General Studies

The Department of General Studies exists to help undergraduate students transition to university-level curriculum, set academic and life goals, and develop academic skills and attitudes required for personal and professional success.

General Studies courses and peer-programming are designed to come alongside students to foster confidence and competence across all areas of study.

Student Goals

Students who participate in General Studies programming will:

  • Take responsibility for their academic progress and success.
  • Understand their own learning process and how to apply success strategies to all undergraduate coursework.
  • Learn about all support services available to them throughout their academic career.
  • Seek appropriate and timely help to reach personal and academic goals.

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Academic Courses

Supporting students’ academic success is an important responsibility. Olivet has a variety of General Studies courses in place to support students as they pursue their degrees. Courses are provided for students who want to reinforce the foundational skills necessary to meet and exceed expectations for undergraduate coursework. General Studies includes the First-Year Seminar for all freshmen, Essentials of Learning and Success Strategy courses, as well as coursework for students still seeking their major/area of interest. Supplemental course instruction is offered for several general education courses. 

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