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: http://www.fgcu.edu/Catalog/genedreq.asp
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: http://www.fgcu.edu/General_Education/learninggoals.html)
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.