Jacksonville State University’s General Education Competencies were developed in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the college responsible for providing JSU undergraduate students with a broad education, no matter what their major program of study. General education refers to knowledge, skills and belief systems that all graduates of a university should acquire and be able to demonstrate in their professions and communities. Knowledge includes understanding of mathematical concepts, American history, and scientific methods. All JSU graduates are also expected to be able to demonstrate writing skills, computer skills, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and leadership skills. It is also important for all JSU graduates to experience an engaging and excellent learning environment that is enriching and challenging through excellent academic courses. Students’ experiences should also include active and collaborative learning, quality interaction with faculty, and a supportive campus environment.
Jacksonville State University provides distinctive educational, cultural and social experiences for a diverse student population. As a learning-centered university, Jacksonville State University strives to challenge students academically in a responsive environment, meeting students' educational, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, Jacksonville State University seeks to produce broadly-educated graduates that are prepared for global engagement. As a public, comprehensive university, Jacksonville State University promotes excellence in scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths.