General Education (Gen Ed)
GENERAL EDUCATION 3
All SUNY Oneonta students complete a group of core (General Education) liberal arts courses. The General Education requirements at Oneonta have been carefully devised to give students opportunities to enrich their own personal intellectual development and contribute to the quality of life of our larger community. General Education experiences are designed to help students learn to appreciate a multiplicity of perspectives concerning a wide array of topics and issues while mastering the skills of effective thinking, problem solving, and communication. The learning outcomes are defined below, with appropriate attributes in parenthesis.
- Only courses that carry an attribute in the Schedule of Classes in the semester they are taken may be used to satisfy SUNY-GER areas. Check the attribute column in the Schedule of Classes for SUNY-GER attributes.
- Transfer courses that fulfilled SUNY-GER at another SUNY school will fulfill SUNY-GER at Oneonta.
- SUNY-GER courses may overlap with major and minor courses unless specified otherwise in the major.
- Oneonta SUNY-GER courses must be taken for a letter grade.
- A course fulfills SUNY-GER if it carries at least 2.66 credits.
GENERAL EDUCATION 3 LEARNING OUTCOMES DEFINED/REQUIRED
Students must complete courses in 7 of the 10 general education categories, and a minimum of 30 semester hours total. Note: Where courses/credits are listed, it is possible a requirement may be met via exam. In such a case, credit is not earned, but the requirement is considered to be met.
- Mathematics (M3) Students will show competence in the following quantitative reasoning skills: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning.
- Basic Communication (BC3) Students will produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms; demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts; research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details; develop proficiency in oral discourse; and evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.
- Science (NS3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis; and application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
- Social Sciences (SS3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis; and knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences.
- Humanities (H3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program.
- The Arts (A3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.
- American History (AM3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of a basic narrative of American history: political, economic, social, and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society; knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups; and an understanding of America’s evolving relationship with the rest of the world.
- Western Civilization (WC3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of Western civilization, and relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world.
- Other World Civilizations (OW3) Students will demonstrate knowledge of either a broad outline of world history, or the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of one non-Western civilization.
- Foreign Language (FL3) Students will demonstrate basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language and knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.