General Education Courses

School of General Education

The Purdue Global School of General Education supports the academic, social, personal, and professional development of students.

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National Recognition

AGLS_AwardKaplan University (now Purdue Global) received the 2016 Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) Exemplary Program Award in Revision or Enhancement of a Program. The award recognizes the University's continuous quality improvement process in its approach to online course assessment and integration of general education outcomes. 

AGLS is a national organization dedicated to sustaining general education and liberal studies programs at institutions across the United States. Learn more about AGLS.

School of General Education

The School focuses on the academic skills that enrich our personal and professional lives, from communicating effectively and thinking critically, to making ethical decisions and solving complex problems, to valuing the humanity, diversity, and wonders of nature which make our planet a wonderful place to call home. Wherever you are in your personal or professional journey, we can help you continue to expand your horizons, make new discoveries, and gain new insights in the fields of communication, culture and society (which reflect the fields of the humanities and social sciences), ethics, mathematics, and science. 

The Purdue Global School of General Education courses support the academic, social, personal, and professional development of learners throughout their engagement with the University. We also provide a learning experience that is designed to be engaging, enjoyable, and applicable to students’ personal and professional lives, while preparing students to meet expectations in chosen fields of study. Purdue Global is committed to professional and career preparation for all graduates. 

Gen Ed - Dr. Jody DeKorte 

Meet the Dean: Jody Dekorte, PhD

Jody served as the first chair of the Mathematics General Education Literacy Group, helping to develop the Mathematics General Education Literacies.

DR. JODY DEKORTE

 

General Education Courses Overview

The School of General Education provides instruction in composition, mathematics, social science, science, humanities, and student success.

Gen Ed - Communication Communication Courses

The field of communication involves all the ways in which humans communicate with one another, whether through reading, writing, speaking, singing, or even text messaging. Communication is interested both in how we communicate and how we can communicate better. Understanding our purpose, audience, and topic allows us to best convey our intended message. 

Gen Ed - Culture Culture and Society Courses

 The study of any culture and society is enriched by an interdisciplinary use of methods and theories from history, anthropology, sociology, and gender studies. These disciplines illuminate through observations and material data how social groups are formed, and how and why people interact in the way they do in the past and present. The social sciences and humanities are all about asking big questions and discovering practical answers to the various aspects of the human experience.

Gen Ed - Ethics Ethics Courses

The field of ethics is at its heart the philosophical study of right and wrong. Studying ethics helps us understand how to make moral decisions, how to identify ethical dilemmas, and how to make tough choices in a complicated world. Ethical decision making is an important skill in business, health care, the law, and, in fact, all careers. It is also an important skill to possess in one’s personal life.

Gen Ed - Math Mathematics Courses

Mathematics is a science and a language. The field of mathematics is interested in revealing the patterns and relationships that help us understand the world around us. The term mathematics is often used to describe many areas such as number theory, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, and geometry. These are areas that, through their concepts and formulas, govern numbers, quantities, measures, shapes, and sets.

Gen Ed - Science Science Courses

Science as a discipline is about discovery and knowledge. It is the systematic, yet objective, approach of acquiring an understanding of our natural world and beyond as we try to satisfy our innate curiosities. Science is an integral part of all fields and disciplines—it permeates our daily lives and drives our actions. 

Single Course Enrollment Option

Purdue Global offers single courses to general, non-degree seeking students. You may petition for your completed single courses to count toward your degree or certificate program, should you choose to enroll in a corresponding degree program at Purdue Global. 

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Featured Faculty

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  • GenEd_Russell Fail Thumb In the Humanities Department, Dr. Fail is a course leader in our Ethics course. He has been a strong member of the team since 2002.

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Articles and Publications

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  • Gen Ed - Going Green Article Going ‘green’ is not only better for you and the planet, but it could put some extra green in your wallet. 

    Saving Green by Living Green

     

     

  • Gen Ed - Math I have been teaching math for several years in an online format. Whenever I share with people that I teach math online, they say they could never take a math course online, often questioning whether or not a student can be successful. The quick answer is, “Yes!”  

    Learning Math Online »