The general education curriculum is dedicated to providing students the opportunity to acquire the skills, the experiences and the knowledge needed to achieve broad philosophical, historical, aesthetic and scientific bases for understanding and judging human experience, in the hope that they will enjoy lives characterized by broad vision, self-knowledge, independent action, tolerance and concern for others. As means to that end, the university requires all students to complete a set of courses designed to:

  • Invigorate and stimulate intellectual curiosity
  • Broadly prepare students in a diverse set of disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the fine arts
  • Encourage intellectual inquiry in sufficient depth to allow one to contribute to a greater body of knowledge
  • Develop expressive capabilities in writing, speaking, and the arts
  • Cultivate world citizenship-an understanding of those not like oneself
  • Integrate knowledge into a meaningful synthesis

The general education requirements include: