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Gen Ed Checklist (pdf)
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Program of General Education (Gen Ed)

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The General Education Requirements (referred to as Gen Ed) at Muskingum University ensure the breadth inherent in a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education requires that we understand the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture, self, and society; that we master core skills of perception, analysis, and expression; that we recognize the importance of historical and cultural contexts; and that we explore connections among formal learning, citizenship, and service to our communities. Students will take most of their Gen Ed requirements in their freshman and sophomore years, along
with some courses in their major, or other elective courses.

  • The General Education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (Gen Ed) curriculum replaces the LAE (See below, or click here) beginning with the 2015-2016 Academic Catalog.
  • Students who started at Muskingum University prior to the Fall of 2015 may request to come under the new requirements, or else request to switch to the 2015 Academic catalog in order to fall under the new Gen Ed requirements.
  • For complete information about changing to the new Gen Ed, click here.
  • NOTE: Because the Gen Ed curriculum is a dynamic entity that is continually reviewed and revised, the following may not be entirely up-to-date. An up-to-date version of the curriculum may be found by consulting the online version of the Muskingum University Undergraduate Catalog which is to be considered authoritative.

Core Requirements

Forming the core of the General Education Program are courses in communication in writing and speech:

1. Communication in Writing

  • ENGL 121. Composition (3 hours) (Exempted with SAT W-620/ACT E-28).
  • Two writing unit courses, one at the 300- or 400-level.
    - A “writing unit” uses writing as a substantial mode of learning and is identified in the Undergraduate Course schedule listings on MuskieLink and in the MAP Schedule by the symbol # preceding the course title.

2. Communication in Speech

  • COMM 200. Fundamentals of Speech Communication.

Distribution Requirements

To fulfill General Education Requirements, a student may use courses with a given prefix to satisfy no more than two of the following categories (In bold).

3. Communication in a Global and Digital Age

Minimum of 3 hours or participation in a Muskingum University-approved
international program.

  • COMM/JOURN/DMD/MEDIA/PBRL 210. Media Literacy
  • COMM/DMD 300. Visual Communication
  • CPSC 100. Introduction to Computer Science
  • DMD 400. Principles of Interactive Design
  • EDUC 335. Educational Technology
  • FREN 111. Beginning French I
  • FREN 112. Beginning French II
  • FREN 211. Intermed. French I
  • FREN 212. Intermed. French II
  • GERM 111. Beginning German I
  • GERM 112. Begin. German II
  • GERM 211. Intermed. German I
  • GERM 212. Intermed German II
  • LIBR 220. Beyond Google: Research Skills and Resources
  • SPAN 111. Beginning Spanish I
  • SPAN 112. Beginning Spanish II
 

4. Religious Understanding.

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • RELG 150. Biblical Theology
  • RELG 153. World Religions
  • RELG 220. History of Christianity: Ancient and Medieval
  • RELG 226. History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern
  • RELG 229. African-American Religious History
  • RELG 251. World of Islam
  • RELG 252. The Judeo-Christian Tradition
  • RELG 260. Introduction to Christian Theology
  • RELG 303. New Testament Literature
  • RELG 304. Jesus in the New Testament
 

5. Moral Inquiry

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • ENGL 317. Journalistic Ethics
  • PE 355. Sports Ethics
  • PHIL 203. Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 305. Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 331. Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 343/POLS 343/SOCI 334. Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 361. Topics in Moral Philosophy
  • POLS 342. Ethical Issues in Politics
  • POLS 356. War, Peace and Security
  • RELG 253. Biblical Ethics
  • RELG 393. Global Issues and Values
  • SOCI 369. Peacemaking


6. Quantitative Reasoning

- Exempted with SAT M-680/ACT M-28.

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • BUSI/ECON 325. Statistics
  • EDUC 341. Assessment in Education
  • HLSC 304. Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • MATH 140. Practical Statistics
  • MATH 150. Quantitative Reasoning for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 170. Applied College Algebra
  • MATH 180. Precalculus
  • MATH 190. Calculus I
  • PSYC 232. Behavioral Statistics


7. Scientific Reasoning

Minimum of 7 hours.
- Must include one lab science course, and courses from two course prefixes.

Lab Courses

  • BIOL 106. Contemporary Biologic Issues
  • BIOL 111. Organismal Biology I + BIOL 107. Biology Lab. I
  • BIOL 112. Organismal Biology II + BIOL 108 Biology Lab. II
  • BIOL 121.Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 122.Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CHEM 105. Issues in the Chemical Sciences
  • CHEM 108. General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 111. Gen. Chemistry I
  • GEOL 101. Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 110. Environmental Geology
  • PHEN 101. Conceptual Physics
  • PHEN 121. Classical Physics I
  • PHEN 150. Introduction to Astronomy
  • PSYC 351. Advanced Experimental Psychology

 

 




Non-Lab Courses

  • BIOL 100. Science and Society
  • CHEM 101. Joy of Chemistry
  • EDUC 367. Science in Early Childhood
  • GEOG 120. Physical Geography
  • GEOG 220. Earth’s Climate System
  • GEOL 105. Geohazards
  • HLSC 336. Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • PE 149. Physiology of Exercise
  • PHEN 100 Physics for Video Games
  • PHEN 200. The Ideas of Modern Physics


8. Health

Minimum of 2 hours.

