General Studies Program

Introduction to the General Studies Program

Baccalaureate degrees are primarily composed of 3 components:

  1. Major courses
  2. General Studies courses
  3. Electives 

While classes within majors provide students with discipline-specific knowledge, those in the General Studies curriculum ensure that students possess a wide range of skills and knowledge to enhance their lives after graduation.  The knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained through General Studies transcend specific disciplines and are valued by employers at all levels and by society in general.  The General Studies attributes add to the professional and educated demeanors of college graduates and prepares them to reach greater levels of achievement.

Education prepares a student for changes that are inevitable in the twenty-first century workplace. More than ever, graduates must be able to make connections, think broadly and critically about ideas, utilize flexibility in decision-making and acquisition of knowledge, appreciate qualities of justice and altruism, and be able to look at the natural world and the works of human beings with a sense of wonder. These qualities are not just for the workplace.  Life is richer for individuals who are educated in the truest sense.  Fairmont State University supports a General Studies program so that our students appreciate the diversity of disciplines as they discover possibilities in their interdependence. 

An educated individual is not the same being as one who is merely trained.  Those who have taken advantage of a wide spectrum of coursework are not bracketed by their disciplines, but have possibilities for moving laterally and upwardly in their careers because of their broad base of knowledge.  In essence, educated people love to learn.  It is that quality that protects them from obsolescence