University General Education Requirements
The General Education Mission At George Mason University
The mission of George Mason University's General Education Program is to educate,
liberate, and broaden the mind, and to instill lifelong love of learning. In conjunction
with each student's major program of study and other electives, minors, or certificates,
this program seeks to produce graduates with intellectual vision, creative abilities,
and moral sensibility, as well as the skills to assure a well-rounded and useable
The General Education Program seeks four specific goals:
- General education courses should first ensure that all undergraduates develop
skills in information gathering, written and oral communication, and analytical
and quantitative reasoning.
- General education courses should expose students to the development of knowledge
by emphasizing major domains of thought and methods of inquiry.
- General education courses should enable students to attain a breadth of knowledge
that supports their specializations and contributes to their education in both
personal and professional ways.
- General education courses should encourage students to make important connections
across boundaries (for example: among disciplines; between the university and
the external world; between the United States and other countries).