General Education Program

The General Education Program provides a foundation of knowledge and skills vital for any life students choose. The curriculum provides students with the attributes needed to participate intelligently and responsibly in the discourses that shape the communities in which they live. General Education is more than the acquisition of information or skills for daily life; it transcends the merely factual to raise and engage evaluative and philosophical questions. General Education submits the fundamental principles and suppositions of a body of knowledge to inquiry and discussion. It challenges students to uncover and examine the assumption under which they operate. General Education aims to form in students a questioning spirit that will continue through their college career and their life as a whole and provide the grounds for development of the kind of people who can secure their own well-being while contributing to their communities, their professions, and the world in which they live. Approved Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs) form the foundation for student achievement, curriculum development, and program assessment. SLOs appear in the catalog appendix.

I. Required Core


FYS 101 — First Year Seminar


Writing Core I


ENG 100 — Writing I


Writing Core II


ENG 200 — Writing II or HON 200 - Ancient World (Honors students only)


Oral Communications (100 level) — three hours


COMM 108 — Fundamentals of Speech Comm.


Math Reasoning (100 level) — three hours


Choose one course from the following list:

MATH 131 — Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving

MATH 135 — Mathematics for Technical Students

MATH 152 — College Algebra

MATH 174 — Pre-Calculus Mathematics or

MATH 175 — Calculus I




II. Distribution Requirements


For the 2011-12 academic year, incoming students needing general education courses beyond the core must choose from the following list of approved distribution courses. Only one course may be chosen from each prefix in a category. Students choose one course in HUM I, HUM II, SBS I, SBS II, NSC I, NSC II.


ART 160 - Understanding the Visual Arts

ART 263 - World Arts

CMEM 210 - Media Literacy

ENG 120 - Approaches to World Literature

FLM 170 - Introduction to Film (Interdisciplinary)

HON 205 - IDC Honors Core II: The Medieval World (Interdisciplinary)

HUM 203 - Introduction to Medieval Culture (Interdisciplinary)

MUSH 261 - Global Music Experience (Interdisciplinary)

MUSH 270 - Multicultural Arts (Interdisciplinary)

PHIL 100 - Beginning Philosophy

PHIL 103 - Beginning Ethics

THEA 110 - Introduction to the Theatre



COMM 290 - Conflict and Communication

ENG 205 - Language: Culture and Mind

FRN 101 - Beginning French I

GOVT 180 - Introduction to Political Theory

HIS 101 - The History of Your World

HIS 103 - Holly-world: World History and Film (Interdisciplinary)

PHIL 106 - Beginning Logic

SPA 101 - Spanish Language and Culture I



COMM 250 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication

GOVT 141 - United States Government

GOVT 262 - U.S. Foreign Policy

HIS 102 - Generation Why? Understanding American Society

HUM 250 - American and Global Citizenship

IET 101 - Social Dimensions of Technology

MKT 200 - The ABC's of Marketing

MNGT 101 - Reel Business (Interdisciplinary)

PLS 200 - Law and Individual Rights

RAPP 101 - Introduction to Public Policy

SOC 203 - American Social Problems



AGR 185 - Current Food and Energy Issues

APS 201 - Introduction to Appalachia (Interdisciplinary)

ECON 101 - Introduction to Economics

FIN 160 - Money: A Cultural Exchange

GEO 100 - The Human World

GOVT 102 - Introduction to Politics

HLTH 151 - Wellness: Theory to Action

HON 210 - IDC Core III: The Renaissance World (Interdisciplinary)

IET 200 - Technology and Society

IST 101 - Introduction to International Studies (Interdisciplinary)

PSY 154 - Introduction to Psychology

RAPP 203 - Society, Nature, and Development

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology

WST 273 - Introduction to Women's Studies (Interdisciplinary)



BIOL 105 - Biology for Your Life

NUTR 101 - Nutrition and Well Being

RAPP 289 - Regional Natural History



ASTR 105 - Your Cosmic Context (Interdisciplinary)

ASTR 112 - Introductory Astronomy

GEO/ESS 101 - Dangerous Planet

HON 215 - IDC Core IV: The Modern World (Interdisciplinary)

PHYS 109 - History of the Universe

RAPP 202 - Basic Computer Techniques in Regional Analysis

SCI 104 - Modern Issues and Problems in Physical Sciences

SCI/IET/PHYS/SSE 123 - Concepts/Experiences in Energy (Interdisciplinary)




III. Integrative Component


Students must take the course from the following list that is for their major of study.

AGR 499C — Senior Seminar in Agriculture

ART 499C — Visual Art Capstone

ASTR 499C — Senior Thesis I

ASTR 499D — Senior Thesis II

BIOL 499C — Contemporary Environmental Issues

BIOL 499D — Principles of Evolution

BIS 499C — Methods of Teaching Business and Information Technology Education

COMM 499C — Senior Seminar in Communication

CRIM 499C — Senior Criminology Capstone

CRW 499C — Senior Thesis

CS 499C — Senior Thesis I

CS 499D — Senior Thesis II

CTMR 499C — Seminar in Magnetic Resonance

DMS 499C — Seminar in Sonography

EDEC 499C — Senior Seminar

EDEM 499C — Seminar in Effective Teaching

ENG 499C — Senior Seminar in English

ESS 499C — ESS Senior Thesis

ESS 499D — C&I Action Research in ESS

FRN 499C — Senior Colloquium in French

GEO 499C — Senior Seminar in Geography

GOVT 499C — Senior Seminar

HIS 499C — Senior Seminar in History

HIS 499D — Teaching Social Studies

HLTH 499C — Senior Seminar in Health Promotion

HPE 499C — Senior Seminar in HPE

IET 499C — Senior Project

IMS 499C — Senior Seminar in Imaging Sciences

IST 499C — Senior Seminar

MATH 499C — Senior Thesis I

MATH 499D — Senior Thesis II

MNGT 499C — Strategic Management

MSU 499C — Senior Seminar

MUSP 499C — Senior Recital

MUSW 499C — Senior Project

NURB 499C — Advanced Nursing Practicum

PHED 499D — Senior Capstone

PHIL 499C — Senior Seminar in Philosophy

PHYS 499C — Senior Thesis I

PHYS 499D — Senior Thesis II

PLS 499C — Senior Paralegal Practice Seminar

PPOL 499C — Senior Seminar in Public Policy

PSY 499C — Systems and Theories

SOC 499C — Senior Seminar

SPA 499C — Senior Seminar in Spanish

SPMT 499C — Senior Capstone

SSE 499C — Senior Design Project II

SWK 499C — Senior Seminar

THEA 499C — Senior Seminar Theatre

VET 499C — Veterinary Technician Seminar



The following courses may not be used to satisfy general education requirements: Pre-100 classes, Workshops 199-599, Co-op 139-539, Practicums, Internships, Special Problems, Field Experiences, Selected Topics, Independent Study, and Research Projects by Independent Study.