Feb 27, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog [Current] 
    
2020-2021 General Catalog [Current]

General Education (Certificate)


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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate that they possess the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the civic life of their community and to promote the enhancement of the quality of life in a community through both political and non-political processes.
  • Students make connections among ideas and experiences and can synthesize and transfer their learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the fine arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, life and physical sciences.
  • Students demonstrate that they possess the skills and dispositions that are necessary for a self-sufficient learner to engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence.
  • Students design, evaluate, and implement strategies to answer open-ended questions or achieve a desired goal.
  • Students can understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
  • Students demonstrate productive interaction with others (in or out of class) to complete assignments, tasks or projects.
  • Students develop and express ideas and will be able to do so in a variety of ways, namely in writing, by speaking, visually, kinesthetically, through design or aurally.
  • Students combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways, as well as think, react, and work in an imaginative way.
  • Students demonstrate disciplined processes of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
  • Students strategically and responsibly employ appropriate technologies to explore, create, collaborate, and organize in a digital context.
  • Students describe and analyze positions on ethical issues, apply reasoning about right and wrong human conduct, demonstrate ethical decision-making skills, and demonstrate an evolving ethical self-identity.
  • Students identify, locate, evaluate, attribute and share information effectively and ethically.
  • Inquiry: Students systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments.
  • Analysis: Students break complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  • Students demonstrate that they possess a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

Program Information

  • Students must earn at least nine (9) of the General Education credits from Southern Utah University to be eligible for the Certificate of Proficiency in General Education.
  • Students must earn an SUU GPA of 2.0 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

General Education Curriculum Summary (30-35 Credits*)


Core Requirements (12-15 Credits)


Written Communication (English)


Complete six to eight (6-8) credit hours with a grade of “C-” or above:

Note


Students with ACT English scores at or above 29 will be awarded three (3) “Pass (P)” credits for ENGL 1010.

Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics)


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

Note


Students with ACT Math scores at or above 26 will be awarded three (3) “Pass (P)” credits in MATH 1000E, which fulfills the Quantitative Literacy (QL) General Education requirement. This course may not fulfill major-specific QL requirements. Consult a Student Success Advisor for more information.

American Institutions


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

Note


Transfer students who have not completed the American Institutions requirement in their previous General Education program must complete this requirement at SUU. By prior approval of the appropriate department chair, more advanced classes may be counted toward General Education.

Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)


Complete 16 to 20 credit hours with a minimum of 3 credit hours in each knowledge area (1 credit hour in Integrated Learning).

Integrated Learning


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

Humanities


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

Social and Behavioral Sciences


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.

Physical Sciences


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.

Integrated General Education Options


SUU offers options for students to complete two General Education Knowledge Areas in one team-taught 6-credit course. This dedicated time allows for deep investigation of relevant, timely topics that integrate the learning outcomes of two Knowledge Areas. Expand the courses below to view sample section topics in the course description. Topics vary by semester, so please contact your Student Success Advisor for information on current course offerings.

* Note


Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in their General Education program. If students do not meet this minimum number of credits from the required Core and Knowledge Areas listed above, they must complete additional General Education Core and/or Knowledge Area courses to earn the minimum 30 credits of General Education necessary. Course(s) used to reach the minimum 30 General Education credits must be earned with the minimum grade of their corresponding Core or Knowledge Area category.

Total Credits, Certificate: 30-35


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