The General Education III Program was developed collaboratively by the faculty and students of SUNY New Paltz. It reflects the mission and characteristics of the college and an appreciation for the changing conditions of knowledge, pedagogy, and the contemporary world. The program exposes students to the areas of knowledge that characterize a broadly educated person and it is designed to assist them in developing a global perspective as well as an understanding of the traditions and complexities of a democratic society.
Balancing learning experiences in four different knowledge areas--Arts and Humanities, Scientific Investigations, Global Perspectives, and The United States and Its Traditions--the General Education program provides both discipline-based and interdisciplinary opportunities for advancing knowledge. A defining feature of General Education III is its attention to developing the capacities of students to think critically while providing them with the breadth and depth of knowledge that will allow them to become active citizens and productive members of their society. Students develop the capacity for critical thinking as their competencies in the areas of Effective Expression, Systematic Inquiry, Information Literacy, and Ethical Reflection are addressed in both lower-division and upper-division courses throughout the program.