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General Education Program


General Education Program
Education for Participation in the Global Community

Director: Chris Foreman
Email: cforeman@emich.edu
Website: http://www.emich.edu/gened

General education is the core of an undergraduate education. It is general in that it provides students with a comprehensive educational experience and prepares them for study within their major.  General education teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively; it provides an introduction to the methodologies and practices of the…academic disciplines; it promotes intellectual curiosity and a love of learning.  General education…(is) the heart of an EMU education and a source of institutional pride.

Area I: Effective Communication (GEEC (General Education Effective Communication))

  1. Required course in Written Composition or Waiver1
  2. Required course in Oral Communication or Departmental Waiver1

Other University Requirement: All EMU students (as of Fall 2007) are required to complete an approved upper-level Writing Intensive (WI) course designated by their major. Students should check with their major advisors. In the schedule book, “Writing Intensive” courses will always be indicated with a “W” after the course prefix and number.

Area II: Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR (General Education Quantitative Reasoning))

  1. One EMU-approved course in Quantitative Reasoning or Waiver1

Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World

  1. One EMU-approved course in Global Awareness (GEGA (General Education Global Awareness))
  2. One EMU-approved course in US Diversity (GEUS (General Education US Diversity))

Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines

  1. Two EMU-approved courses in the Arts with different prefixes (GEKA (General Education Knowledge of the Arts))
  2. Two EMU-approved courses in Humanities with different prefixes (GEKH (General Education Knowledge of Humanities))
  3. Two EMU-approved courses in Natural Science with different prefixes (GEKN (General Education Knowledge of Natural Science))
  4. Two EMU-approcourses in Social Science with different prefixes (GEKS (General Education Knowledge of Social Science))

Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC/GELB)

Satisfy two (2) of the following six (6) groups by completing one EMU-approved experience or course in two different groups.

  1. Self and Well-Being
  2. Community Service, Citizenship & Leadership
  3. Cultural & Academic Activities & Events
  4. Career and Professional Development
  5. International & Multicultural Experience
  6. Undergraduate Research

 

Total Credits for General Education 30-57 hours
Minimum Credits for Academic Major (includes Writing Intensive Requirement 2) 30 hours
Minimum Credits for Academic Minor 20 hours
Credits Allowed for Electives (number depends on major/minor choice, waivers, LBC choices) 0-44 hours

Total Minimum Credits for Graduation

124 hours


1 Information about Waivers, Placement, and Substitutions can be found here.
2
Other University Requirements: All students must complete an approved upper-level “Writing Intensive course which can be found here ; this may be a required course within the major. Students must check with their major advisors. In the schedule book, “Writing Intensive” courses will always be indicated with a “W” after the course prefix and number.

Area I: Effective Communication (GEEC)


Area I: Effective Communication (GEEC)

One option from the following:


One option from the following:


Area II: Quantitative Reasoning (QR/GEQR)


Area II: Quantitative Reasoning (QR/GEQR)

This requirement is initially based on students’ math sub-score for the ACT or SAT. The scores on the following matrix determine what course(s) a student may use to fulfill his/her QR requirement. QR choice is an option for students with math level three or less. For more information regarding QR Choice, go here.

 

Math Level ACT Score SAT Score QR Choice Score Take a course or courses from the following
1 less than 19 less than 520 N/A MATH 097/MATH 098 (or math placement test) in preparation for MATH 110 or MATH 110E
3 19-22 520-570 N/A MATH 110 or MATH 110E
4-5 23-27 580-660 53-92 MATH 110 or MATH 110E or COSC 106
        the student may use another course from the list below for his/her QR:
        MATH 118 Linear Models and Probability 
        MATH 119 Applied Calculus 
        MATH 120 Calculus I (requires math level 6)
        MATH 170 Elementary Statistics 
        PHIL 181 Logic and Model Theory 
        PLSC 210 Introduction to Political Analysis 
        SOCL 250 Quantitative Applications in Sociology 
        STS 224 Solving Quantitative Problems in Technology 
6 28  or higher 670 or higher 93 or higher Students are waived from the this requirement 

 

Refer to the chart above to determine which QR course(s) a student should take to satisfy this requirement.  See below for course descriptions. Students who have passed MATH 104 with a “C” or better, or who have transfer credit for MATH 104, can elect any of the QR courses to satisfy this requirement.

Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World


Area III: Perspective on a Diverse World

Courses applicable to the categories of Global Awareness and U.S. Diversity may also be listed as courses within Area IV Knowledge of the Disciplines. However, students may NOT use the same course to meet both requirements.

One course on Global Awareness (GEGA):


One course from the following:


  • GEOG 179 - Sustainable Development (3 hrs) [effective Winter 2009]

One course on US Diversity (GEUS):


Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines


Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines

Courses applicable to Area IV Knowledge of the Disciplines may also be listed as courses within the Area III categories of Global Awareness and U.S. Diversity. However, students may NOT use the same course to meet both requirements.

Two courses in Arts with different prefixes (GEKA):


Choose two courses with different prefixes (e.g. ART and CRTW):

Two courses in Humanities with different prefixes (GEKH):


Choose two courses with different prefixes (e.g. LITR and PHIL):

Two courses in Natural Science with different prefixes (GEKN):


Choose two groups with different prefixes. Note that some options require students to take two courses (e.g., ASTR 105 and ASTR 204) and some are one-course options (e.g., ESSC 110):

Two courses in Social Sciences with different prefixes (GEKS):


Choose two courses from different prefixes (e.g. AAS and ECON):

Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC/GELB)


Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC/GELB)

Satisfy two (2) of the following six (6) groups by completing one EMU-approved experience or course in two different groups (e.g., Group 3: Attend eight (8) cultural or academic events and Group 2: Complete WGST 230L Conversations with Girls).

All approved LBC experiences and courses must be affiliated with Eastern Michigan University. For more information about the LBC requirement go to the General Education Program website. For more information about the suggested steps for completing the General Education LBC requirement, go to Campus Life’s website and click on the Gen Ed LBC tab.

Faculty and staff, click here for information about how to confirm student LBC participation.

 

Group 1: Self and Well-Being


One option from the following:


Option I: Participate in Coached Sports at EMU:

  1. EMU Athletics Department: Men’s Sports:
    Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Swimming, Indoor/Outdoor Track/Field, Wrestling.
     
  2. EMU Athletics Department: Women’s Sports:
    Basketball, Cross-Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor/Outdoor Track/Field, Volleyball.
     
  3. EMU-recognized Club Sports Teams:
    Club Soccer, Detroit Mixed Martial Arts, Disc Golf at EMU, Eagle Paintball Club, Gymnastics Club, Judo/Jujitsu/Sombo Club, Kayakers of EMU, Men’s Lacrosse, Ski and Snowboard Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Club Water Polo

Option II: Participate in Other Related Campus Activities

  • Personal Safety and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) free workshops
  • Wellness Wheel

Option III: Take a credit-bearing class:

Group 2: Community Service, Citizenship and Leadership


Option I: Participate in an intensive leadership development experience sponsored by campus departments:

  • Alternative Breaks (through Diversity & Community Involvement’s VISION program)
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
  • Emerging Leaders Series
  • Greek Impact Leadership Program
  • LeaderShape
  • Naval ROTC Summer Cruise
  • New Student Orientation Assistant (NSOA)
  • Student Volunteerism Conferences (e.g., MCC Service Leadership Camp; Idealist Conference; Breakaway ABC School)

Option II: Serve on the executive board of a recognized student organization (for one year)

Option III: Volunteer for community service with a recognized student organization (minimum 40 hours of volunteer service)

Option IV: Work as a student employee in a campus leadership role:

  • Admissions Visit Programs Student Coordinator [effective Winter 2009]
  • Campus Life Involvement Corps
  • Cellar Roots Editor
  • Center for Student Involvement Reception Desk Manager
  • Community Service Officer (CSO)
  • Dining Services Manager
  • Echo Editor
  • Echo Sales Manager
  • Holman Learning Center Supplemental Instructor
  • Housing Resident Advisor
  • REC/IM Supervisor
  • Resident Advisor
  • Student Body President and Vice President
  • Student Center Information Center Manager
  • Student Center Building Manager
  • Student Program Coordinator/LGBT Resource Center
  • Student Program Coordinator/Women’s Center
  • Student Program Coordinator/Center for Multicultural Affairs
  • Student Program Coordinator/VISION

