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General Education Requirements



The College’s general education requirements represent a conviction on the part of faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively and relate to the world around them. While courses completed in a particular field of study develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen profession, general education courses not only enhance the awareness of the world and the people in it, but also foster an appreciation of the humanities and provide a basic understanding of mathematical and scientific principles. The basic competencies derived from general education provide a foundation for success in educational and career goals.     

General education courses provide the means by which students learn to think, describe, interpret and analyze the world. Their primary purpose is to educate, rather than train, and to instill a desire for life-long learning, as well as incorporate the Franciscan values of service, reverence and love for all life, joyfulness of spirit, humility and justice.

Our Lady of the Lake College graduates will demonstrate these learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate effective and appropriate written, oral and non-verbal communication skills in interactions with a variety of populations, using a variety of methods.
  2. Demonstrate basic information literacy skills, the ability to use deductive and inductive reasoning, and the ability to use technology for conducting research and composing.
  3. Demonstrate ability to read effectively different kinds of texts from different disciplines.
  4. Understand and apply methods of scientific inquiry.
  5. Use scientific literacy to make informed decisions about current social issues and develop strategies to address those issues.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology and concepts used in at least one scientific discipline (Associate-level) or multiple scientific disciplines (Baccalaureate-level).
  7. Use foundational mathematical concepts that represent the base for subsequent courses in mathematics and their chosen field.
  8. Represent and interpret information using mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, and tables and draw inferences from them.
  9. Apply mathematical solutions to real-world problems.
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope of human and cultural diversity and recognize diverse perspectives.
  11. Demonstrate the capacity for introspection and self-assessment, which leads to change from self-centered thinking to social responsibility.
  12. Apply the values from the College mission, which embodies Franciscan values, in service to various communities.

To fulfill the general education requirements, students must complete a specific number of credit hours as prescribed below:

  1. Students completing an associate degree must complete 19 credit hours of coursework, including one service learning project.
  2. Students completing a baccalaureate degree must complete 44 credit hours of coursework, including two service learning projects.

For more information, please visit the Service Learning section of this catalog.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements 

COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCY: 7 CREDIT HOURS


ACSM (1 credit hour)


ACSM 1110

WRIT (6 credit hours)

WRIT 1310; WRIT 1311

SOCIAL CULTURAL COMPETENCY: 6 CREDIT HOURS

Behavioral/Social Sciences (3 credit hours)

PSYC 1310; ANTH 1310; SOCI 1310

Religion (3 credit hours)

RELS 1310 or RELS 2310

COMPUTATIONAL COMPETENCY: 3 CREDIT HOURS

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

MATH 1315

NATURAL SCIENCE COMPETENCY: 3 CREDIT HOURS

Sciences (3 credit hours) 
 

BIOL; CHEM; PHYS; PHSC

*Some programs designate a specific science class for this requirement. A student should consult with his/her advisor before enrolling.

 Baccalaureate Degree General Education Requirements 

COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCY: 10 CREDIT HOURS

ACSM (1 credit hour)

ACSM 1110

WRIT (6 credit hours)

WRIT 1310; WRIT 1311

Communication  (3 credit hours)

COMM1310

SOCIAL CULTURAL COMPETENCY: 18 CREDIT HOURS
Religion (3 credit hours) RELS 1310; RELS 2310

Behavioral/Social Sciences (6 credit hours)
 

ANTH; PSYC; SOCI

Humanities (9 credit hours)
(6 credit hours must be from the same discipline and the remaining 3 credit hours from another discipline

ART; ENGL, HIST, MUSI, PHIL, RELS, SPAN

COMPUTATIONAL COMPETENCY: 6 CREDIT HOURS

College Algebra (3 credit hours)

MATH  1315

Statistics or Logic (3 credit hours)

MATH 2315; PHIL 2310

NATURAL SCIENCE COMPETENCY: 10 CREDIT HOURS

*Sciences
Students must take 6 credit hours in a course sequence from one science discipline and 3 credit hours in another science discipline.

Students must take a 1 credit hour laboratory course in one of the two disciplines chosen to fulfill this requirement.

BIOL; CHEM; PHYS; PHSC

*Some programs designate a specific science course for this requirement. Students should consult with their advisors before enrolling.

Transfer of General Education Credits

Completing the general education requirements at an accredited college or university will satisfy the College’s general education requirements. Particular programs may require additional arts and sciences courses.