What Are General Education Courses and Why Are They Necessary?

Students have questioned the importance of general education courses since the inception of prerequisites. So, what exactly are general education courses?  And why do they matter? 

 

What is a general education course?

General education courses are required courses a student must take before they begin their major field of study or along with classes within their major.  College algebra, English composition, general psychology, history, government and sociology are just a few courses that may be “required” in order to complete an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

 

Why are general education courses necessary?

College and university accreditation requires all undergraduate degree programs include general education courses in order to maintain accreditation. These courses also help ensure a broad background in various disciplines and help academically prepare a student to pursue additional education.  In addition, general education courses help students begin to think critically about the world around them.

 

If students fully participate in general education courses, they will be amazed at both the depth and breadth of knowledge they will acquire.