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The GE program at Chapman reflects the University’s mission to provide its students with a personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens.  

We therefore encourage students to be actively involved in shaping and personalizing their GE program in ways that provide the most benefit for their individual educational journey at Chapman. The choices you make in the GE program will allow you to develop new areas of knowledge and to make connections across courses and disciplines and between your GE program and your overall academic plans. It’s your responsibility to make the choices that best let you integrate your GE courses with your major, minor, and larger learning goals. You have academic advising and the faculty advisor in your major to provide support to you as you develop your overall academic plan.

The GE program goals are to help students:

  • Develop the means of critical inquiry in academic and civic matters
  • Gain breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and depth of knowledge in areas unique to Chapman
  • Cultivate ethical awareness in learning and practice
  • Engage in experiential learning as thoughtful, principled citizens in a local and global sense
  • Become independent thinkers able to sustain a lifelong desire for intellectual growth

The GE Program Requirements:

The GE program has four parts. These four categories let you develop breadth, make interdisciplinary connections, and pursue your interests. Read about each category and consider ways in which your choices in each strengthen your overall academic plan.  

To read, view, and design your academic plan, see below for each part of the GE Program.

  • Freshman Foundations Program -  The Freshman Foundations Course (FFC) is the common starting point of the General Education program. All entering freshmen enroll in an FFC section of their choice, and all sections, while varying in topic, share the same learning goal: in FFC, students critically analyze and communicate complex issues and ideas.
  • Shared Inquiry Courses - Shared inquiry courses are distinguished primarily by inquiry approaches rather than individual disciplinary areas.
  • Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster - Provides students an opportunity to explore an area of interest from an inter/multidisciplinary focus.
  • Global Citizen Cluster - Allows students to explore the diversity inherent in our social and natural environments, including human diversity and world cultures.

Be sure to read the GE Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the flexible options of the GE Program. Your AAC Advisor can direct you to suggested GE program options by major.

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