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General Education

The General Education courses are integrated with the student’s major course of study over four years.

Goals and Learning Objectives

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

Students will develop the ability to think critically and creatively.

  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.

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

  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.

Students will acquire proficiency in written communication.

  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.

Students will acquire proficiency in oral communication.

  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. 

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

  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.

Students will develop skills essential to information literacy.

  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.

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

  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.

Students will develop the skills necessary to acquire technological competency.

  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.

General Education

Students in all program majors is required to complete 61 credits of General Education courses from the list below. Different program majors may require specific General Education courses(s) to be completed.

Students must complete the required credits in the following categories of general education courses.

Category: FoundationRequired Credit: 13Credit
COMM 103Oral Communications3
ENGL 101English Composition 13
ENGL 102English Composition 23
ENGL 103English for Academic Purposes3
ITEC 101Introduction to Information Technology3
SMNR 101First Year Experience1
Category: Humanities and ArtsRequired Credit: 12 – 15Credit
The following 3 courses are compulsory.
HUMN 101Introduction to the Humanities3
HUMN 110Arts and Culture3
HUMN 250Ethics and Society3
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do both courses.
ENGL 240English Literature3
ENGL 260Southeast Asian Literature and Film in Translation3
Category: Behavioural and Social SciencesRequired Credit: 12 – 18Credit
The following 4 courses are compulsory.
HIST 130World History to 15003
HIST 131World History from 15003
GEOG 120World Regional Geography3
*ECON 2001Economics3
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do all three courses.
*POLS 1102Introduction to Political Science3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3
Category: Maths and Natural SciencesRequired Credit: 15 – 18Credit
The following 4 courses are compulsory.
MATH 177Elementary Statistics3
MATH 200Business Calculus3
GEOG 220Physical Geography3
PSCI 220Exploring the Universe3
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do both courses.
ENVS 131Environmental Science3
CHEM 151General Chemistry3
Category: Additional
Students who have completed the compulsory courses in the above categories may choose to make up the required total of 61 credits from the following.
BUSN 200Introduction to Business Communication3
ENGL 103English for Academic Purposes3
GEOG 220 LPhysical Geography Laboratory1
*LEGL 1013Introduction to Law and Legal Systems3
*GBLA  1014Introduction to International Relations3
SMNR 104Leadership Seminar with Ohio University1


1ECON 200: student is in Tourism and Hospitality major and in Information Technology Management takes ECON 140 and ECON 150 instead of ECON 200.

2POLS 110 is compulsory for Global Affairs major.

3LEGL 101 is compulsory for Law and Global Affairs major.

4GBLA 101 is compulsory for Global Affairs major.