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General Education

About the Program

Situating students in a critical context is paramount if they are to grasp the complex nature of social, political and psychological issues in the twenty-first century. Without adequate grounding in the liberal arts, students cannot develop the abstract thinking skills to grapple with issues like the problematic nature of economic growth and development, cultural studies and the arts, the contemporary nature of the nation-state, the relevance of the human genome project for the development of drug therapies, the impact of laboratory information systems in chemistry, and the changing hegemony of psychological theories.

Both the College and the larger social context have been altered during the past two decades. The nature of technology, the organization of the economy (locally, nationally and globally) and academic discourse (to name just a few examples) have been transformed during this period. These changes are reflected in the general education curriculum.

All students are obligated to fulfill a basic program in General Education. The courses in the program are distributed throughout the four years of study.

The diagram below shows the distribution of the required General Education Core courses and categories. Courses which fulfill the General Education categories are listed each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Any item preceded by a course number denotes a specific class. All other items are categories from which students must select courses to take.

The listing of General Education Courses offered in Fall 2002 by category is available from the links below. Because of recent changes in General Education requirements, new students and current students have different General Education requirements to fulfill. Be sure to choose the list which applies to you.

(100 level)
ZINT 101 First Year Seminar
Science Social
Humanities English
Science Introduction* (2 courses)

MMET 101 Social Issues**
-or -
BBAD 115 Perspectives of Business and Society***

Social Science
Humanities Introduction

Global Studies
AENG 180 College English
Sophomore (200 level) Quantitative, Literacy Human Conditioning AAMR 201 Readings in Humanities  
U.S. Cultures
World Cultures
Junior / Senior (300 / 400 level) Values, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Society

ZSRS 400 level Senior Seminar
Writing Intensive Requirement:

Four writing intensive courses required.
Two lower level writing intensive courses (100/200)
and Two upper level writing courses: One in major and Senior Seminar (ZSRS)

First Year Seminar Courses and Descriptions
Courses Offered Fall 2002:
   Current Students - General Education Courses
   New Students - General Education Courses
Writing Intensive Courses offered Fall 2002

*Students intending to affiliate with the School of Theoretical and Applied Science should consult with their advisor before registering for these courses.
**Recommended for students affiliating with the School of social Science and Human Services.
***Recommended for students affiliating with the School of Administration and Business.

Senior Seminar Requirement

Senior Seminars are specially-designed courses in which a limited number of students participate in the exploration of a particular issue, problem, or area of study from an interdisciplinary perspective. These seminars normally provide students with the opportunity to make formal oral presentations, undertake independent research, and produce a major paper or project. A Senior Seminar is required for graduation, and is separate and distinct from those senior interdisciplinary seminars offered as part of a school-based program or major.

Writing Intensive Requirement

Four writing intensive courses are required. Two should be lower level writing intensive courses (100/200) and two must be upper level writing intensive courses: one in the in major and one a Senior Seminar (ZSRS)
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