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2002 - 2003 General Education Program

Mission, Rationale and Student Outcomes

The general education program offers our students a liberal education, an education intended to help them become liberated, or free, persons, able to make informed and enlightened choices. We assume that a free and liberally educated person has the following:

  • basic competence in reasoning and communication;
  • an awareness of wide range and variety of human knowledge--scientific, humanistic, and artistic, including an awareness of at least some of the best that the human spirit has yet achieved;
  • a sense of the interconnectedness of knowledge;
  • a critical awareness of the ways in which knowledge is discovered and created;
  • a sense of the ways in which knowledge must and does evolve.

To these ends our general education program holds our students responsible for a high level of competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and reasoning; it exposes them to a broad sampling of the range and variety of human knowledge and of the ways of knowing; and it attempts to instill a critical awareness of human knowledge and of its relationship to the human condition.

All courses taken to satisfy general education requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

Basic Skills Requirement

All students must satisfy the following requirements in basic academic and intellectual skills. A grade of C- or above must be received in ENG 101 before taking ENG 102.

(a)  UNIV 101, General Education Colloquium (1), or MUS 104, Introduction to Musical Studies (3). Only required of students who enter Central with fewer than 45 credits.

 (b)  ENG 101 (4) and ENG 102 (4). A grade of C- or better is required in ENG 101 before taking ENG 102. Students must pass an Intermediate Writing Assessment examination in order to pass ENG 102.

(c) either MATH 101 (5), MATH 163.1 (5), MATH 163.2 (5), MATH 164.1 (5), MATH 170 (5), or MATH 172.1 (5);

(d) either MATH 130.1 (5), PHIL 201 (5) or CS 105 (4);

(e) one year of college or university study of a single foreign language or two years of high school study of a single foreign language;

(f) students prior to taking more than 60 credits at Central Washington University must take and pass one of the following classes:

IT 101, Computer Applications (3)
CS 101, Computer Basics (4)


Breadth Requirement

I. Arts and Humanities

Students must take at least one course from each of the three groups. No more than one class from a single department may be counted toward this requirement. A student must receive grade of C- or better in ENG 101 before taking ENG 105, ENG 247, HUM 101, HUM 102 or HUM 103.

Literature and the Humanities

ENG 105, The Literary Imagination:  An Introduction to Literature (4)
ENG 247,  Multicultural Literature (4)
HUM 101, Exploring Cultures in the Ancient World (5)
HUM 102, Exploring Cultures from 16th Through 19th Centuries (5)
HUM 103, Exploring Cultures in Modern and Contemporary Societies (5)

The Aesthetic Experience

ART 101, Introduction to Western Art (5)
ART 102, Introduction to Non-Western Art (5)
MUS 101, History of Jazz (5)
MUS 102, Introduction to Music (5)
PE 161, Cultural History of Dance (4)
TH 101, Appreciation of Theatre and Film (4)
TH 107, Introduction to Theatre (4)
TH 382, Ethnic Drama (4)

Philosophies and Cultures of the World

Foreign Languages 251, 252, or 253  Second year foreign language 
  (same as or studied in high school) (5)  OR
Foreign Languages 151, 152 or 153. First year foreign language
  (different than the one used to meet the two-year admission requirement) (5)

PHIL 101, Introduction to Philosophy (5)
PHIL 115, The Meaning of Life (5)
PHIL 202, Introduction to Ethics (5)
PHIL 209, Intro to Asian Philosophy (5)
PHIL 210, Current Ethical Issues (5)
RELS 101, Introduction to Religion (5)
RELS 201, Sacred Books of the World (5)

II. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students must take at least one course from each of the three groups. No more than one class from a single department may be counted toward this requirement.

Perspectives on the Cultures and Experiences of the United States.

An introduction to the institutions, cultures and traditions of the United States intended to encourage a critical and analytical understanding of how the past affects the present and the future. An introduction to the complexities of social, economic, and political processes, issues, and events in the United States intended to provide a context for informed decision-making and citizenship.

ECON 101, Economic Issues (5)
ECON 201, Principles of Economics Micro (5)
ETS 101, Ethnic Awareness (4)
HIST 144, U.S. History Since 1865 (5)
POSC 210, American Politics (5)
SOC 101, Social Problems (5)
SOC 205, American Society (5)
WS 201, Introduction to Women Studies (5)

Perspectives on World Cultures.

An introduction to institutions, cultures, and traditions of nations, groups and societies outside the United States intended to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the dimensions of human diversity as well as similarities. An introduction to contemporary international and transnational issues intended to provide a broader perspective of the individual's relationship to other cultures and to common human concerns.

ANTH 130, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5)
AST 102, Introduction to Asian Studies (3)
ECON 102, World Economic Issues (5)
GEOG 101, World Regional Geography (5)
HIST 102, World Civilization:  1500-1815 (5)
HIST 103, World Civilization Since 1815 (5)
LAS 102, Introduction to Latin American Studies (5)
POSC 270, International Politics (5)

Foundations of Human Adaptations and Behavior.

An introduction to and analysis of the fundamental principles underlying human interaction intended to foster a better understanding of the human condition. An introduction to the fundamental patterns and understandings of human interaction with natural and man made environments intended to help students make informed judgments concerning broad environmental issues.

ANTH 107, General Anthropology (5)
ANTH 120, Introduction to Archaeology (5)
ENST 303, Environmental Management (5)
GEOG 108, Introduction to Human Geography (5)
HED 101, Health Essentials (4)
POSC 101, Introduction to Politics (5)
PSY 101, General Psychology (5)
PSY 205, Psychology of Adjustment (5)
SOC 107, Principles of Sociology (5)

III. The Natural Sciences

The natural sciences provide basic methods for rigorously describing and comprehending the natural world. Inquiry-driven laboratory and field observations are an essential mode of teaching, learning, and practicing natural science. Students must take at least one course from each of the three groups. No more than one class from a single department may be counted toward this requirement. It may be advantageous for students to take courses from groups in the order they appear below.

Fundamental Disciplines of Physical and Biological Sciences.

An introduction to those sciences that study the fundamentals of physical and life systems.

BIOL 101, Fundamentals of Biology (5)
CHEM 111, 111.1, Introduction to Chemistry and Lab (4, 1)
CHEM 181, 181.1, General Chemistry and Lab (4, 1)
GEOL 145, 145.1, Physical Geology and Lab (4, 1)
PHYS 111, 111.1, Introductory Physics (4, 1)
PHYS 211, 211.1, General Physics (4, 1)

Patterns and Connections in the Natural World.

Those sciences that use a knowledge of basic scientific disciplines to examine large and complex physical and life systems.

ANTH 110, 110.1, Introduction to Biological Anthropology (5) Optional Lab (1)
BIOL 201, Human Physiology (5)
BIOL 300, Introduction to Evolution (5)
BIOL 200, Plants in the Modern World (5)
ENST 301, Earth as an Ecosystem (5)
GEOG 107, Introduction to Physical Geography (5)
GEOL 150, 145.1, Geology of National Parks and Lab (4, 1)
GEOL 170, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Climate Change (5)
PHYS 101, 101.1, Astronomy (4) Lab (1)
PHYS 201, 101.1, Introductory Astronomy of the Solar System (4) Lab (1)

Applications of Natural Science.

These courses explicitly treat social, economic, technological, ethical or other implications of natural phenomena, of human influence or natural systems, or of responsive scientific inquiry.

ANTH 314, Human Variation and Adaption in Living Populations (4)
BIOL 302, Human Ecology (5)
CHEM 101, Contemporary Chemistry (5)
ENST 302, Ecosystems, Resources, Population and Culture (5)
FCSN 245, Basic Nutrition (5)
GEOL 180, Introduction to Environmental Geology (5)
GEOG 273, Geography of Rivers (5)
IET  101, Modern Technology (5)
PHYS 103, 103.1, Physics of Musical Sound (3) Lab (1)

Advising Seminar Course

UNIV 101. General Education Colloquim (1). This course is designed for students to learn about the mission of the general education program and majors in order to make informed academic decisions and discover opportunities for personal growth.

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