From the sciences to the humanities, General Education at Penn State is the keystone for preparing students to live and work in our diverse global society.

Building bricks representing a wall.

STRONG FOUNDATIONS
Develop and improve upon the skills that enable you to achieve your goals.

Globe with a ring around it.

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPLORATION
Expand your perspective and study beyond what you previously imagined.

Four puzzle pieces fitting together.

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING
Identify connections and ideas for a meaningful tomorrow.

Finn Nixdorf, Student in Political Sc
ience

General Education isn't just some requirement. Think of it as an opportunity to take classes that you didn't have the option to take in high school.

Finn Nixdorf '20 Political Science
How does General Education help students? Students acquire skills, knowledge, and experiences for living in interconnected contexts; making life better for themselves, others, and the larger world.
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How does General Education help students?

Students acquire skills, knowledge, and experiences for living in interconnected contexts; making life better for themselves, others, and the larger world.

Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences.

The boss can Google. Students must do more to build successful careers, finding connections in a complex world and sharing those insights effectively. General Education builds the background and skills to make a real difference.

Richard Alley GEOSC 10 Professor
Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
Eisenhower Teaching Award
Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Foreign Member of the Royal Society