Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

General Studies


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The General Studies Program is designed to support student development in the context of the goals of the College, and ultimately enhance the capacity for continued lifelong learning and effective citizenship by encouraging breadth of perspective regardless of vocation. Each program area has specific learning objectives as well. Courses may satisfy both major and general studies program requirements simultaneously.

Collegiate Skills (15 Credit Hours)


Effective Communication


Learning Objective


Students will be able to:

Develop and effectively communicate their ideas verbally and in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax, and organizational conventions based upon the rhetorical context.

Research, critically evaluate, and utilize evidence drawn from multiple types of sources appropriately cited to support their claims, ideas, and points of view.

Quantitative Reasoning


Learning Objective


Students will be able to:

Demonstrate competency in algebraic and numeric skills. Solve practical problems through the application of appropriate mathematical models.

Gather, organize and evaluate data to analyze real-world scenarios.

Apply various techniques employed in the analysis of data, understanding their power and limitations.

Course Options


Technology And Its Application (3 Credit Hours)


Learning Objective


Students will be able to:

Use appropriate technology to effectively evaluate and present information in appropriate formats to their intended audience. Identify the rights and responsibilities of working in an interconnected digital world using technology in a legal and ethical manner.

Apply technology skills appropriate to their disciplines to collaboratively and individually solve problems.

Perspectives On Values, Thought, And Aesthetics (6 Credit Hours)


Learning Objective


Students will be able to:

Analyze and reflect on creative and intellectual expressions of culture in their social and historical contexts.

Communicate essential understandings of culture or produce relevant and creative expressions of culture.

Course Options


Two (2) courses in art, literature, music, philosophy, speech and/or theatre. The courses must be in different areas.

  • Art 3 Credit Hours
  • English 3 Credit Hours
  • Music 3 Credit Hours
  • Philosophy 3 Credit Hours
  • Speech 3 Credit Hours
  • Theatre 3 Credit Hours

Methods Of Inquiry And Explanatory Schema (13 Credit Hours)


Learning Objective


Physical and Natural Science Objectives

Students will be able to:

Use scientific vocabulary, methods and reasoning to describe natural features and processes in the universe.

Distinguish between sources of information with a sound scientific basis and those sources that lack a scientific basis.

Social Science Objectives

Students will be able to:

Articulate the influence of various social science concepts, such as political ideologies, economic structure, social organization, cultural perceptions, individual behavior, and the interrelations of human and natural environments.

Identify how demographic characteristics impact the social sciences.

Locate reliable sources reflective of current methods in the social sciences for critical analysis and the development of an original thesis.

Course Options


Natural Science

One (1) physical science course and one (1) biological science course, at least one of which must include a lab

Biological Science Course - one (1) course


  • Biology course 3-4 Credit Hours

Physical Science Course - one (1) course


  • Earth Science 3-5 Credit Hours
  • Chemistry 3-5 Credit Hours
  • Physics 3-5 Credit Hours

Social Science


Two (2) courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology; one must involve the study of formal social systems (ECON, HIST, PSCI)

  • Anthropology 3 Credit Hours
  • Economics 3 Credit Hours
  • Geography 3 Credit Hours
  • History 3 Credit Hours
  • Political Science 3 Credit Hours
  • Psychology 3 Credit Hours
  • Sociology 3 Credit Hours

Cultural Literacy, Diversity And Equity (3 Credit Hours)


Learning Objective


Students will be able to:

Communicate an understanding of how their own cultural identity, experiences, and beliefs impact their worldview and engagement with others.

Analyze and reflect upon experiences and perspectives from diverse worldviews using humanistic, social or scientific perspectives.

Evaluate the role of socio-economics, culture and hierarchy in human society.

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