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Current General Education Program (Summary)



The General Education Program at FGCU consists of 36 hours that students complete by taking two to three courses in the following five areas:

Communication (6 hours)

Mathematics (6 hours)

Humanities (9 hours)

Social Sciences (6-9 hours)

Natural Sciences (6-9 hours)

Details for course options for the 2012-13 Academic Year can be found here:

Our General Education Competencies are skill sets fundamental to student academic success. The competencies are clear, nationally-recognized, and measurable skills that all university graduates should be able to demonstrate (see also:

Competency 1: Quantitative Reasoning

  • Solve mathematical problems;
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data:
  • Summarize data into graphic and tabular formats;
  • Make valid inferences from data;
  • Distinguish between valid and invalid quantitative analysis and reasoning.

Competency 2: Written Communication

  • Employ the conventions of standard written English;
  • Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives;
  • Organize and present relevant content with coherence, clarity, and unity;
  • Develop research skills including the ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and accurately present and document information;
  • Use appropriate language to convey meaning effectively;
  • Apply critical reading skills.

Competency 3: Critical Thinking

  • Define an issue or problem using appropriate terminology;
  • Select, organize, and evaluate information;
  • Identify and analyze assumptions made by oneself and others;
  • Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences;
  • Develp and clearly state a position, taking into account all relevant points of view;
  • Formulate an informed and logical conclusion, and test it for viability.


History: Approved by General Education Council on 11/2/05; revised and approved on 4/12/11.