  • HLSC 231. Nutrition Across the Lifespan
  • HLSC 315. Public Health and Epidemiology
  • HLTH 200. Nutrition and Physical Fitness
  • HLTH 345. Personal Health
  • HLTH 380. Health Issues and Programs
  • PE 101. Concepts of Wellness
  • PE 102-140. Physical Education Service Courses
  • PSYC 101. Introduction to Psychology


9. Artistic Understanding and Expression

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • ART 112. Drawing I
  • ART 120. Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 121. Ceramics I
  • ART 131. Sculpture I
  • ART 141. Photography
  • ART 151. Introduction to Art
    ART 170. Graphic Design I
  • ART 350. Art History I
  • ART 351. Art History II
  • ART 352. Art History III
  • COMM 260. Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • ENGL 260. Introduction to Creative Writing
  • FREN 350. Survey of French Cinema
  • GERM 350. Modern German Cinema
  • MUSC: two consecutive years of the same applied music lessons or ensembles
  • SPAN 350. Hispanic Cinema
  • THEA 151. Introduction to Theatre
  • THEA 275. Acting I
  • THEA 350. History of Film


10. Cultural Diversity

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • COMM 340. Gender Communication
  • COMM 446. Interpersonal Communication
  • EDUC 112. Educational Implications of Diversity
  • ENGL 235. Tradition of African-American Literature
  • ENGL 387. Topics in Literature and Gender
  • HIST 220. US Women’s History
  • HLSC 312. Social Gerontology
  • RELG 261. Women and the Bible
  • RELG 262. Global Christianity
  • RELG 353. Religion and Gender
  • SOCI 101. The Sociological Perspective
  • THEA 352. Dramatic Literature
  • WRLD 200. Cross-Cultural Communication


11. International Perspectives

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • ANTH 201. Cultural Anthropology
  • ENGL 124. Non-Western Literature
  • GEOG 111. World Regional Geography
  • HIST 110. Pre-Modern World History
  • HIST 111. Emergence of the Modern World I
  • HIST 112. Emergence of the Modern World II
  • HIST 345. The Second World War
  • HIST 346. Southeast Asian History
  • HIST 348. The Western Impact on Modern Japan
  • HIST 351. Modern Latin America
  • HIST 356. History of Modern Africa
  • MUSC 310. Excursions in World Music
  • NURS 430. Perspectives in Global Nursing & Health (NURS Only)
  • PHIL/RELG 342. Religions and Philosophies of Asia
  • POLS 131. Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 151. Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 357. International Political Economy
  • SOCI 350. Social Change in an International Perspective


12. Western Traditions

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • ENGL 123. Masterpieces of Literature
  • ENGL 231. Tradition of British Literature I
  • ENGL 232. Tradition of British Literature II
  • ENGL 394. Classical Mythology
  • FREN 123. Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation
  • GERM 123. Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation
  • HIST 210. The Roman Empire
  • HIST 215. Introduction to the Middle Ages
  • HIST 310. Ancient History
  • HIST 312. Early Middle Ages
  • HIST 313. Later Middle Ages
  • HIST 318. Nineteenth Century European History
  • HIST 320. Twentieth Century European History
  • HIST 321. Early Modern European History
  • IDIS 275. Arts and Humanities in Western Culture
  • MUSC 121. Introduction to Music
  • PHIL 101. Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • POLS 121. Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
  • POLS 331. Politics of Western Europe
  • SPAN 123. Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature in Translation


13. The U.S. Experience

Minimum of 3 hours.

  • COMM 320. Introduction to Popular Culture
  • ENGL 233. Tradition of American Literature I
  • ENGL 234. Tradition of American Literature II
  • ENGL 341. Nineteenth Century American Fiction
  • ENGL 343. Modern and Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENGL 351. Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
  • HIST 105. United States History to 1877
  • HIST 106. United States History since 1877
  • HIST 230. The American Civil War
  • HIST 374. Ohio History
  • HIST 380. The History of the American Dream
  • HIST 385. American Environmental History
  • HLSC 301. The American Health Care System (MAP Only)
  • HLSC 322. Health Policy
    IDIS 240. Introduction to American Studies
  • MUSC 110. History of Popular Music
  • NURS 460. Community Health Nursing (NURS Only)
  • PHIL 353. Contemporary American Philosophy
  • POLS 111. American Political System
  • RELG 368. Religion in the United States
  • SOCI 216. Social Problems in Contemporary Culture
  • SOCI 301. American Society: Class and Culture
  • SOCI 320. Racial and Cultural Minorities

The Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE)

Strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to analyze and think critically, are the cornerstones of a successful college and professional career – and our Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE) will help you get off to a good start.

Through the LAE, students gain confidence as independent thinkers, expand their base of knowledge and broaden their understanding. If you’re undecided about what to study, the LAE will also let you explore potential academic majors.

In the long run, the LAE courses help round out your education so that whatever field you eventually pursue, you’ll develop an understanding of other areas, and feel comfortable conversing and working with people in different disciplines.

NOTE: The following is an abbreviated version of the LAE requirements. For more detailed information, see the LAE Checklist (pdf).

 

LAE Core Requirements

AREA Requirements

Writing Courses

  • Composition
  • Two specified writing courses

Arts & Humanities of Western Culture

Religious Understanding & Moral Inquiry

  • Two courses

One Mathematics Course

Concepts of Wellness

  • Two physical education activity courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

 

Scientific Understanding

Two lab electives from two different departments: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics

Cultural Understanding

The Global Society

  • Communicating in the World
A foreign language or computer science course, or participation in an approved international program
  • Social Foundations
One elective in Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
  • International Perspectives
One elective in Anthropology, Business, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology
  The Western Heritage
  • One elective in History, Philosophy or Political Science
  • One elective in English, French, German, Spanish or Religion
  • One elective in Art, Music or Theatre

The American Experience

  • One elective in English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology

 

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