General education is the
distinguishing feature of higher education. It is
a broadly-based core of humanistic knowledge and
abilities, the acquisition of which is the distinctive
characteristic of the educated person. General education
courses emphasize the ability to reason, to examine
issues from different perspectives, to challenge
authority, and to communicate ideas logically and
confidently. They instill openmindedness, respect
for differences among people, and knowledge of self.
By exposing students to different fields of study,
general education courses provide an understanding
of the human condition and of human accomplishments
and encourage a lifelong interest in learning.
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