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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 ARCHIVED [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education: Baccalaureate Degrees


Graduation requirements for baccalaureate degrees are grouped into two categories with identified goals and a list of courses that meet designated goals in each category:

System-wide General Education Requirements 30 Credits
Institutional Graduation Requirements 11 Credits
Total 41 Credits

All students should check their major before selecting any general education course. Courses selected to meet System-Wide General Education Requirements or Institutional Graduation Requirements may not also be used to meet requirements of majors and minors.

System-wide General Education Requirements (SGE) (30 Credits)


The system-wide general education curriculum of the university is intended to provide opportunities for the student to develop the breadth and depth of understanding and appreciation which characterizes the educated and responsible adult. Courses which deal with language and symbolic thought, literature and aesthetic values, natural sciences, and the social sciences are an integral dimension of one’s personal, community, and professional life. All degree programs of the university include system-wide general education requirements. Students should check major-field requirements before selecting courses to meet the system-wide general education requirements. A course that counts toward a general education requirement at one campus will count towards the same general education requirement at another campus regardless of whether the campus offers the course.

Goals of System-wide General Education Requirements

Students will:

  1. write effectively and responsibly and understand and interpret the written expression of others.
  2. communicate effectively and responsibly through listening and speaking.
  3. understand the organization, potential, and diversity of the human community through study of the social sciences.
  4. understand the diversity and complexity of the human experience through the study of the arts & humanities.
  5. understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning.
  6. understand the fundamental principles of the natural sciences and apply scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the natural world.
  7. recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, organize, critically evaluate, and effectively use information from a variety of sources with intellectual integrity.

GOAL 1: Written Communication (6 Credits)


Students will write effectively and responsibly and understand and interpret the written expression of others.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Write using standard American English, including correct punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.
  2. Write logically.
  3. Write persuasively, with a variety of rhetorical strategies (e.g., expository, argumentative, descriptive).
  4. Incorporate formal research and documentation into their writing, including research obtained through modern, technology-based research tools.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2, #3, and #4

Note


Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy (2:7:6).

GOAL 2: Oral Communication (3 Credits)


Students will communicate effectively and responsibly through listening and speaking.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Prepare and deliver speeches for a variety of audiences and settings.
  2. Demonstrate speaking competencies including choice and use of topic, supporting materials, organizational pattern, language usage, presentational aids, and delivery.
  3. Demonstrate listening competencies by summarizing, analyzing, and paraphrasing ideas, perspectives and emotional content.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2, and #3

GOAL 3: Social Sciences (6 Credits) (in two disciplines)


Students will understand the organization, potential, and diversity of the human community through study of the social studies.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Identify and explain basic concepts, terminology and theories of the selected social science disciplines from different spatial, temporal, cultural and/or instructional contexts.
  2. Apply selected social science concepts and theories to contemporary issues.
  3. Identify and explain the social or aesthetic values of different cultures.
    In addition, as a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of at least one of the following:
  4. The origin and evolution of human institutions.
  5. The allocation of human or natural resources within societies.
  6. The impact of diverse philosophical, ethical or religious views.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2 and #3

At least one of the following: #4, #5, or #6

Note


* Global Issues Requirement (see Part II of Institutional Graduation Requirements)

** IGR Written Communications Requirement

GOAL 4: Arts and Humanities (6 Credits) (in two disciplines or a sequence of foreign language courses)


Students will understand the diversity and complexity of the human experience through study of the arts and humanities.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of values, beliefs, and ideas embodied in the human experience.
  2. Identify and explain basic concepts of the selected disciplines within the arts and humanities.

In addition, as a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will be able to do at least one of the following:

  1. Identify and explain the contributions of other cultures from the perspective of the selected disciplines within the arts and humanities.
  2. Demonstrate creative and aesthetic understanding.
  3. Explain and interpret formal and stylistic elements of the literary or fine arts.
  4. Demonstrate foundational competency in reading, writing, and speaking a non-English language.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2; and at least one of the following: #3, #4, #5, or #6

Note


ART & ARTH are considered one discipline.

* Global Issues Requirement (see Part II of Institutional Graduation Requirements)

** IGR Written Communications Requirement

GOAL 5: Mathematics (3 Credits)


Students will understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Use mathematical symbols and mathematical structure to model and solve real world problems.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills related to mathematical terms and concepts.
  3. Demonstrate the correct use of quantifiable measurements of real world situations.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2, and #3

GOAL 6: Natural Sciences (6 Credits)


Students will understand the fundamental principles of the natural sciences and apply scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the natural world.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Demonstrate the scientific method in a laboratory experience.
  2. Gather and critically evaluate data using the scientific method.
  3. Identify and explain the basic concepts, terminology and theories of the selected natural sciences.
  4. Apply selected natural science concepts and theories to contemporary issues

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2, #3 and #4

GOAL 7: Information Literacy (0 Credits)


Students will recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, organize, critically evaluate, and effectively use information from a variety of sources with intellectual integrity.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Determine the extent of information needed.
  2. Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. Use information in an ethical and legal manner.

Students will have met this Goal when they complete Goal 1 Written Communication and Goal 2 Oral Communication.

Institutional Graduation Requirements / Global Issues Requirements / Major Area Writing Intensive Requirement


Part I: Institutional Graduation Requirements


Institutional graduation requirements are intended to provide for students to develop additional skills in academic areas related to the institution’s mission. At DSU, the institutional graduation requirements emphasize skills in information systems and computer technology, written communication skills, and personal wellness.

