General Education


How do students benefit from taking general education courses?


ETSU wants every student to experience certain benefits of an undergraduate education, regardless of his or her field of study or career goals. ETSU's general education requirements are designed to help students:

  • Think for themselves, support their opinions, and be insightful readers and listeners;

  • Keep learning and growing throughout their lives;

  • Gain greater understanding of their lives and the world in which they live;

  • Resolve conflicts nonviolently and solve problems creatively, often by working with others;

  • Appreciate the value of living in a diverse society;

  • Be active, involved citizens in their communities and the larger world;

  • Find greater joy, meaning and fulfillment in their lives and help others do the same.
ETSU's general education program seeks to help students acquire the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities they need to achieve these goals.