The Center for General Education was formerly named the Branch of Humanities and was upgraded as a departmental unit under the College of Humanities and Education in 1999. We believe that general education is a means to achieving the goal of holistic education. Therefore, the mission of the Center is to promote General Education courses and activities and to assist in educating our students as a whole person, a person who is balanced in body, mind, and spirit.
The center offers a great variety of courses. Currently, there are 18 full-time faculty members in General Education. They are all professionals and experts in the fields, such as Philosophy, Literature, History, Education, Psychology, Law, Sociology, Political Science, Physics, Family Studies, Music, and Religious Studies.
The courses offered by the General Education Center are divided into four areas: the Creator, Humanity, the Entire Creation, and the Individual Self. A major characteristic of the curriculum is to provide balanced course selections to guide students to acquire general knowledge. More importantly, this curriculum design can accommodate to the needs of the students and social change at any time.
To qualify for graduation, students are required to complete 34 credits from the Center. The purpose is for students to strike a balance between their profession and general knowledge. Recently, the Center started several cross-disciplinary programs, including The Program of Digital Music Program, The Program of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Program of Humanity The programs are offered to provide students with different options in their career paths, and/or to enhance their life and job skills.
In addition to helping students acquire general knowledge, the Center for General Education also organizes a variety of educational activities to support course implementation for students’ continued exploration general education subjects. In other words, it aims to enhance students’ learning in and beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of events, including speeches on different topics, musical performances, Film festivals, dramas, and dances. These activities are given to help students to broaden their knowledge in general education, to emphasize the concept of humanism, as well as to broaden their vision. Notably, the activities have always been the most highly acknowledged events by faculty and students at CYCU.