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Welcome from the President

Welcome to Southeast Missouri State University and our nationally recognized General Education program!

We are pleased you chose Southeast and its outstanding faculty for your college education, an education that will undoubtedly prepare you to be as competitive and successful in life as are thousands of our graduates in such fields as business, politics, medicine, science, education, music, criminal justice, and the performing arts, to name just a few.

Our graduates are successful because they received a broad and extensive general education in our General Education program. Southeast's first-year experience program is among the best in the country and was rated by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."

Southeast students participating in our General Education and first-year experience programs are living in an era described by some as the "information age." Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in 2010, "Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003."

That doubling of information creates new technology, as well as new products and services. It is known that graduates entering the job market today can expect to have several different careers during their lifetimes. This makes it more urgent that you look upon your university experience as an opportunity to prepare yourself to cope with an ever-changing environment.

College is not just about preparing you to perform a specific job, although Southeast offers many opportunities for "real world experiences" to help launch your extraordinary career. Rather, your college experience is about creating an educated person, one who is able to function responsibly and successfully in whatever environment is encountered. Included in General Education Handbook are the nine "objectives" of General Education. Those objectives spell out the myriad of skills you will need for success during your lifetime of career changes. I hope you will consider your General Education courses to be the key to becoming a broadly educated human being, thus making your life and career a success.

Again, welcome to Southeast! We can't wait to see what you will do.


Carlos Vargas


Academic Hall 132

General Education Program
One University Plaza, MS 3400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701