Why Do I Have to Take General Education Classes?

22 Sep

Guest Blog from Elaine Marchello, Assistant Director, Assessment in the Office of Instruction & Assessment

Many times, the number one question students ask their advisors is why do I have to take these general education classes?  Well, the general education program is to help students become well-rounded and learn about topics that they would normally not be exposed to.  After taking all of your Trads, Indvs, Nats, and the rest, you should be better at thinking critically, using information effectively, communicating effectively and valuing differences.  Do you think it really matters?  Yes, it does!  The value of a liberal arts and sciences based education is important for you to be a complete package.  So, maybe you won’t meet the love of your life through general education, but you never know!  But, when it comes time to get a job or gain admission into graduate or professional school, having a good general education foundation will make you that complete student that programs like to admit. 

So in the future, don’t try to take the easiest gen ed or the one that is the least amount of work.  Take a gen ed that interests you and that can help make you a better person of the world.

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