General Education Requirements

University General Education Outcomes

Adopted 2012

Upon completion of the general education curriculum at Chicago State University, students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and interrelatedness as well as human and environmental interaction.
  3. Demonstrate creative and critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills.
  4. Apply the basic vocabularies, questions, and methods of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to the process of inquiry.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and engagement with the social dimensions of civic life.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between science and technology, society, and the environment.

A detailed description of the General Education Outcomes can be found at: http://www.csu.edu/provost/pdf/RevisedGenEdOutcomesbrochure.pdf

University General Education Requirements

Effective Fall 2017

  1. Core Requirements (18 credits)
    • English Composition (6 credits)
    • Foreign Language (6 credits) in a single foreign language
    • Oral Communication (3 credits)
    • Mathematics (3 credits)
  2. General Requirements (21 credits)
    • Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits) 3 credits humanities and 3 credits fine arts
    • Social Sciences (9 credits) at least two disciplines
    • Natural Sciences (6 credits) physical science and biology; one must be a lab
  3. Embedded Requirements (no additional credits)
    • Critical Thinking
    • Diversity

(Gen Ed courses must come from a list of approved courses. Total of 39 credits)

Approved General Education Courses

Effective Fall 2017

  1. Core Requirement Courses (18 total credit hours)
    • English Composition Courses (6 credit hours required)
    • ENG 1230, Writer’s Workshop I
    • ENG 1270, Composition I
    • ENG 1240, Writer’s Workshop II
    • ENG 1280, Composition II

    • Oral Communication Courses (3 credit hours required)
    • CMAT 1130, Communication for Professionals
    • CMAT 1140, Business Communication
    • CMAT 2030, Basic Speech Communication
    • ENG 2011, Oral Language and Literacy

    • Foreign Language Courses (6 credit hours required from sequence in one language)
    • AFL/CHIN/FREN/GER/JPN/SPAN 1010 & 1020, Elementary (Language) 1 & 2
    • FREN 1200 & 1210, Business French 1 & 2
    • FREN/SPAN 2010 & 2020, Intermediate (Language) 1 & 2