Institutional Graduation Requirements (IGR) (11 Credits)


GOAL 1: Information Systems & Computer Technology (6 credits)

Students will demonstrate competence in information systems and computer technology through software and programming classes.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in use of computer application software.
  2. Demonstrate competence in programming concepts.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of computer technology.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, #2, and #3

GOAL 2: Written Communications (3 Credits)

Students will refine their understanding and practice of reading and writing as integral parts of researching, learning, discussing, and presenting academic materials.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Read extensively and respond critically in written discourse, (for example, complete significant outside of class reading with corresponding writing assignments).
  2. Use writing to learn course content by practicing writing as an integral, on-going part of the course and applying writing conventions of appropriate style manuals (for example, MLA, APA, Chicago).

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcome:

Required: #1 and #2

Note

All courses listed above also meet the System General Education Requirements (SGR). Students may not use the same course to meet both an SGR requirement and a written communications requirement.

GOAL 3: Personal Wellness and Fitness (2 Credits)

Students will understand the holistic nature of wellness and the benefits derived from a physically active lifestyle.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Identify and explain the principles of wellness and the health-related components.
  2. Apply these health related components to fitness/wellness labs.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcome:

Required: #1 and #2

Part II: Global Issues Requirement (0 Credits)


Goal: Students will understand global issues and how they affect the human community.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of global issues.
  2. Identify and analyze global issues including how multiple perspectives impact such issues.
  3. Identify the benefit and cost implications of global issues.
  4. Interpret global issues and data utilizing discipline specific analytical and/or philosophical tools.
  5. Reference knowledge from international sources, including sources that may be fragmented, conflicting, and multidisciplinary.
  6. Identify issues related to family and national origin as they relate to global issues.
  7. Directly and constructively address cultural differences and similarities.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of global issues.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes:

Required: #1, and at least two of the following: #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 or #8

Note


All courses listed above also meet the System General Education Requirements (SGR). These courses may be used to meet both an SGR and the Global Issues Requirement. Students who want to use study abroad to meet this goal should contact the Registrar.

Part III: Major Area Writing Intensive Requirement (0 Credits)


Goal: Students will refine their understanding and practice of reading and writing as integral parts of researching, learning, discussing, and presenting academic materials.

Student Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Read extensively and respond critically in written disclosure, (for example, complete significant outside of class reading with corresponding writing assignment).
  2. Use writing to learn course content by practicing writing as an integral, on-going part of the course and applying writing conventions of appropriate style manuals (for example, MLA, APA, Chicago).

See Majors Table for required courses.

Majors Table


In addition to the Written Communications Requirement and the Global Issues Requirement, a Writing-Intensive requirement is included in the major degree program. Below identifies the major and the courses meeting these requirements.

Majors IGR Global Issues Requirement IGR Written Communications Requirement Major Area Writing Intensive Requirement
Accounting BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
Biology Education * ** SEED 450 
Biology for Info. Systems * ** ENGL 379 
Business Education BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
Business Technology BADM 405  ** BADM 334 
Computer Education * ** CIS 332 
Computer Game Design * ** CIS 332 
Cyber Operations * ** CIS 332 
Computer Science * ** CIS 332 
Digital Arts and Design * ** ENGL 480 
Elementary Education ARTH 100 
ARTH 211 
ARTH 212 
ENGL 211 
ENGL 212 
HIST 121 
HIST 122 
MUS 100 
SPAN 101 
SPAN 102 
SPAN 201 
SPAN 202 
THEA 100 
THEA 200 
THEA 201 
ENGL 210 
EPSY 210 
HIST 151 
HIST 152 
HIST 256 
EPSY 302 
Elementary Education/Special Education ARTH 100 
ARTH 211 
ARTH 212 
ENGL 211 
ENGL 212 
HIST 121 
HIST 122 
MUS 100 
SPAN 101 
SPAN 102 
SPAN 201 
SPAN 202 
THEA 100 
THEA 200 
THEA 201 

ENGL 210 
EPSY 210 
HIST 151 
HIST 152 
HIST 256 

EPSY 302 
English Education * ** SEED 450 
English for New Media * ** ENGL 480 
Exercise Science * ** EXS 300 
Finance BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
General Studies * ** GS 491 
Health Information Admin. * ** HIM 450 
Information Systems ECON 201  ** CIS 332 
Management BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
Marketing BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
Math Education * ** SEED 450 
Mathematics for Info. Systems * ** CIS 332 
Network and Security Administration * ** CIS 332 
Physical Education * ** PE 341 
Physical Science * ** ENGL 379 
Professional Accountancy BADM 405  ** BADM 344 
Professional and Technical Communications MCOM 318  ** ENGL 379 
Respiratory Care * ** RESP 460 
* ARTH 100 , ARTH 211 , ARTH 212 , ECON 201 , ECON 202 , ENGL 211 , ENGL 212 , GEOG 101 , HIST 121 , HIST 122 , HIST 256 , MUS 100 , SOC 285 , SPAN 101 , SPAN 102 , SPAN 201 , SPAN 202 , THEA 100 , THEA 200 , THEA 201  ** ENGL 210 , EPSY 210 HIST 151 , HIST 152 , HIST 256 , SOC 100 , SOC 150 , SOC 285