The General Education Experience
A major provides the depth in a student’s pool of learning. General Education provides its breadth. Unexplained or misunderstood, General Education seems a burden, another page from the do-it-because it’s-good-for-you handbook. Explained and understood, General Education becomes an opportunity to discover, to enhance, to experience, to grow. Delivered coherently and with enthusiasm, and received the same way, the perception of General Education changes from bafflement to benefit. So, too, do its outcomes. Stony Brook’s new General Education experience embodies new and exciting opportunities with fewer credits, more flexibility, and interesting options.
- Clarity of Purpose
- Experience beyond the Classroom
- Unifying Themes
- Simplicity, Flexibility and Accessibility
General Education Philosophy
Based on our four guiding principles, the General Education Committee concluded that the essence of a college general education should be organized into four structural components.
- Acquire and Practice Foundational Skills
- Synthesize Knowledge into Understanding
- Develop and Exercise Civic Responsibility
- Apply Knowledge and Skills beyond the Classroom
- Opportunities and Advantages for Stony Brook Students
- Opportunities and Advantages for Stony Brook Faculty
- Opportunities and Advantages for Stony Brook Administrators