General Education provides the foundation for successful academic study, for life-long learning, and for carrying out the duties of local, national, & global citizenship.
You may wonder why you need to take natural science courses when your major is English or why you need to take a philosophy course when your major is pre-professional with a pre-med concentration. The answer to those questions stems from the reason you are here: to earn a bachelor’s degree. The curricular requirements for earning a bachelor’s (four-year) degree differ significantly from those of earning an associate’s (two-year) degree. In order to earn a bachelor’s degree, you must complete a broad-based curriculum (i.e., general education) that will form a solid foundation for your area of specialization. If your goal was to only take courses relating to your area of study, it would be better served by pursuing an associate’s degree.
For more details, please check out this specific section in the Undergraduate Catalog.