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General Education

George Mason University’s general education program ensures that students obtain a solid base of critical thinking skills  on which to build the more specific knowledge of their major programs.   The general education program includes four required components: foundation requirements in oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning and information technology; core distributional requirements in literature, arts, natural sciences, western civilization, global understanding, and the social and behavioral sciences; a synthesis course; and a writing-intensive course in the major field.

The program is overseen by a University Standing Committee of thirteen faculty members, and provides discipline-specific resources for faculty to develop new courses that will fulfill general education requirements.

The program will be reviewed and updated in the 2012-2013 academic year.

Questions?  Please contact Marcy Glover, Manager, Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Programs, at 703-993-8722.