Option V: Participate in Other Related Campus Activities:

  • American Humanics (AH) Internship Program: The Nonprofit Scholars Program [effective Winter 2009]

Option VI: Take a designated service learning credit-bearing class:

Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events


Option I: Attend eight (8) cultural or academic events [Note: Attending 8 events = satisfying one LBC experience in this group]

These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off-campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. Check the Gen Ed website, Student Activities Calendar, and/or resources for finding LBC events to identify LBC-approved events. The following are examples of the types of events which typically qualify:

  • Art Exhibitions
  • Lectures, Colloquia, Symposia
  • Music and Dance Performances
  • Theatrical Performances

Option II: Participate in a cultural, arts or entertainment production

These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off-campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. The following are some of the opportunities that are typically available: Events sponsored solely by a student organization are specifically excluded from consideration.

  • Visual Artists/Exhibitor at EMU Art Exhibits
  • Vocal or Ensemble Musician in EMU Production
  • Dancer in EMU Production
  • Forensics Team
  • Theatrical Performer (Mainstage Productions; CloseUp Theatre Troupe; Six Figures Playback Theatre)
  • Event Stage Manager
  • Event Crew Member (sets, props, sound, lighting, costume, makeup)
  • Event Planning Committee Member (programming, budgeting, contracting, marketing, facilities and technical operations, event managemnt); eg., Campus Life Involvement Corps; Intermedia Gallery Group; Women’s Center Vagina Monologuues

Option III: Take a credit-bearing class:

Group 4: Career and Professional Development


Option I: Participate in a non-credit bearing career exploration experience

  • American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI)
  • Aviation Safety and Professional Workshops
  • Graphic Designer Job with Campus Life, DCI, or Student Center
  • Eastern Echo Staff Member
  • Road Rules for Choosing a Major
  • Webmaster Student Position

Option II: Take a credit-bearing career exploration course. A course with any of the following word(s) in the title:

  • Clinical
  • Co-operative Education
  • Field Experience
  • Field Work
  • DTC (Dietetics) Experience
  • Internship
  • Practicum

Option III: Significant involvement with a professional (regional, national, or international) discipline-based organization.

To find participation opportunities check with your academic major department. Professional discipline-based organizations are those maintained outside the boundaries of EMU; e.g., American Psychological Association (APA); National Communication Association (NCA). This involvement must be documented work for the organization as a volunteer or officer.

Option IV: Student Teaching

EDUC 490-499 Student Teaching courses
More information on student teaching can be found here.

Option V: Take a credit-bearing class

Group 5: International and Multicultural Experience


Option I: Study Abroad sponsored by EMU (Academic Programs Abroad Office; Alternative Spring Break outside the United States)

Option II: Participate in planning and implementing a major international or multicultural event at EMU

These events must be held on campus, sponsored by an academic department, college, DC1 or Campus Life, and you must have significant, documented involvement in the programming, budgeting, contracting, marketing, facilities and technical operations, or management of the event. The following are examples of the types of events that typically qualify:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Black History Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • International Week
  • Martin Luther King (MLK) Week
  • Model United Nations
  • Native American History Month
  • Pride Month

Option III: Foreign Language Courses

  • Any foreign language course, if not used to fulfill the Gen Ed Humanities requirements
  • Any second foreign language course, if a first course is used to fulfill the Gen Ed Humanities requirements

Option IV: Take an LBC approved credit-bearing class at EMU

Group 6: Undergraduate Research


Option I: Engage in original scholarship or creative activity leading to dissemination of work

  • Presentation of original student work at a state, regional, national, or international conference
  • Presenter at EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium
  • Publication of original student work in a juried professional journal, website, book, etc. Must be sponsored by EMU faculty member
  • Publication in an official peer reviewed publication at EMU (e.g., EMU’s Real Beginnings)

Option II: Participate in an approved research-design experience

  • Mathematical Contest in Modeling
  • Product Research & Development Enterprise