General Education

The basic foundation of General Education at SUNY Oswego consists of a set of required categories along with a group of categories under the heading of Student Choice from which approved courses can be taken in order to meet the total number of categories and credit hours required.  The SUNY competencies of critical thinking, oral communication, and information management are infused in each major, as is a substantial writing requirement in the major over and above that required in the SUNY general education.

In addition to the basic foundation remaining true, your general education requirement also remains true to the fundamental principle that general education plays a foundational role in preparing Oswego graduates to better engage in and contribute to the world.  It helps students hone the skills and habits of thought necessary to do well in university and, crucially, are critical to a life well lived after graduation. The choice element built into general education affords each student the opportunity to tailor their specific general education to best fit particular courses of study and personal interests.

Working with your advisor and the General Education field of your Degree Works audit will enable you to construct a general education program that does more than simply meet requirements: your general education program can help you to make connections between courses and, crucially, between yourself and the world.