General Education

The objective of general education at the State University of New York at Fredonia is to further the development of a total human being who seeks to relate learning and living, ideas and actions. The purpose of general education is to provide a broad context in which specialized education becomes more meaningful and with which students can thrive in a changing world regardless of their specializations. The general education requirements at Fredonia are provided within the framework of the College Core Curriculum (CCC). 

General Education Program Requirements (College Core Curriculum)

Each CCC category has essential student learning outcomes. All approved courses each category have gone through a rigorous review and are assessed regularly.

Approved courses, distributed as follows. 


Credit Hours

1.    Mathematics


2.    Natural Sciences
       (Two courses from different disciplines; only one may be from
       Mathematical Sciences or Computer & Information Sciences.
       Requirements for certification or licensure may be different;
       check with program Advisor.)


3.    Social Sciences
       (Two courses from different disciplines; only one may be from
       Business Administration, Education, History, Communication or
       Communication Disorders.)


4.    American History
       (Students who scored below 85 on the NYS American History and
       Government Regents Exam must take either HIST 105 or HIST 106
       or HIST 133 to meet this category; all other students may take a
       course in American History-A or American History-B.)


5.    Western Civilization


6.    Other World Civilizations


7.    Humanities


8.    Arts


9.    Foreign Language


10.  Basic Communication - Written


11.  Basic Communication - Oral



To demonstrate proficiency, students may do one of the following:

  • Score 85 or higher on a N.Y.S. Regents Foreign Language Exam.
  • Complete the externally-administered standardized test for foreign language of either the AP (3 or higher) or CLEP (50th percentile or higher).
  • Have native fluency of a language other than English. See World Languages and Cultures Department Chairperson for more information.
  • Study abroad with a language component (and submit a Course Appeal/Substitution request to the Office of the Associate Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support prior to traveling abroad), or
  • Successfully complete a 3-6 credit foreign language course at Fredonia in this category at the appropriate level (115 or 116 or 120/121).

Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program must demonstrate a language proficiency at the 116 level or beyond; in some cases this may mean also taking a 115 level course as a prerequisite.  For BA students, this prerequisite course does not count as completion of this category.  

To demonstrate proficiency, students enrolled in some professional programs, those leading to certification in elementary or secondary education, or programs leading to careers where there is likely to be significant contact with the hearing impaired (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Childhood Inclusive Education, Middle Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, Music Education, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology), may successfully complete 3 or 6 credits of ASL).  Inquiries related to the ASL proficiency should be directed to the Associate Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support.

Students unsure of their proficiency in any area other than ASL should consult with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Only the completion of a 115, 116, SPAN 120/121 or ASL course will earn credit hours; all other options will fulfill this category but earn 0 credit hours. 

Transfer Students
Transfer students may receive credit in categories 1 through 11 of the General Education Program for similar courses taken at other colleges or approved advanced placement courses and exams. Any course approved for the SUNY General Education Requirements from a SUNY college or university will be accepted as a course in the corresponding Fredonia CCC Category.

Questions pertaining to the CCC Program may be directed to the Associate Provost for Curriculum, Assessment, and Academic Support, 810 Maytum Hall, (716) 673-3717. More information on the General Education Program can be found on the general education web page at or by emailing

For more information on approved courses in each category, see the General Education Master List on the general education webpage.