The effectiveness of an education in the liberal arts and sciences is critically dependent upon the broad foundation of studies referred to as GE. Through our GE program, students learn a variety of basic skills and modes of disciplinary inquiry. General education courses are not simply the preliminary and introductory studies of the various disciplines; rather, they provide the necessary context for the more specific study in the major and for the selection of appropriate electives. The courses within the various areas and sub-areas, investigate the complexity of the human experience in a diverse natural and social world, and promotes informed and ethical participation as citizens of the world. To achieve this, the program aims to develop within each student: (1) a foundation of intellectual skills and capacities; (2) a social and global knowledge; (3) an understanding and use of multiple methods of inquiry and approaches to knowledge; and (4) capacities for integration and lifelong learning.