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Goal 1

The knowledge and skills that lead to success in college, the ability to usecritical thinking and analysis in all aspects of student life, and preparation forassuming the role of citizen leader working for the common good (one credit).

Note: Students who transfer to Longwood University with 25 credits or more earned on a college campus are exempted from this goal.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the mission of Longwood University and how it applies to the college experience
  • Understand the application of critical thinking skills to multiple situations
  • Develop the knowledge and skills that lead to college success

Courses

  • LSEM 100 - Longwood Seminar (1 credit)

 

Goal 2

The ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability, through accurate reading and listening, to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas (three credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand and adapt to rhetorical and contextual differences in tasks involving writing, reading, speaking, and listening
  • Engage in academic inquiry using and evaluating a variety of sources, incorporating and documenting source material appropriately, and avoiding plagiarism
  • Develop flexible processes for engaging in academic writing
  • Develop knowledge of conventions for different kinds of texts and demonstrate substantial control of the conventions of Edited American English Reflect on and make judgments about their own texts and writing processes

Courses

  • ENGL150 - Writing and Research (3 credits)

 

Goal 3

An understanding of our cultural heritage as revealed in literature, its movements and traditions, through reading, understanding, analyzing, and writing about the major works that have shaped our thinking and provide a record of human experience (three credits).NOTE: ENGL 150 is a prerequisite for these courses

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand major movements, themes, and values in one or more cultures as revealed in literature
  • Analyze literary texts as reflections of cultural movements, themes, and values
  • Develop and defend interpretations of literary texts through written discourse

Courses

  • ENGL201 - World Literature (3 credits)
  • ENGL202 - British Literature (3 credits)
  • ENGL203 - American Literature (3 credits)
  • FREN341 - Survey of French Literature I (3 credits)
  • FREN342 - Survey of French Literature II (3 credits)
  • GERM341 - Survey of German Literature I (3 credits)
  • GERM342 - Survey of German Literature II (3 credits)
  • SPAN340 - Masterpieces in Spanish Literature (3 credits)
  • SPAN350 - Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature (3 credits)

 

Goal 4

An understanding of our cultural heritage as expressed in artistic achievements and an understanding of the contribution of the creative process to the life of the individual and to society (three credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Recognize and discuss major achievements in the arts
  • Use appropriate vocabulary to describe and discuss artistic expression
  • Understand appropriate technology and techniques for the production of artistic achievements
  • Explain the cultural and historical contexts of artistic achievements
  • Recognize and discuss ethical issues associated with the content, exhibition, or performance of artistic works

Courses

  • ART 121 - Environmental Design Issues (3 credits)
  • ART 125 - Introduction to Studio Art (3 credits)
  • ART 160 - Introduction to the Visual Arts (3 credits)
  • ART 201 - Architecture Appreciation and Design (3 credits)
  • ENGL 315 - Introduction to Dramatic Writing (3 credits)
  • ENGL 316 - Writing Fiction (3 credits)
  • ENGL 317 - Writing Poetry (3 credits)
  • ENGL 318 - Writing Nonfiction (3 credits) MUSC 221 - History of Jazz (3 credits)
  • MUSC 222 - History of Rock (3 credits)
  • MUSC 224 - Music Appreciation (3 credits)
  • THEA 101 - Introduction to the Theatre (3 credits)
  • MUSC 102, 103, 104 - Instrumental Ensemble/ 1 credit each*
  • MUSC 105, 106, 107 - Choral Ensemble/ 1 credit each* *All 3 semesters in appropriate sequence (consecutive semesters preferable) are required in order to satisfy General Education Goal 4.

 

Goal 5

An understanding of mathematical thought and the ability to conceptualize and apply mathematical logic to problem solving; (three credits at a commonly agreed upon skills level comparable to college algebra).

NOTE: Students who complete Calculus (MATH 164, 261, or 267) are exempted from this goal.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand how mathematical and/or statistical models can be used to study real-world situations
  • Understand the limitations of and assumptions behind typical mathematical models
  • Use mathematical and statistical analysis to interpret such models by testing hypotheses, making predictions, drawing conclusions, checking results for plausibility, and finding optimal results
  • Understand when technology might be helpful in mathematical or statistical analysis and apply technology when appropriate

Courses

  • CMSC 121 - Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
  • MATH 114 - Mathematics for the Consumer (3 credits)
  • MATH 121 - Functions and Graphs (3 credits)
  • MATH 131 - Mathematical Thinking (3 credits)
  • MATH 171 - Statistical Decision Making (3 credits)
  • FINA 250 - Personal Finance (3 credits) 

 

Goal 6

The application of the methods of science to the acquisition of knowledge, and an appreciation of the major contributions of science to our cultural heritage and to the solution of contemporary problems (four credits).

