General Education

Requirements

 

The general education requirements listed below are incorporated into all majors at USCS. They represent a minimum level of introduction to various subdivisions in the liberal arts, providing a common educational experience for all USCS graduates. A course may be used to satisfy only one general education requirement.

 

I. Communication (9 hours)

Purposes: To be able to read, write, speak and comprehend standard English effectively.

 

English 101 and 102; or 146* ................... 6

Speech 201 .............................................. 3

 

All students must be proficient in writing to be graduated from USCS. English 102 or 146 (with a minimum grade of C in 146) at USCS satisfies this requirement. Transfer students may demonstrate proficiency in writing by any of the following:

• Successful completion of English 102 at

USCS

• Successful completion of English 146 at USCS with a minimum grade of C

• Successful completion of a writing competency test (the test may be repeated once)

 

*Six hours of credit are awarded with a minimum grade of C in English 146.

 

 

 

II. Mathematics (6 hours)

Purposes: To have knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra especially as used in solving principal, interest, motion, area, volume, rate and comparable concepts; to be able to construct, read and interpret graphs, to be able to understand elementary statistics.

 

Mathematics 120 or a higher level

mathematics course (some USCS majors

require higher level mathematics courses)

or successful completion of a mathematics

competency examination ........................ 3

One additional course to be selected from a

higher level mathematics course, logic or

statistics .................................................. 3

 

 

 

 

III. Arts and Humanities (9 hours)

Purposes: To exhibit an appreciation of the

cultural roots of modern society; to develop

analytical reading and writing skills; to  explore the fine arts: music, art, drama.

 

Fine arts .................................................... 3

History 111, 112 ........................................ 3

One course selected from the following

(but not more than 3 hours in a single

discipline in the fine arts) ........................... 3

American literature; American studies; art;

English literature, linguistics, film or writing;

history; literature in a foreign language;

music; philosophy; religion; speech; theatre;

world literature; women's studies

 

 

IV. Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 hours)

Purposes: To understand the dynamics

of interactions at the personal, group and societal level; to have introductory understanding of the dynamics of local, state, national and international relationships; to exhibit the ability to organize data and information and to analyze and interpret data and information.

 

Government 201 or American Studies 101

or 102 ....................................................... 3

Courses from two of the following, with

two disciplines represented: ..................... 6

Anthropology; Economics 221, 222;

government and international studies;

Geography 101, 103; psychology (except 225); sociology (except 201); Women's studies 101

 

 

V. Natural Science (7-8 hours)

Purposes: To explore the methods, strengths and limitations of science; to exhibit a knowledge of important scientific models which form a basis of our modern culture; to experience the gathering, organization and interpretation of data; to

explore the interrelatedness of science and society.

 

Two courses, including at least one

laboratory course, to be selected from

one or more of the following: ................ 7-8

Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry;

Geography 201, 202; Geology; Physics

 

 

VI. Foreign Culture (3 hours)

Purposes: To develop an understanding of

contemporary foreign culture; to have an

awareness of cultural diversity; to increase

understanding of international issues.

 

A course of an international nature

chosen from the following: ………………  3

Anthropology 102; art; Economics

503; English 275, 290, 322, 319,

423; Geography 121, 212, 340;

Government and International

Studies 310, 326, 327, 420, 491;

History 112, 334, 335, 343, 340, 341,

360, 361, 370, 371, 372, 391; or any

foreign language course except 103;

or Religion 103.

 

 

VII. Computer Studies (3 hours)

Purposes: To exhibit a knowledge of the uses

and limitations of computers, both generally and

in the student’s major discipline; to be able to

use existing software packages and word

processing on a micro computer.

 

This requirement may be fulfilled in one

of the following three ways: …………….   3

Computer Science 138 ; a computer science course numbered 141 or above; or Engineering 101 and 102.

 

Students with previous computer experience may satisfy the computer studies requirement by successful completion of a competency test.

 

 

VIII.Senior Seminar (1-12 hours)

Purposes: To integrate knowledge at an

advanced level; to explore ethical issues; to

gain experience in research and oral presentation.

 

A course or combination of courses (1 or

more semester hours) selected in

consultation with the student’s major

advisor……………………………………    1-12

 

 

Total general education

requirements ..... 47- 60 hours