    • Mathematics Courses (3 credit hours required)
    • MATH 1200, College Algebra (and any other courses of a “higher” level than this one)
  1. General Requirement Courses (21 credit hours required)
    • Humanities and Fine Arts Courses (6 total credit hours; 3 from Humanities and 3 from Fine Arts)
      • Humanities Courses
      • AFL 1100, African Cultural Influences
      • ENG 1260, Intro. to Literature
      • ENG 2160, Survey of American Literature I
      • ENG 2190, Survey of American Literature II
      • ENG 2210, Intro. to African Literature
      • ENG 2330, Readings in British Literature I
      • ENG 2340, Readings in British Literature II
      • ENG 2410, Third World Literature
      • ENG 2440, Popular Literature
      • ENG 2910, African American Literature
      • ENG 2940, African American Literature II
      • PHIL 1010, Intro. to Philosophy
      • PHIL 1020, Intro. to Logic
      • PHIL 1030, Critical Thinking
      • PHIL 1040, Ethics
      • PHIL 2710, Philosophical Issues of Race and Society
      • Fine Arts Courses
      • ART 1100, Intro. to the Visual Arts
      • ART 1200, Drawing I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2030, Body Notions: Feminist Approaches to the Body
      • ART 2040, Hip Hop Aesthetics: Art for Social Change
      • ART 2050, Intro to Sound Art Lecture and Studio (cross-listed with MUS 2050)
      • ART 2101, Ancient Art
      • ART 2102, Renaissance through Baroque Art
      • ART 2103, Modern Art
      • ART 2105, African Art
      • ART 2110, Intro. to Non-Western Art
      • ART 2120, History of Photography
      • ART 2140, Chicago Art Scene
      • ART 2150, Survey of Women Artists
      • ART 2401, Sculpture I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2455, Jewelry/Metalsmithing I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2500, Fiber Arts I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2540, Weaving I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2570, Ceramics I Lecture and Studio
      • ART 2600, Art for Pre-K through 8th Teachers
      • CMAT 2040, Intro. to Theatre
      • CMAT 2071, Survey of Global Cinema (should be CMAT 2170, as listed in the catalog?)
      • CMAT 2140, African American Theatre
      • CMAT 2310, African American Cinema
      • CMAT 2550, Acting I
      • MUS 1134, History and Appreciation of Music
      • MUS 2050, Intro to Sound Art Lecture and Studio (cross-listed with ART 2050)
      • MUS 2215, African American Music
      • MUS 2216, Jazz and Pop Music History I
      • MUS 2217, Jazz and Pop Music History II
      • MUS 2285, World Music Cultures
      • MUS 2286, Afro-Caribbean Music
      • MUS 2287, Latin American Music
    • Natural Sciences Courses (6 credit hours required; 1 lab course required)
      • BIOL 1070, Biological Sciences Survey I (Plant)
      • BIOL 1080, Biological Sciences Survey II (Animal)
      • BIOL 1300, Intro. to Urban Environmental Science
      • BIOL 1710, Intro. to Biology
      • CHEM 1400 & 1410 (formerly CHEM 1550), General Chemistry I
      • GEOG 1400, Intro. to Physical Geography
      • PH S 1000, Science, Society, & Survival
      • PH S 1080, Critical Thinking in Science & Technology
      • PH S 1100, Practical Physics I
      • PH S 1130, Practical Chemistry I
      • PH S 1150, Basic Astronomy
      • PHYS 2110, Physics I with Calculus
    • Social Sciences Courses (9 credit hours required; 2 separate disciplines)
      • AFAM 1000, Intro. to African American Studies
      • AFAM 1020, Cultural Diversity
      • ANTH 1010, Intro to Anthropology
      • ANTH 2010, Global Cultures
      • ECON 1000, Issues in American Economy
      • ECON 1010, Principles of Economics I (Macro)
      • ECON 1020, Principles of Economics II (Micro)
      • GEOG 1000, Societies & Environments
      • GEOG 1100, Globalization and Diversity
      • GEOG 2200, Geospatial Reasoning
      • HIST 1200, The West & the World to 1500
      • HIST 1210, The West & the World since 1500
      • HIST 1300, US History, 1607-1877
      • HIST 1310, US History since 1877
      • H S 2200, Personal Health & Wellness
      • LIMS 1100, Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century
      • POL 1010, American National Government
      • PSYCH 1100, Intro. to Psychology
      • PSYCH 2000, Lifespan Development
      • PSYCH 2040, Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence
      • SOC 1010, Intro. to Sociology
      • SOC 1110, Social Problems
      • SOC 1200, Race and Ethnicity
      • SOC 1250, Diversity in US Society
      • SOC/GEOG 1500, Principles and Practices of Food Justice
      • SOC 2120, African Americans in Science and Society
      • WS 2000, Intro. to Women’s Studies
  1. Embedded Requirements Courses (no additional credit hours required)
    • Diversity Courses
    • AFAM 1000, Intro. to African American Studies
    • AFAM 1020, Cultural Diversity
    • ANTH 1010, Intro to Anthropology
    • ANTH 2010, Global Cultures
    • ART 2110, Intro. to Non-Western Art
    • ART 2150, Survey of Women Artists
    • CMAT 2071, Survey of Global Cinema (should be CMAT 2170, as listed in the catalog?)
    • CMAT 2140, African American Theatre
    • CMAT 2310, African American Cinema
    • ENG 2210, Intro. to African Literature
    • ENG 2410, Third World Literature
    • ENG 2910, African American Literature
    • GEOG 1000, Societies & Environments
    • GEOG 1100, Globalization and Diversity
    • HIST 1200, The West & the World to 1500
    • HIST 1210, The West & the World since 1500
    • HIST 2840, Africa to 1800
    • HIST 2850, Africa since 1800
    • MUS 2285, World Music Cultures
    • MUS 2286, Afro-Caribbean Music
    • MUS 2287, Latin American Music
    • PHIL 2710, Philosophical Issues of Race & Society
    • REC 2050, Exploring Leisure Alternatives
    • SOC 1200, Race and Ethnicity
    • SOC 1250, Diversity in US Society
    • WS 2000, Intro. to Women’s Studies
    • Critical Thinking Courses
    • ECON 1000, Issues in Economics
    • GEOG 2200, Geospatial Reasoning
    • LIMS 1100, Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century
    • PH S 1080, Critical Thinking in Science & Technology
    • PHIL 1020, Intro. to Logic
    • PHIL 1030, Critical Thinking
    • PHYS 2110, Physics I with Calculus
    • POL 1000, Critical Thinking in Politics and Law

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