General Education Requirements
Stanford’s General Education Requirements introduce students to the intellectual life of the University, emphasize important questions and illustrate how those questions may be approached from multiple perspectives. They are intended to develop a broad set of essential intellectual and social competencies, no matter what field a student eventually pursues.
Students have flexibility to select topics that appeal to them while building critical skillsets, exploring interests, forming relationships with faculty and peers, and forging connections between educational experiences in many spheres. Together with the major, these requirements serve as the nucleus around which students build their years at Stanford.
In order to graduate, undergraduates must complete the following General Education Requirements:
- Thinking Matters
- Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways)
- Writing and Rhetoric Requirement
- Language Requirement