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Get Your Hands on Your Future
November 23, 1998
Revised: September 2002
|A. Composition Skills||8 credits|
Freshman English - Composition or
Freshman English - Composition or
Fundamentals of Speech
|B. Analytic Reasoning||6 credits|
Courses must be from areas including math, logic, statistics and computer science.
|C. Health and Physical Education||2 credits|
Courses must be from areas of health, physical education or nutrition.
|D. Humanities and the Arts||9 credits|
Courses must be from three or more areas including art history, creative arts, history, literature, music appreciation, performing arts, and philosophy.
|E. Social and Behavioral Sciences||9 credits|
Courses must be from three or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.
|F. Natural Sciences (with Lab)|
H. Interdisciplinary Studies
I. General Education Electives
Courses must be from categories A, B, D, E and H.
Definition: Communication Skills are the study and
application of expressive and receptive language skills, most often
exercised in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These
fundamental skills are basic to human development and academic
Criteria: To satisfy GE requirements for Communication Skills, courses must be general in nature. A course must include at least one of the following as the primary instructional purpose:
Definition: Analytic reasoning is the formulation and
critique of deductive and inductive arguments, both quantitative and
non-quantitative. This reasoning is essential to many intellectual
activities, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creating and
applying. This component requires students to engage in general learning
experiences in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.
Criteria: A course used to satisfy GE distribution requirements for Analytic Reasoning Skills must include the following as the primary instructional purpose:
Definition: Health enhancement is the study of physical and mental well-being.
Criteria: The primary intent of courses used to satisfy GE distribution requirements for Health Enhancement must include the following:
Definition: Physical activities are movement-related activities leading to wellness.
Criteria:The primary intent of courses used to satisfy the GE distribution requirements for Physical Activities must include one of the following:
Definition:The Natural Sciences are the sciences of the
physical world, its phenomena, and the laws governing these phenomena.
The branches of Natural Sciences--such as astronomy, geosciences,
biological sciences, chemistry, physics--deal primarily with matter,
energy, and their interrelations and transformations; with living
organisms and vital processes; with the laws and phenomena relating to
organisms, plants and animal life; with the physical processes and
phenomena of particular systems; and with the physical properties and
composition of nature and its products.
Criteria: Courses used to satisfy the GE distribution requirements for Natural Sciences must include, as primary instructional intent, all of the following:
At least one of the two required courses must include laboratory or field experience.
Definition:The social sciences formulate and verify general hypotheses regarding human behavior. The social sciences deal with the behavior of societal, economic, political and cultural groups. Consequently this component focuses on the academic disciplines of sociology, economics, political science and cultural anthropology, insofar as these disciplines deal with general and non-applied knowledge concerning social behavior.
Criteria:To satisfy the GE distribution requirements for Social Sciences, a course must include one or more of the following as the primary instructional purpose:
Definition: The behavioral sciences include general knowledge about the psychological behavior of human beings, insofar as this knowledge concerns the human being's relationships to the self and to other individuals. Criteria focus on the general and non-applied learning experiences in the academic field of psychology.
Criteria: To satisfy the GE distribution requirements for Behavioral Sciences, a course must include one of the following as the primary instructional purpose:
Definition: The Humanities investigate human constructs and values, as opposed to those studies that investigate natural and physical processes and those that are concerned with the development of basic or professional skills.
The humanistic disciplines--such as art history, history, music appreciation, literature, and philosophy--are concerned with questions, issues and concepts basic to the formation of character and the establishment of values in a human context; they induce an organic study of letters and knowledge; they provide literary, aesthetic and intellectual experiences which enrich and enlighten human life.
Criteria: Courses used to satisfy GE distribution requirements for the Humanities must employ (a) and one other of the following as the primary instructional purposes:
Definition: Arts employ conscious use of skill and creative imagination in the production of artistic objects or performances which stress values that stand outside conventional ideas of utility.
Criteria: Courses used to satisfy the GE distribution requirements for the Arts must include either of the following as the primary instructional purpose:
Definition: Technology is the knowledge, volition, and
process of utilizing tools, resources, and systems resulting in control
over the natural and artificial environment altering the human
Criteria: Courses used to satisfy the GE distribution requirements for Technology must include all of the following as primary instructional purpose:
Definition: Interdisciplinary Studies courses bridge
some of the criteria for two or more of the traditional General
Education categories. Interdisciplinary Studies courses explore subject
matter that overlaps such categories as Humanities and Natural Science
or Social Science and Technology, fostering transference of knowledge
between disciplines, applying methods of one discipline to one or more
others, encouraging critical thinking that involves the impact of one
discipline on others, and stimulating creative synthesis.
Criteria: Courses categorized as Interdisciplinary Studies must meet all of the following criteria. The primary instructional purposes will: