Students engage in a "Teaching Shakespeare" class

Fredonia Foundations (General Education)

Fredonia's general education program (Fredonia Foundations) facilitates students’ acquisition of the knowledge and skills required to be creative, responsible, and engaged global citizens. At Fredonia, general education emphasizes integrated, interdisciplinary skills, competencies, experiences, and perspectives that foster critical thought and form the foundation for lifelong learning.

Fredonia Foundations, the General Education program offered at SUNY Fredonia, provides courses that develop our students’ capacity to become skilled, creative, responsible, and connected global citizens.

By exploring critical ways of knowing, practicing essential skills, and augmenting core competencies, you will accumulate a rich storehouse of perspectives on—and assemble your own toolkit of approaches to—understanding, analyzing, contextualizing, and solving the problems of today and tomorrow.  Fredonia Foundations will provide you with an intellectual foundation for making reasoned judgments outside and inside your academic field.  Our coursework will prepare you to meet the rapidly changing demands of the 21st century.  With the content knowledge and skills you learn in Fredonia Foundations, you will be prepared to shape communities, polities, societies, and economies in and beyond Fredonia as a lifelong learner engaged in leadership and service.

SUNY recently updated the system-wide requirements for General Education and our campus has updated Fredonia Foundations as a result.  Any student who enrolled here or at any SUNY school before Fall of 2023 will complete our previous program, Fredonia Foundations ’17 (FF17).  First-time students who enroll in Fall 2023 or after will complete Fredonia Foundations ’23 (FF23).  The infographics below should help! Questions? Just check your DegreeWorks page or ask your advisor.


The Infographic Below Reflects Fredonia Foundations 2017 (FF17)

This is the program of study that a student should complete if they began at their studies at Fredonia or another SUNY before Fall of 2023. 

Fredonia Foundations 2017 (FF17) Information (JPG)


The Infographic Below Reflects Fredonia Foundations 2023 (FF23)

This is the program of study that a student should complete if they began at their studies at Fredonia or another SUNY in or after Fall of 2023. 

Fredonia Foundations 2023 (FF23) Information (JPG)