general education program...centers on broad liberal arts themes
that are educationally sound, intellectually rigorous and well
integrated with the context of the educational mission.”
-North Central Association
2003 Evaluation of Hope College
Comments from the Director
General Education is sometimes called “the Core”—and
for good reason. The crucial intellectual skills, discernment and enlarged
sympathies provided by General Education courses form the vital center
of an education suitable for our rapidly changing, complex world.
A Hope College liberal arts education is anchored in
the Christian tradition. Hope is an academic community committed to free,
yet disciplined, inquiry
that seeks to be faithful to the Creator of all truth. The General
Education curriculum plays a vital role, providing the foundation and
building intellectual and personal maturity.
Hope’s General Education curriculum
develops crucial skills and habits for wisdom and effective
action, including strengths in oral and written communication.
balances flexibility and purposefulness—allowing
for personal choice.
explores life’s most important questions.
develops capacities for delight and creativity.
produces responsible, effective global citizens
motivated by God’s
love for all Creation.