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.

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

1.1  Clearly and accurately summarize and evaluate the facts, presumptions, viewpoints, values, and arguments presented in a text or creative work.

1.2  Gather and assess relevant information and apply appropriate cognitive methods to solve problems or answer questions raised in a text or creative work.

1.3  Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.

1.4  Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying presumptions, values and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies and unanswered questions.

1.5  Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.


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

2.1  Read with comprehension and critically interpret written work in discipline-specific contexts.

2.2  Critically interpret and analyze aesthetic qualities of works in literature and the fine or performing arts.

2.3  Apply quantitative, inductive, and deductive reasoning.

2.4  Apply abstract thinking and conceptual modeling.

2.5  Apply scientific methods to investigate and analyze the natural world.

2.6  Apply the methods of social science to ethically investigate and analyze human social behavior.

2.7  Describe, comprehend, and analyze the role of philosophical ideas, historical movements, or ethical debates in the development of cultures and civilizations.

2.8  Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of lifelong learning and its value to individuals and societies.


3. Goal Three. Students will acquire proficiency in written communication.

3.1  Compose grammatical sentences.

3.2  Use various sentence forms to effectively modulate style and tone.

3.3  Compose a sequence of paragraphs that develop a point.

3.4  Summarize, quote, and respond to reliable texts to support and develop claims; apply relevant standards for citation.

3.5  Write an effective argumentative essay.

3.6  Respond to writing assignments using appropriate style, structure, and voice.

3.7  Apply editing, proofreading, and revising strategies.


4. Goal Four. Students will acquire proficiency in oral communication.

4.1  Demonstrate skill in oral communication for purposes such as informing, persuading, and/or defending.

4.2  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.

4.3  When appropriate, use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids.


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

5.1  Provide and understand information on subjects in different disciplines in English.

5.2  Demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual, social, political, economic, or cultural practices of several cultures other than their own.

5.3  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.


6. Goal Six. Students will develop skills essential to information literacy.

6.1  Conduct research using the variety of information sources available to them.

6.2  Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relevance, reliability and utility of different sources.

6.3  Integrate sources effectively and ethically through proper citation.


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

7.1  Demonstrate an understanding of social issues both locally and globally.

7.2  Exhibit the capacity to analyze social issues and respond in a responsible and ethical manner through speaking, writing, or direct action.

7.3  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.


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

8.1  Demonstrate the ability to use general or discipline-specific technologies to identify, retrieve, analyze, and communicate ideas and information.

8.2  Appreciate the rapidly evolving nature of technology and develop skills necessary to critically evaluate and use new and unfamiliar technologies.

General Education Courses

Students in all program majors except Architecture and Civil Engineering are 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.

General Education Requirements (Total credit required: 61)
Students must complete the required credits in the following categories of general education courses.
Category: Foundation Required Credit: 16 Cr Pre-requisite
COMM 103 Oral Communications 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 1 3
ENGL 102 English Composition 2 3 ENGL 101 (Grade C)
ENGL 103 English for Academic Purposes 3 ENGL 101
ITEC 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3
SMNR 101 First Year Experience 1
Category: Humanities and Arts  Required Credit: 12 – 15
The following 3 courses are compulsory.
HUMN 101 Introduction to the Humanities 3
HUMN 110 Arts and Culture 3
HUMN 250 Ethics and Society 3
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do both courses.
ENGL 240 English Literature 3 ENGL 102
ENGL 260 Southeast Asian Literature and Film in Translation 3 ENGL 102
Category: Behavioural and Social Sciences Required Credit: 12 – 18
The following 4 courses are compulsory.
HIST 130 World History to 1500 3
HIST 131 World History from 1500 3 HIST 130
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3 ENGL 101
ECON 200 Economics
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do all three courses.
POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Category: Maths and Natural Sciences Required Credits: 15-18
The following 4 courses are compulsory.
MATH 177 Elementary Statistics 3
MATH 200 Business Calculus 3
GEOG 220 Physical Geography 3 GEOG 120
PSCI 220 Exploring the Universe 3
One of the following is compulsory. Students may opt to do both courses.
ENVS 131 Environmental Science 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 3

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 200 Business Communications 3


GEOG 220 L Physical Geography Laboratory 1
LEGL 101* Introduction to Law and Legal Systems 3
GBLA  101** Introduction to International Relations 3 POLS 110
SMNR 104


Leadership Seminar with Ohio University 1


LEGL 101* is compulsory for Law major
GBLA 101* is compulsory for Global Affairs major.
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