The General Education program focuses on the areas of study that are widely regarded as essential for a well-educated person. The program as established by the College faculty and the SUNY Board of Trustees includes the traditional fields of knowledge and the skills that are fundamental to a liberal education. The development of the basic intellectual skills of writing well, speaking well, thinking critically, and understanding mathematical analysis, prepares students well for more advanced study in a major field.
In addition, the College’s General Education Knowledge Area requirements convey some of the accumulated insights about humankind and its artistic, cultural, and scientific achievements, the nature of human societies, the natural order, exploring the various ways in which we systematically seek knowledge and understanding in many fields. Finally, the program provides opportunities for students to make connections as they pull together information from different fields and apply this knowledge to the analysis of real problems in contemporary society, including diversity and gender issues.
The Traditional General Education Program is the subject of this section. Before choosing a General Education option, students should also examine the Delta College Program and the Honors College Program.
During the most recent revision of Brockport's Traditional General Education Program student learning outcomes were written for all components of the program. Courses approved for the various components provide instruction guided by those learning outcomes. All courses approved for the General Education program are approved by the General Education Committee of the College Senate and, if designed to meet the Trustees outcomes, by SUNY as well.
Please note that the student’s General Education program requirements are set by student matriculation date and are listed in the College Catalog in effect in the year of matriculation. Students may have different Traditional General Education Program requirements depending upon whether or not they have any prior college credit, AP examination or CLEP examination credit. For most accurate information on the program requirements, consult the General Education Requirements page in the College Catalog. For matriculated students, the degree audit will track the completion of the General Education requirements. Students are responsible for consulting their audit frequently to make certain that these requirements are being completed in a timely manner. Certain transferred courses can be used to meet General Education requirements and students should make certain that transferred courses appear on the degree audit as well.
All proposals for new courses in the General Education program or modifications of existing General Education courses must be submitted to the College Senate in the form of Senate Resolutions. Review and decisions on these Resolutions is carried out by the College Senate’s General Education Committee. For information on submitting and obtaining approval of General Education Courses, please see the College Senate website.