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GE Skills Improve Your Life

CSULB has adopted a set of essential skills that should be developed and practiced in your GE courses. They are:


Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Achieved through study in the Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Histories, Languages, and the Arts

Intellectual and Practical Skills


Personal and Civic Responsibility


Integrative Learning

Including Synthesis and Interdisciplinary Methods of Inquiry

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GE Skills = Your Future Success

Employers want to hire graduates with GE skills

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national association concerned with undergraduate liberal education, asked 305 employers across the nation what they want college graduates (their future employees) to be able to do. Employers want much more than just knowledge of a specific discipline.

Getting Good Jobs in the 21st Century:

Percentage of employers who want colleges to "place more emphasis" on essential learning outcomes:

Knowledge of Science and Technology82%
Knowledge of Global Issues72%
Teamwork Skills in Diverse Groups76%
Critical Thinking & Analytical Reasoning73%
Written and Oral Communication73%
Information Literacy70%
Creativity and Innovation70%
Complex Problem Solving64%
Quantitative Reasoning60%
Ethics and Values56%
Cultural values / traditions - U.S./global53%

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