What is General Education?
General Education is shared by all degree-seeking students. Gen Ed credits (~34-41) account for about 2/3 of the Associate's and 1/3 of the Bachelor's degrees. Through core and breadth courses, Gen Ed provides broad exposure to diverse disciplines and is the foundation for developing intellectual tools and responsibility to the self and others.
What is the Mission of General Education?
The purpose of the Weber State University General Education program is to provide students with foundational knowledge and intellectual tools that enhance and transcend their academic program of study. The big questions posed by General Education courses address significant issues about the world. General Education courses help students apply their learning and develop personal and social responsibility, which is demonstrated through signature assignments.
Why is General Education required?
Gen Ed is not a random series of courses to "get out of the way" - it is a program of courses to lead the way to students' future success in higher education, the workplace, and the community. Because Gen Ed courses are framed around a Big Question, which is tapped by a Signature Assignment, students repeatedly exercise Gen Ed Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and "cross-train" their mind. Gen Ed helps students acquire transferable skills, expand their perspective on the world, explore possibilities and opportunities, and discover the unexpected.
Area Mission and Learning Outcomes
The table provides the mission statements and learning outcomes for the five CORE and 3 BREADTH areas of general education at Weber State University.
- American Institutions
- Quantitative Literacy
- Diversity (sunsets with 2022-23 catalog; replaced with EDI)
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) (effective 2023-24 catalog)
- Information Literacy