General education requirements (GER) are those courses or groupings of courses that each student, regardless of major or degree, must take to graduate. The purposes of GER include the acquisition and development of skills and knowledge deemed essential to living as productive and responsible citizens. The GER at YSU are founded in thirteen goals adopted by the YSU Academic Senate in May 1994, enumerated in the undergraduate bulletin, available online.
The purpose of the general education requirements is to foster:
Qualities such as curiosity, intellectual honesty, fairness, civility, and an openness to ideas and the sharing of knowledge
Thinking that is critical, independent, and objective
Integration of knowledge across disciplines
The ability to function effectively in a technological society
Understanding of the importance of studying the past and present
Appreciation of literature and the arts as expressions of human culture
Recognition of the importance of acting as informed, responsible, democratically-minded citizens and members of the global community
And an attitude that learning is a personal and a collaborative process exercised over a lifetime.
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