Fulfilling General Education Requirements

Below is a general listing of those gateway courses that fulfill basic General Education competency requirements. In order to promote a breadth of educational experience, students are not allowed to fulfill General Education requirements by using required courses within their major. Besides these courses, students participate in national and College-developed assessment measures of their development in the all-College competencies. Transfer students, especially those with an A.A. or A.S. degree, will ordinarily have met those General Education requirements satisfied by 100- and 200-level coursework. Transfer students who have earned more than 12 academic credits are not required to take the First Year Seminar and may substitute an open elective. This exception does not apply to students who have earned college credits through Advanced Placement or other high school coursework. Transfer and upper division students may also petition to substitute a suitable advanced course for a gateway course. The General Education Program begins with the student’s choice of First Year Seminar and ends with the culminating Senior Capstone course within the selected major.

All students must complete the following general education requirements:

First Year Seminar
Student choice from list of available First Year Seminars

Written Communication
EN 101     Academic Writing I AND
EN 201     Academic Writing II

Spoken and Interpersonal Communication
CM 121     Effective Speaking AND
CM 301     Speech and Rhetoric OR
CM 313     Debate OR
CM 410     Advocacy and Public Communication OR
LG 3__      300 level language course OR
Communications intensive course (offerings vary by semester)

Computer Literacy
Pass the Computer Competency measure (information released during the Fall semester)
Click Student Resource Guide to review for Computer Competency Test.

Ethics
HU361      Commitment and Choice
OR
HU365      Ethics

Quantitative Literacy
Any college level mathematics course*
 
Cultural Literacy
Select course from this list:
EN 210     Approaches to Literature
EN 216     Shakespeare and His Rivals
EN 221     Ethnic American Literature
EN 342     Children’s Literature
FA 111      Art History I
FA 112      Art History II
HG 101     World Civilization to 1550
HG 102     World Civilization 1550 to Present
HG 121     U.S. History to 1877
HG 122     U.S. History 1877 to Present
HU 160     Introduction to Philosophy

Scientific Literacy
Select course from this list:
SB 110       Introduction to Anthropology
SB 120       Introduction to Psychology
SB 130       Introduction to Sociology
SM 111      Evolution, Ecology and Genetics
SM 112      Cellular and Organismal Biology
SM 116      Physical Science
SM 121      General Chemistry I
SM 140      Environmental Science

Diversity and Social Consciousness
Select course from this list:
ED/SB 151 The American High School
EN 221     Ethnic American Literature
FA 401      Contemporary Developments in the Arts
HG 211/311   History of Africa
HG 212/312   The African Diaspora
HG 223     Women in American History
HG 261     Comparative Political Ideologies
LG __        Foreign Language course
SB 110       Introduction to Anthropology
SB 130       Introduction to Sociology
SB 201       Multicultural Contributions to American Society
SB 250       Cultural Geography

Visual Literacy
Select course from this list:
FA 111      Art History I
FA 112      Art History II
FA 123      Introduction to Film Analysis
FA 125      History and Contemporary Trends in Photography
FA 161      Theater History I
FA 162      Theater History II
FA 210      Art of the World
FA 408      Aesthetics 

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Information Literacy
Designated Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Information Literacy course in major (see program degree requirements)

Senior Capstone
Designated Senior Capstone course in major (see program degree requirements)

* Associate degree candidates need only demonstrate math proficiency by taking and passing either the math proficiency exam or SM100.