About General Education


Missouri State University's General Education program prepares lifelong learners who will be informed and engaged citizens in a diverse, complex, and dynamic world. The program is built on a foundation of contemporary and enduring knowledge as well as opportunities to apply that knowledge. Drawing from many disciplines, it cultivates critical reasoning, problem solving, creative thinking, and effective communication skills. The program contributes to the university's public affairs mission by fostering cultural competence, ethical leadership, and community engagement.

Faculty Senate Approved November 10, 2011


To develop people capable of making thoughtful choices that lead to responsible participation in society and provides for learning that educated persons will use throughout their lives in their many roles and communities.

Why General Education?

Questions frequently arise among new college students concerning general education. The following are answers to some of the most common type of questions: