Jul 23, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
    
2018-2019 General Catalog

General Education Program at SUU


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Overview of General Education

The General Education (GE) program at SUU is central to its experiential education mission. Coursework is offered in core competency areas (English, mathematics, etc.) and across multiple disciplines to help broaden a student’s knowledge and understanding of the arts, humanities, and sciences. The GE core encompasses 12 to 13 credits of coursework consisting of introductory classes in English, math, and American institutions. An additional 19 to 23 credits of introductory coursework is required across six (6) broad Knowledge Areas: Integrated Learning, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The learning outcomes of courses in GE are designed to help students acquire skills and knowledge that continue to grow during their studies at SUU.

General Education Mission

The GE Program at SUU provides broad subject-area knowledge and learning skills foundational for achieving engaged, personalized, and rigorous learning that transcends and complements students’ majors and minors.

Essential Learning Outcomes

The SUU Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) are addressed and assessed in GE classes offered at SUU. However, not all GE courses encompass all of the ELOs. GE courses offer students the opportunity to explore issues and topics inherent in the ELOs. For a listing and definitions of the learning outcomes that form the core of General Education, see SUU’s Essential Learning Outcomes .

General Education Requirements by Degree

Associate of Arts/Science or Bachelor’s Degree

For a general associate’s or bachelor’s degree, the General Education program requires 31-36 credit hours of coursework.

  • Two courses in the English core, and a minimum of one course in each of the following core categories: Quantitative Literacy (mathematics) and American Institutions.
  • A minimum of 3 to 4 credit hours in each of the six (6) knowledge areas.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

See Undergraduate Degrees  for General Education and degree requirements.

General Education Components

Core Requirements & Learning Outcomes

The core requirements for General Education encompass 12 to 13 credit hours of coursework in Written Communication (English), Quantitative Literacy (mathematics), and American Institutions. These courses are intended to give students knowledge and skills necessary to effectively communicate, be able to demonstrate basic mathematical competency, and have an understanding of history of the United States and its economic and political systems.      

Students must complete the English, mathematics, and Integrated Learning coursework before they have earned 60 credit hours at SUU. While not required, students are urged to also complete the American Institutions requirement within their first 60 credits.

Written Communication (English) Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate skill with the following: (1) Context and Purpose for Writing–includes consideration of audience, purpose, and the circumstances surrounding the writing task(s); (2) Content Development–uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject, conveying the writer’s understanding, and shaping the whole work; (3) Genre and Disciplinary Conventions–demonstrates detailed attention to and successful execution of a wide range of conventions particular to a specific discipline and/or writing task(s), including organization, content, presentation, formatting, and stylistic choices; (4) Sources and Evidence–demonstrates skillful use of high-quality, credible, relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of the writing; (5) Control of Syntax and Usage–uses language that skillfully communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency; and (6) Revision and Feedback–shapes texts through the process of revision and feedback.

Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate skill with the following: (1) Interpretation–explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, and tables); (2) Representation–convert relevant information into various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, and tables); (3) Calculation–demonstrate the ability to successfully complete basic calculations to solve problems; (4) Application/Analysis–make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analysis of data, recognizing the limits of this analysis; (5) Assumption–make and evaluate important assumptions in estimation, modeling, and data analysis; (6) Communication–express quantitative evidence in support of the argument or purpose of the work (in terms of what evidence is used and how it is formatted, presented, and contextualized); and (7) Creation–demonstrate the ability to problem solve using quantitative literacy across multiple disciplines.

American Institutions Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate skill with the following: (1) Use of Primary Documents–analyze, contextualize, and use primary source documents to understand the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States; (2) Interpretation–explain and use historically, politically, and economically relevant information; (3) Communication–communicate effectively about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States; (4) Diversity–engage a diversity of viewpoints in a constructive manner that contributes to a dialogue about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States; and (5) Integration–use historical, political, and economic methods to come to an understanding of the United States that integrates those viewpoints.

Knowledge Area Requirements & Learning Outcomes

19 to 23 credits of introductory coursework is required across six (6) broad Knowledge Areas: Integrated Learning, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences. 

Integrated Learning Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Make connections among skills, ideas and experiences to synthesize and transfer their learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus; (2) Strategically and responsibly employ appropriate technologies to explore, create, collaborate, and organize in a digital context; and (3) Identify, locate, evaluate, attribute and share information effectively and ethically.

Note: Currently, this Knowledge Area requirement is satisfied by completing the following two courses: LM 1010  (1 Credit) and CSIS 1000  (3 Credits).

Fine Arts Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Discuss the scope and variety with the fine arts (i.e., art, music, theatre, or dance); (2) Recognize the aesthetic standards used in making critical judgments in various artistic fields; (3) Analyze and articulate understanding of a range of artistic processes; (4) Participate as an active contributor to the performance, production, exhibition, or design process in the Fine Arts; and (5) Demonstrate how the creative process is informed and limited by social and historical contexts.

Humanities Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Derive evidence from primary sources regarding the complexities and changes in human experience through analytical reading and critical thought; (2) Describe how human experience is shaped by social, cultural, linguistic, and/or historical circumstances; (3) Demonstrate attentiveness to linguistic, visual, and/or audio texts when communicating meaning; and (4) Use appropriate verbal, perceptual, or imaginative skills when organizing meanings, developing a sense of self, and balancing potentially disparate values.

Life Sciences Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Demonstrate understanding of science as a way of knowing about the natural world; (2) Demonstrate basic understanding of how organisms live, grow, respond to their environment, and reproduce; (3) Discuss the organization and flow of matter and energy through biological systems; (4) Explain from evidence patterns of inheritance, structural unity, adaptation, and diversity of life on Earth; and (5) Describe how the Life Sciences have been shaped by historical, ethical, and social contexts.

Physical Sciences Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Demonstrate understanding of science as a way of knowing about the physical world; (2) Demonstrate understanding of forces in the physical world; (3) Discuss the flow of matter and energy through systems (in large and small scales); (4) Develop evidence-based arguments regarding the effect of human activity on the Earth; and (5) Describe how the Physical Sciences have been shaped by historical, ethical, and social contexts.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: (1) Demonstrate understanding of relevant social and behavioral science methodologies and how they are used to understand or explain human relations or interactions; (2) Identify general principles of behavioral and social functioning; (3) Connect those questions and issues to the students’ own experiences; and (4) Demonstrate a critically reasoned understanding of social patterns and individual variation congruent with and divergent from those patterns.

General Education Policies

A.A./A.S. Transfer Policy within Utah System

An Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree earned at any institution within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), or at other non-Utah institutions with articulation agreements, will be considered as meeting the General Education requirement of any institution in the system. When the General Education requirements of an institution not offering the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree have been met in earning a 60 to 63 credit-hour diploma, a Registrar’s certification that the transferring student has completed baccalaureate-level General Education requirements at the sending institution will be accepted by SUU in lieu of the A.A./A.S. degree. In the latter case, the Registrar at the sending institution will forward to SUU an up-to-date description of the General Education requirements.

GE Certificate of Completion

Students who have completed the General Education requirements at Southern Utah University, and who transfer to another institution, may request a General Education Certificate of Completion. In order to qualify for the GE Certificate, students must:

  1. Complete all of the SUU General Education requirements;
  2. Earn at least 9 of the General Education credits from Southern Utah University; and
  3. Earn a SUU GPA of 2.0 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for this certificate. Students will meet with a Student Success Advisor who will determine whether or not the student has satisfied all the requirements. If so, the advisor will initiate the process. The Registrar’s Office will evaluate the request and, if all the requirements have been satisfied, will post the Certificate of Completion directly to the students’ transcript.

Optional Methods for Satisfying GE Requirements

The University provides alternate means of satisfying requirements in the General Education program. Students may complete general education requirements through Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school or by taking a series of tests under the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students interested in alternate means of satisfying general education requirements should refer to the Credit by Examination and Individual Study  section of this Catalog, or contact the Testing Center at (435) 865-8071 or their Student Success Advisor.

Transfer of General Education Course Credits

Students transferring to SUU from another institution are required to forward an official transcript for each college or university attended. Credits earned in general education from a campus in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) are transferable to SUU. Credits earned at a community college or at a university outside of the state of Utah will be evaluated before acceptance for transfer to SUU by the Registrar’s Office.


General Education Curriculum Summary (31-36 Credits)


Core Requirements (12-13 Credits)


Written Communication (English) Requirements (C)


Complete six (6) credit hours with a grade of “C-” or above:

Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) Requirement (C)


Complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours with a grade of “C-” or above:

American Institutions Requirement (I)


Complete three (3) credit hours with a grade of “D-” or above:

Note


If a transfer student has not completed the American Institutions requirement in his/her general education program, this must be completed at SUU. By prior approval of the appropriate department chair, more advanced classes may be counted toward general education.

Knowledge Area Requirements (19-23 Credits)


Complete 19 to 23 credit hours with a minimum of 3 credit hours in each knowledge area (4 credits in Integrated Learning). Excluding CSIS courses in Integrated Learning and Social & Behavioral Sciences, courses with the same academic prefix cannot be counted in more than one knowledge area.

Knowledge Area: Integrated Learning (IL)


Information Literacy Requirement (IL1)


Complete one (1) credit hour with a grade of “C-” or above:

Computer Literacy Requirement (IL2)


Complete three (3) credit hours with a grade of “C-” or above:

Knowledge Area: Humanities (H)


Complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours with a grade of “D-” or above:

Knowledge Area: Social and Behavioral Sciences* (S)


Complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours with a grade of “D-” or above:

Note


* Students may take either FLHD 1500  or PSY 1100 , not both, for credit.

Knowledge Area: Life Sciences** (L)


Complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours with a grade of “D-” or above:

Note


** Labs in some Life Sciences courses are required to be taken concurrently with the lecture. Consult a Student Success Advisor for more information. Students pursuing a major in a science-related field are strongly encouraged to take a lab with their Life Sciences courses.

Knowledge Area: Physical Sciences*** (P)


Complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours with a grade of “D-” or above:

Note


*** Labs in some Physical Sciences courses are required to be taken concurrently with the lecture. Consult a Student Success Advisor for more information. Students pursuing a major in a science-related field are strongly encouraged to take a lab with their Physical Sciences courses.