate the capacities required for effective social, intellectual, and cultural engagement in a diverse democratic society and global environment. The General Education program provides the opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and values that support full social participation and citizenship.
One must have the critical analytical and communication skills, as well as knowledge of the natural, social, and quantitative sciences, to understand and argue the important issues of the day. Furthermore, these issues call for aesthetic and ethical values and reflection that are developed most profoundly through the arts and humanities.
Know the World. Demonstrate knowledge of the natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and human societies. Apply knowledge to real-world situations. Recognize the inevitable limits of your own perception and understanding. Think Critically. Read, analyze, and understand complex texts or quantitative information. Use evidence to critically evaluate or defend a point of view. Understand and critically evaluate ethical or aesthetic points of view. Solve Problems. Locate, evaluate, and/or use research sources. Formulate and/or apply models to evaluate problems and draw conclusions. Respect Others. Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement. Recognize your place in the world in relation to others. Express Yourself. Write in a coherent, analytical, and persuasive manner. Speak respectfully, articulately and coherently in informal discussions or formal presentations.
The general education curriculum is composed of 36 credit hours in the disciplines of English, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The curriculum requirements are outlined in the General Education Requirements section.
Lower-level students will have at least 24 credit hours available as electives within the first 60 hours. These electives should enable the interested student either to broaden his/her horizons or take the initial steps toward the major field of specialization.
This curriculum was planned to complement the special requirements of the University’s existing majors and to provide a solid foundation for pre-professional programs.
All teacher education majors must satisfy a general knowledge test requirement before admission to the College of Education and Human Services.
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