General Education

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.

a) Goal One: Students will develop the ability to think critically and creatively.
Learning Objectives

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

b) Goal Two: Students will apply qualitative, quantitative, and/or analytical reasoning.
Learning Objectives

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

c) Goal Three: Students will acquire proficiency in written communication.
Learning Objectives

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

d) Goal Four: Students will acquire proficiency in oral communication.
Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate skill in oral communication for purposes such as informing, persuading, and/or defending.
  2. 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.
  3. When appropriate, use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids.

e) Goal Five: Students will develop an awareness and understanding of global issues and ethical action in a global context.
Learning Objectives

  1. Provide and understand information on subjects in different disciplines in English.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual, social, political, economic, or cultural practices of
    several cultures other than their own.
  3. 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.

f) Goal Six: Students will develop skills essential to information literacy.
Learning Objectives

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

g) Goal Seven: Students will develop an awareness of social responsibility in both global and domestic contexts.
Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of social issues both locally and globally.
  2. Exhibit the capacity to analyze social issues and respond in a responsible and ethical manner through speaking, writing, or direct action.
  3. 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.

h) Goal Eight: Students will develop the skills necessary to acquire technological competency.
Learning Objectives

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

2. 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.
Basic Skills

COMM 103 Oral Communication 3 units
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 units
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 units
SMNR 101 First Year Experience 1 units

Humanities and Arts

ENGL 240 Contemporary World Literature 3 units
ETHS 150 Ethics and Society 3 units
HIST 130 World History I 3 units
HIST 131 World History II 3 units
HUMN 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3 units
HUMN 110 Arts and Culture 3 units
HUMN 250 Ethics and Society 3 units

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

ENVS 131 Environmental Science with Lab 4 units
ITEC 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3 units
MATH 120 or Math Modeling (2013-14 only) 3 units
MATH 177 Elementary Statistics 3 units
NUTR 250 Nutrition and Disease 3 units
Exploring the Universe 3 units

Social and Behavioral Science

BUSN 101 Introduction to Business 3 units
ECON 140 Macroeconomics I 3 units
ECON 150 Microeconomics I 3 units
GBLA 101 Introduction to International Relations 3 units
GBLA 230 International Political Economy 3 units
GEOG 120 World Geography 3 units
GEOG 320 World Political Geography 3 units
LEGL 101 Introduction to Law and Legal Systems 3 units
POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 units
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOCI 300 Cambodian Youth Organizations 3 units

3. Writing and Speaking Across the Curriculum
AUPP is committed to developing students who can communicate well, both orally and in writing. The basic skills courses give students the fundamentals of communication. To become proficient, however, students need to continue to practice communication skills. Therefore, it is the policy of AUPP that all courses require at least one written report and one oral presentation.

4. Integration of General/Liberal Studies with Selection of a Major
Entering students will be tested for English proficiency and appointed to either the English preparatory program or to the collegiate level. If additional studies in English are required the student will enroll in English preparation and will take no collegiate courses in the first semester. If the English proficiency is sufficient for collegiate work, the student will be enrolled in three to five courses, depending upon the Calendar and Courses Offered in the first semester of study. Normally, the first courses would be chosen from the options for the General Education/Liberal Studies program. One of the courses will be the First Year Experience and the remainder will be assigned on the basis of course offerings for that semester.

In the spring semester, upon successful completion of the fall courses, the student will continue with the General Education/Liberal Studies courses but will also add a minimum of one course in their selected major. For example, if the student has declared a business major, he or she would take an introductory business course. Each student will enroll in a minimum of five courses (15 units) for the spring and all subsequent semesters while at AUPP. Specific courses taken each semester will be chosen with the assistance of a faculty advisor and a complete plan will be developed to ensure completion of the General Education/Liberal Studies program, a Major and an optional Minor.

Students who are placed in the English preparatory program for the Fall semester, and who successfully complete that program at the collegiate level will enroll in six courses, including the First Year Experience, for a total of 16 units for the Spring semester.