NOTE: Students who complete PHYS 102 or PHYS 202 are exempted from this goal.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the major methods of natural science inquiry
  • Recognize and explain major contributions of science to our cultural heritage
  • Understand how natural science has been used to address significant contemporary issues

Courses

  • BIOL 101 - Biological Concepts and Applications (4 credits)
  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • PHYS 103 - Conceptual Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 105 - General Astronomy (4 credits)
  • GNED 162 - Introduction to Environmental Science (4 credits)
  • GNED 261 - Exploring Science in Our World (4 credits)

 

Goal 7

The exploration of the foundations and history of western civilization in order to use the past as a model for understanding the present (three credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the historical development of western civilization
  • Relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world
  • Discuss how historical cultural developments influence the present day

Courses

  • HIST 100 - Foundations of Western Civilization (3 credits)
  • HIST 110 - Modern Western Civilization (3 credits)

 

Goal 8

An understanding of the forces shaping contemporary society as revealed in the social sciences (three credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the major methods of social science inquiry
  • Recognize and explain major contributions of social science to our cultural heritage
  • Understand how social science has been used to address significant contemporary issues

Courses

  • ANTH 106/WGST 106 - Introduction to Women's Studies (3 credits)
  • ECON 111 - Economic Issues for the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • HIST 221 - United States History Colonial Times to 1877 (3 credits)
  • HIST 222 - United States History 1877 to Modern Times (3 credits)
  • POSC 150 - American Government and Politics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOCL 101 - Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOCL 102 - Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits)
  • GEOG 201 - Introduction to Geography (3 credits)
  • HONS 250*- The Changing Social Landscape (3 credits)

*GPA of at least 3.25 required for enrollment in HONS 250

 

Goal 9

An understanding of the diversity of other cultures and societies (three credits).

NOTE: Students who complete an approved international experience are exempted from this goal.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the culture, society, and history of groups outside of the Western European tradition
  • Employ an appropriate vocabulary and rational argument to discuss complex issues involving race, nationality, gender, ethnicity, class, or sexual orientation
  • Understand the concept of ethnocentrism
  • Differentiate between personal discomfort and intellectual disagreement in situations where cultures may conflict Distinguish between facts and cultural assumptions relating to issues of diversity

Courses

  • ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
  • HIST 200 - History of China (3 credits)
  • HIST 202 - History of Islamic Civilizations (3 credits)
  • HIST 210 - World History (3 credits)
  • HLTH 210 - Global Health (3 credits)
  • POSC 255 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • RELI 242 - World Religions (3 credits)
  • SPAN 331 - Latin American Civilization and Culture (3 credits)
  • MUSC 225 - Introduction to World Music (3 credits)
  • GEOG 220 - Geography of South America (3 credits)

 

Goal 10

The ability to communicate and function in a globally interdependent world as developed through foreign language study (three credits). NOTE: Students who complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or above as part of the Additional Degree Requirements are exempted from this goal. Students who are not native speakers of English may be exempted from Goal 10 provided that they have received their high school diploma, or its equivalent, from a school in their native land where the language of instruction was other than English. Additionally, students may demonstrate proficiency in any of the following ways:

  • With a score of 50 (French), 50 (German), 53 (Spanish) on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test, a student would be awarded 4 credits for 102.
  • With a score of 62 (French), 63 (German), 66 (Spanish) on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test, a student would be awarded 3 credits for 202.
  • With a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Test to receive credit for 201, or earn a score of 4 or 5 to earn credit for 201 and 202.
  • Completion of the necessary course at a community college.
  • Completion of the necessary course as an appropriate dual-enrollment course in high school.
  • Completion of an appropriate course through a study abroad program.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and produce both oral and written communication in a foreign language
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships among the products, perspectives, and practices of the culture(s) studied
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture

Courses

  • SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
  • FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (3 credits)
  • GERM 201 - Intermediate German I (3 credits)

 

Goal 11

An understanding of issues dealing with physical and mental well being through physical activity (two credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of regular physical activity on wellness throughout one's lifetime
  • Acquire skills that enable participation in lifetime physical activity
  • Understand how individual decision making and behavior impact personal health
  • Recognize the relationships among societal factors and personal health

Courses

  • PHED 101 Fitness Concepts (2 credits)
  • RECR 101* Fitness Concepts/Adaptive Activities (2 credits)

 

Goal 12

The ability to make informed, ethical choices and decisions and to weigh the consequences of those choices (three credits). This must be a junior- or senior- level course; degree programs may indicate specific requirements for satisfying this Goal.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify the ethical issues implicit in personal behavior and in the operation of political, social, and economic institutions.
  • Understand various approaches to making informed and principled choices
  • Consider how these approaches might be applied to conflicts in their personal and public lives
  • Understand the impact of individual and collective choices in society

Courses

  • COMM 400 Communication Ethics (3 credits)
  • CMSC/MATH 350 Ethical Issues in Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
  • KINS 398 Ethics in Sports and Physical Education (3 credits)
  • MANG 474 Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 308 Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 315 Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 316 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
  • POSC/PHIL 331 Ancient/Medieval Political Philosophy (3 credits)
  • POSC/PHIL 332 Modern Political Philosophy (3 credits)

 

Goal 13

The ability to synthesize and critically analyze through written discourse and a common educational experience information pertaining to issues of citizen leadership (three credits).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Engage in the process of citizen leadership by investigating multiple perspectives on an important public issue
  • Understand the nature of public discourse/debate as determined by purpose, audience, and context
  • Choose appropriate formats in writing for a variety of purposes
  • Analyze the effectiveness of their own texts and processes for specific rhetorical situations
  • Understand how the knowledge, skills, and values learned in general education are interwoven and interrelated, and how they can contribute to the process of citizen leadership

Courses

  • ENGL 400 Active Citizenship: An Advanced Writing Seminar (3 credits)
  • GNED 400 Exploring Public Issues Through Writing (3 credits) 
  • GNED 495 Special Topics: General Education (3 credits)

 

Goal 14

The application of knowledge and skills developed in the student's course of study through completion of an internship, guided field experience, or directed research (one credit).

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify specific objectives to be achieved through the completion of the internship, field experience, or research project
  • Evaluate their own progress toward those objectives

NOTE: Students who complete a required experience as part of their major course of study are exempted from this goal.