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General Education at Binghamton

Convinced that there are several areas of knowledge and experience that ought to be central to the academic experience of every undergraduate student, Binghamton University has adopted a comprehensive General Education curriculum. This curriculum has broad goals. It is intended to help students develop:

  • an appreciation of and capacity for effective personal expression;
  • knowledge about various intellectual traditions;
  • an understanding of and respect for different peoples and civilizations;
  • knowledge of and appreciation for the natural world, achieved through active engagement with the methods and philosophy of natural science;
  • logical thinking, balanced skepticism, and tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty;
  • a knowledge of and appreciation for the arts and creative expression;
  • skills needed to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources;
  • skills needed to understand and use basic research techniques
  • skills needed to perform the basic operations of personal computer use.

Students must fulfill requirements in the following categories:

  • Language and Communication
    • Composition (C) and Oral Communication (O) or Joint Composition/Oral Communication (J)
    • Foreign Language (FL1, FL2, FL3)
  • Creating a Global Vision
    • Global Interdependencies (G)
    • Pluralism in the United States (P)
  • Liberal Arts
    • Aesthetics (A)
    • Humanities (H)
    • Laboratory Sciences (L)
    • Social Sciences (N)
    • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Activity/Wellness
    • Combination of Physical Activity (Y), Wellness (S), or Both Physical Activity/Wellness (B)

General Education Requirements

For more information on the General Education requirements, please go to the Requirements page.

For a list of courses meeting General Education requirements offered for a specific semester, please log into BU Brain or go to the Schedule of Classes.

Last Updated: 7/12/19