General Education

General Education / Liberal Studies


The General Education courses are integrated with the student’s major course of study over four years.  The final course in General Education is a Capstone Seminar completing a Liberal Studies minor.

1.       Goals and Learning Objectives

There are eight goals of the General Education program. Each goal is achieved through meeting a series of learning objectives.

Goal 1 Students will develop the ability to think critically and creatively.

Learning Objectives

  • Clearly and accurately summarize and evaluate the facts, presumptions, viewpoints, values, and arguments presented in a text or creative work.
  • Gather and assess relevant information and apply appropriate cognitive methods to solve problems or answer questions raised in a text or creative work.
  • Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying presumptions, values and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies and unanswered questions.
  • Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.


Goal 2: Students will apply qualitative, quantitative, and/or analytical reasoning.

Learning Objectives

  • Read with comprehension and critically interpret written work in discipline-specific contexts.
  • Critically interpret and analyze aesthetic qualities of works in literature and the fine or performing arts.
  • Apply quantitative, inductive, and deductive reasoning.
  • Apply abstract thinking and conceptual modeling.
  • Apply scientific methods to investigate and analyze the natural world.
  • Apply the methods of social science to ethically investigate and analyze human social behavior.
  • Describe, comprehend, and analyze the role of philosophical ideas, historical movements, or ethical debates in the development of cultures and civilizations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of lifelong learning and its value to individuals and societies.


Goal 3. Students will acquire proficiency in written communication.

Learning Objectives

  • Compose grammatical sentences.
  • Use various sentence forms to effectively modulate style and tone.
  • Compose a sequence of paragraphs that develop a point.
  • Summarize, quote, and respond to reliable texts to support and develop claims; apply relevant standards for citation.
  • Write an effective argumentative essay.
  • Respond to writing assignments using appropriate style, structure, and voice.
  • Apply editing, proofreading, and revising strategies.


Goal four. Students will acquire proficiency in oral communication.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate skill in oral communication for purposes such as informing, persuading, and/or defending.
  • Compose and deliver effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point; or participate in formal debates; or lead or participate in collaborative discussion of a question or a text.
  • When appropriate, use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids.


Goal five. Students will develop an awareness and understanding of global issues and ethical action in a global context.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide and understand information on subjects in different disciplines in English.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual, social, political, economic, or cultural practices of several cultures other than their own.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of ethical conduct in a variety of global contexts, and exhibit a personal adherence to ethical comportment in academic and interpersonal relationships.


Goal six. Students will develop skills essential to information literacy.

      Learning Objectives

  • Conduct research using the variety of information sources available to them.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relevance, reliability and utility of different sources.
  • Integrate sources effectively and ethically through proper citation.

Goal seven. Students will develop an awareness of social responsibility in both global and domestic contexts.

Learning Objective

  • Demonstrate an understanding of social issues both locally and globally.
  • Exhibit the capacity to analyze social issues and respond in a responsible and ethical manner through speaking, writing, or direct action.
  • Develop an awareness of one’s social responsibilities locally and as a global citizen, and demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively about how both individuals and institutions can address those responsibilities.


Goal eight. Students will develop the skills necessary to acquire technological competency.

      Learning Objective

  • Demonstrate the ability to use general or discipline-specific technologies to identify, retrieve, analyze, and communicate ideas and information.
  • Appreciate the rapidly evolving nature of technology and develop skills necessary to critically evaluate and use new and unfamiliar technologies.



General Education / Liberal Studies Requirement
Students in all program majors are required to complete 61 credits of General Education / Liberal Studies courses from the list below. Some program majors may require specific General Education courses(s) to be completed.


Course Code Course Name Credit Pre-requisite
General Education-Basic Skills
COMM 103 Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 ENGL 101 (Grade C)
SMNR 101 First Year Experience 1
SMNR 104 Leadership seminar with Ohio University 1
General Education-Humanities & Art
ENGL 240 Contemporary World Literature 3 ENGL 102
HIST 130 World History  to 1500 C.E. 3 ENGL 101
HIST 131 World History  1500  C.E. to the present 3 HIST 130
HUMN 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3 ENGL 101
HUMN 110 Arts and Culture 3 HUMN 101
HUMN 250 Ethics and Society 3
ART 210(4) Drawing I 3
ART 215(4) Drawing II 3
ART 240(4) Basic Design 3
ART 442(4) Business Principles 3
General Education-Natural Sciences and Mathematics
CSCI 160(1) Orientation to Computing
ENVS 131 Environmental Science 3
ENVS 131L Environmental Science (Lab) 1
GEOG 220 Introduction to Physical Geography 4
ITEC 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3
MATH 177 Elementary Statistics 3
MATH 101(2) College Algebra 3
NUTR 250 Nutrition and Disease 3 ENVS 131
PSCI 220 Exploring the Universe 3 ENVS 131
GEOG 220 Introducation to Physical Geography
GEOS 251(3) Physical Geology 4
PHYS 141(3) Introductory Mechanics 4
PHYS 241(3) Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
CHEM 151(3) General Chemistry I 3
General Education-Social and Behavioral Science
BUSN 101 Introduction to Business 3
BUSN 200(2) Introduction to Business Communications 3
ECON 200(2) Economics 3
GBLA 101 Introduction to International Relations 3 POLS 110
GBLA 220 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3 ENGL 101
GEOG 320 World Political Geography 3 GEOG 120, POLS 110
LEGL 101 Introduction to Law and Legal Systems 3
POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science 3 ENGL 101
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 ENGL 101
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 ENGL 101
General Education-Capstone
INDS 450 Capstone Course for Liberal Studies 3 Level 1 & 2 GE courses
(1)CSCI 160 is a required course or students enrolled in the BSc in Computer Science with FHSU.
(2)MATH 101, BUSN 220, ECON 200  is required courses for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business in Business Administration dual degree with the UA.
(3)GEOS 251, PHYS 141, PHYS 241, and CHEM 151 are required courses for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering dual degree with the UA.
(4) ART210, ART215, ART240, ART442 are mandatory for students enrolled in the Interior Design program.



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