WHAT IS GENERAL EDUCATION?
General Education includes subjects comprising the shared intellectual heritage of our diverse cultures. It teaches critical thinking and encourages accurate and effective communication. General Education supports the integration, synthesis, and application of knowledge, and includes proficiency in comunication and language, critical and analytial thinking, quantitative reasoning, scientific literacy and information literacy.
WHAT COURSES COMPRISE THE NEW 2013 GEN ED?
The new CUNY 2013 Gen Ed Program comprises a series of courses which all students must complete in order to graduate with a Bachelor's degree. The Program contains 14 courses in three categories: FOUNDATION, DISTRIBUTION, and INTEGRATION.
The INTEGRATION is the third and top level of courses in the Gen Ed Program. These courses bring together what students have studied on the Foundation and Distribution levels and provide an opportunity to integrate their skills and knowledge in two interdisciplinary courses. These courses are open only to students who have earned 60 credits or have an Associate's degree, i.e. juniors and seniors. Students also must have declared a major to register for these courses.
Students choose two courses from the four which are NOT in the same general field as their major.
- LEH 351 Studies in Science & Applied Perspectives
- LEH 352 Studies in Literature
- LEH 353 Studies in the Arts
- LEH 354 Historical Studies
- LEH 355 Studies in Philosophy, Theory & Abstract Thinking
Click here to see the course descriptions and list of excluded majors
At Lehman, INTEGRATION is part of the CUNY College Option (the other part is the Foreign Language Requirement in FOUNDATION)
The DISTRIBUTION consists of the next, second level of courses in the Gen Ed Program. These are courses on a broad range of topics. You will take one course from each of the five categories and a sixth from any category. You can not take more than two courses in any one discipline (i.e. with the same discipline code, like ENG or HIS or PHI).
The categories are:
- World Cultures and Global Issues
- The US Experience in Its Diversity
- Creative Expression
- The Individual and Society
- Scientific World
Note: At Lehman, DISTRIBUTION is the same as the CUNY Flexible Core.
Click here to see the list of DISTRIBUTION courses.
The FOUNDATION includes the first courses taken in the Gen Ed Program. These are basic courses and include:
- 2 English Composition Courses
- 1 course in Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning
- 2 courses in Foreign Language
- 1 Laboratory Science course
Click here to see the list of FOUNDATION Courses
Note: At Lehman, the FOUNDATION is the same as the CUNY Required Core plus Foreign Language (College Option)