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General Education Requirements: Goals and Core Courses  

The purpose of the General Education Program of Longwood College is the development of disciplined, informed, and creative minds. The program is defined by the following ten goals. Students may choose among the core courses listed for each goal. Each of the courses listed under each goal has been specifically designed to address that goal. A course used by the student to satisfy a general education requirement may not be used by that student to satisfy a major program requirement except for Goal 10. The Dean may authorize an exemption for any goal when a student, due to major requirements, must take at least two courses listed for that goal. A total of 33 hours of core courses is required for the General Education Program. Complete course descriptions can be found in the Academic Programs section of this Catalog.  

GOAL 1. The ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability, through accurate reading and listening, to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas (six credits).  

ENGL 100  Rhetoric and Research/3 Credits
ENGL 101 Composition and Literary Analysis/3 Credits 

GOAL 2. An understanding of our cultural heritage as expressed in artistic achievements and an understanding of the contribution of the creative process to the life of the individual and to society. (four credits) To satisfy this goal students must include at least one course of 3 credit hours or more.  

ART 120 Foundations of Contemporary Design/4 credits
ART 121 Intro to Environmental Design Issues/4 credits   
ART 130 Drawing/4 credits
ART 160 Introduction to the Visual Arts/4 credits
DANC 267    Historical Perspectives of Dance/4 credits
MUSC 223 Introduction to Music/4 credits
MUSC 224 The Appreciation of Music/4 credits
MUSC 226 Music and the Arts/3 credits
MUSC 227 Jazz, Folk, Rock, and the Music of Broadway/3 credits
THEA 101 Introduction to the Theatre/4 credits
MUSC 151 Group Piano/1 credit
MUSC 153  Voice Class/1 credit
MUSC 201-208 Music Ensembles/1 credit
Some ensembles require auditions and others do not.
THEA 102

Theatre Performance/1 credit

THEA 103 Theatre Production/1 credit
Applied music study available by special permission of the Chair of the Music Department (Fee required.)

 GOAL 3. An understanding of our cultural heritage as revealed in literature, its movements and traditions, through reading, understanding, and analyzing the major works that have shaped our thinking and provide a record of human experience (three credits). 

ENGL 201 World Literature/3 credits
ENGL 202 British Literature/3 credits
ENGL 203 American Literature/3 credits

NOTE: ENGL 101 is a prerequisite for these four courses.  

GOAL 4. An understanding of mathematical thought and the ability to conceptualize and apply mathematical logic to problem solving; the ability to use computers for acquiring, processing, and analyzing information. (three credits at a commonly agreed upon skills level comparable to college algebra) 

CMSC 121 Introduction to Computer Science/3 credits
MATH 121 Functions and Graphs/3 credits
MATH 171 Statistical Decision Making/3 credits

NOTE:      Students who complete Calculus (MATH 261 or 267) are exempted from this goal.  

GOAL 5. The application of the methods of science to the acquisition of knowledge, and an appreciation of the major contributions of science to our cultural heritage and to the solution of contemporary problems (four credits).  

BIOL 101 Biological Concepts/4 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry/4 credits
EASC 210 Physical Geology/4 credits
PHYS 101 General Physics/4 credits

GOAL 6. An understanding of the foundations and history of western civilization, of the past as a mode for understanding the present. (three credits) 

HIST 100  Foundations of Western Civilization/3 credits
HIST 110 Modern Western Civilization/3 credits

GOAL 7. An understanding of other cultures and societies (three credits).  

ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology/3 credits
FREN 201 Intermediate French I/3 credits
GEOG 201 Basic Elements of Geography/3 credits
GERM 201 Intermediate German I/3 credits
HLTH 210 World Health Issues/3 credits
HIST 200  History of China/3 credits
PHIL 242 World Religions/3 credits
POSC 245 Gender and Politics/3 credits
POSC 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics/3 credits
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I/3 credits

GOAL 8. An understanding of the forces shaping contemporary society as revealed in the social sciences (three credits).  

ANTH 106 Introduction to Women's Studies/3 credits
ECON 111 Contemporary Economic Issues and Social Policy/3 credits
HIST 221 United States History to 1877/3 credits
HIST 222 United States History Since 1877/3 credits
POSC 150   American Government and Politics/3 credits
PSYC 101  Introduction to Psychology/3 credits
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits
SOCL 102  Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits

GOAL 9. An understanding of issues dealing with physical and mental well-being, with opportunities for physical activity (three credits).  

PHED 101    Total Fitness through Exercise/2 credits
Physical Education Sports Activity/1 credit

        Students may choose one of the following eight sections of this 2 credit course: Total Fitness through Aerobic Exercise, Aerobic Dance, Cycling, Multiple Activities, Swimming, Water Aerobics, Weight Training, or Restricted Activities.  
Students must complete a one credit sports activity course from the following: 
PHED 102-111, 113, 114, 117, 120-126, 128-131, 133, 136, 137, 140, 202, 204, 207-209, 211, 213, 214, 217, 223, 224, 228-231. 

 GOAL 10. The ability to make informed, ethical choices and decisions, and to weigh the consequences of those choices. (junior or senior course of at least one credit departmentally designated or developed)  

ANTH 461 Senior Seminar in Anthropology/3 credits
BIOL 485   The Ethics of Biology/1 credit
CDIS 393 Ethics in Communication Disorders/1 credit
CDIS 394   Clinical Procedures/3 credits
CMSC/MATH 350 Ethical Issues in Mathematics and Computer Science/1 credit
MANG 473 Business Ethics/1 credit
MISC 402 Ethics and Professionalism/3 credits
PHIL 305 Ethics Seminar/3 credits
PHIL 306 Ethics/1credit
PHIL 315   Biomedical Ethics/3 credits
PHIL 316    Environmental Ethics/3 credits
POSC 331 Political Philosophy/3 credits
or POSC 332 Political Philosophy/3 credits
SOWK 336    Interventive Means in Social Work/3 credits 
SOCL 461 Senior Seminar in Sociology/3 credits
RECR 426 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health and Human Service/3 credits
PHED 398 Ethics in Sports and Physical Education/3 credits

General Education: Course Criteria  

In addition to addressing one of the above ten goals, each core course is specifically designed to satisfy the following nine criteria:  

1.   General Education courses should teach a disciplinary mode of inquiry (e.g., literary analysis, statistical analysis, historical interpretation, philosophical reasoning, aesthetic judgment, the scientific method) and provide students with practice in applying their disciplinary mode of inquiry, critical thinking, or problem solving strategies.  
2. General Education courses should introduce creativity as a process and present examples.  
3. General Education courses should consider questions of ethical values.  
4.   General Education courses should explore past, current, and future implications (e.g. social, political, economic, psychological or philosophical) of disciplinary knowledge.  
5. General Education courses should encourage consideration of course content from diverse perspectives.
6.  General Education courses should provide opportunities for students to use computers for word processing, data base, spreadsheet, graphics or other ways of organizing information.
7.  General Education courses should require at least one substantive written paper, oral report, or course journal. General Education courses should also require students to articulate information or ideas in their own words on tests and exams.  
8.  General Education courses should require specific assignments that necessitate use of library resources.
9.  General Education courses should foster awareness of the common elements among disciplines and the interconnectedness of disciplines.  


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