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What is the importance of General Education?

  1. General education is a way of insuring that students exit college with a broad range of knowledge and skills. College graduates should know at least something about a variety of different areas of study to be well-rounded individuals. Connected with this, general education should be personally enriching.
  2. Most students enter college not knowing what they want or need out of the college experience. Gen Ed. allows them to explore options while at the same time making progress to their degree, even if they don’t yet know what they wish to major in. This progress should be reasonably transferrable to other institutions.
  3. Skills learned in general education courses are often of greater importance to student’s lives and subsequent careers than the content of what students learn.  The wider range of experiences provided by a general education curriculum ensures that they have mastered a greater range of such skills, because different disciplines have different expectations for students.
Core Curriculum
  • Area I: Written Composition
  • Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Area III: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Area IV: History, Social, & Behavioral Sciences
Oral Communication
  • Students will be able to compose a message and provide ideas and information suitable to the topic, purpose, and audience. Students will deliver messages with attention to vocal variety, articulation, and nonverbal signals.
General Education
  • The University of South Alabama defines general education as that part of the curriculum shared by all students.
Writing Across Curriculum
  • The student will demonstrate effective writing skills.
  • Students will be able to use computer technology to access, retrieve, process, and communicate information.
  1. General Education
  2. Core Curriculum
  3. Writing
  4. Oral Communication
  5. Technology

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South is a place where students discover and strengthen their passions, find their career paths, and form connections that result in lifelong relationships. At South, we look at the world and see things that we have the power to change, affect and shape — together. So that’s exactly what we do, every single day. Read more about Students at USA.


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We Are Scholars
A South education allows students to explore and develop interests that build the foundation of lifelong career paths. Our faculty are dedicated to helping students reach their maximum potential. And with more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, South provides plenty of avenues for discovery. Read more about Academics at USA.


We Are Innovators
USA researchers are problem-solvers and pioneers, and our faculty often collaborate across disciplines. The outcomes are high-quality scholarship, global partnerships, new information and opportunities, the transformation of traditional disciplines, and innovations that benefit society. Read more about Research at USA.


We Are One Team
South’s student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports, demonstrating excellence on the field and in the classroom. The Jaguars are a charter member of the Sun Belt Conference, and our alumni have gone on to notable professional careers in baseball, basketball, golf and football. Read more about Athletics at USA.

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