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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2021-2022 General Education at CWU

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General Education Program Guiding Philosophy

The General Education program prepares you for success at CWU and as a citizen in our dynamic, diverse, and global society. The program fosters integrated learning, enhancing your ability to make connections across courses and disciplines and to apply a breadth of knowledge to real-world problems. It will help you develop skills in critical thinking, clear communication, creative leadership, ethical decision-making, and complex problem solving. Combined with your major, the General Education program will cultivate curiosity, empower personal development, strengthen understanding of and respect for diverse perspectives, and build a foundation for life-long learning.

General Education Program-Level Goals

Explore: You will explore a breadth of knowledge, methods of inquiry and reasoning, and fundamental questions. That process will cultivate curiosity, facilitate the understanding of diverse perspectives, empower personal development and growth, and build a foundation for life-long learning.

Engage: As you engage with new knowledge, people, and perspectives, you will assume responsibility for your learning. In the process, you will develop enhanced communication-written and spoken-and critical thinking skills grounded in logic, reason, analysis, and synthesis. Combining these skills will enable you to employ multiple approaches to complex and real-world problems.  As an engaged citizen, you will bring intellectual creativity and curiosity into your personal, civic, and professional life.

Connect: You will discover how disciplines, societal challenges, and cultures are interconnected. This process links coursework and community, local and global issues, past and present. Your ability to integrate learning will lead to new ways of thinking, analyzing, and interacting with our dynamic and diverse world.

Create: Your knowledge and skills will empower you to ask innovative questions and envision unique projects. This process of creative engagement will enable inquisitiveness and original thinking.  It will provide you with agility for success in your career and life.

Empathize: Your General Education will facilitate open-mindedness and enable you to better understand and imagine others’ experiences. As you become more knowledgeable and curious about the world, you will develop respect for diverse points of view, engage in ethical decision-making, and demand and demonstrate compassionate leadership.

2021-2022 CWU General Education Framework Sheet  

I. Engage: First-Year Experience Credits: 13-14

Students are required to take one course in each row (First-Year Experience, Academic Writing I and Quantitative Reasoning, approximately 13-14 credits) during their first year.

First-Year Experience Credits: (4)

The first-year experience will help students transition to college by introducing them to a scholarly approach to problem solving and methods of inquiry. Small classes will emphasize mentorship and focus on special topics developed by faculty. These courses will incorporate writing, critical thinking, oral communication, and information literacy.

CWU 184 PADstone (Practice and Delivery) students will register for a section of this course under a specific department prefix ABC 184.  Each section will be a different topic. These courses may not be repeated for credit.

Transfer students who have not completed their General Education requirements, and who have not transferred at least 45 credits, must complete this course if they have not completed equivalent coursework (courses with equivalent outcomes as determined by the GEC and/or Registrar).

Academic Writing, I: Critical Reading and Responding Credits: (5)

Academic Writing I prepares students with the skills necessary for critical reading and academic writing, including summarizing, reading sources critically and responding to them, synthesizing multiple perspectives, and using academic writing conventions, including grammar and mechanics.

Quantitative Reasoning Credits: (4-5)

Courses in this category focus on quantitative reasoning and its application. Students will explore various quantitative and statistical processes in order to evaluate and interpret data. Students will develop the ability to identify, analyze, and apply different principles and empirical methods to concrete problems.

Students must achieve an appropriate math placement test score resulting in eligibility for MATH 101 or successfully complete MATH 100B with a grade of C or higher.

II. Explore and Connect Credits: 32-40

These courses can be taken any year.

Knowledge Areas
Students must take one (1) course in each of the eight (8) Knowledge Areas. A student may take courses from the same department in no more than two (2) knowledge areas. The eight (8) knowledge areas are: K1-Academic Writing II; K2-Community, Culture, and Citizenship; K3-Creative Expression; K4-Global Dynamics; K5-Humanities; K6-Individual and Society; K7-Physical and Natural World; and K8-Science and Technology.

From the courses taken in the knowledge areas, students are required to take at least three (3) courses from the same pathway (choose one (1) of the six (6) pathways). Students can choose to take five (5) or more of their courses in the same pathway to earn a certificate.  In order to fulfill the Pathway part of the General Education requirement, no more than two (2) courses from a single department may be counted toward this requirement. The six (6) pathways are: P1-Civic and Community Engagement; P2-Health and Well-Being; P3-Perspectives on Current Issues; P4-Social Justice; P5-Sustainability; P6-Ways of Knowing.

Knowledge Areas (8 courses, 8 knowledge areas)

All students must take one course in each of the areas of knowledge. A student may take courses from the same department in no more than 2 knowledge areas.

K1 - Academic Writing, II: Critical Reading and Responding

The Academic Writing II courses prepare students with skills in research-based academic argument through assignments involving evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of multiple sources. Individual sections will be linked to specific pathway topics.

K1P3 - Perspectives on Current Issues

K1P5 - Sustainability

K1P6 - Ways of Knowing

K2 - Community, Culture, and Citizenship

The community, culture, and citizenship perspective engages students with historic and contemporary political, ethical, cultural, socioeconomic, and other emerging issues affecting society. By grappling with the intersection of social concerns, students will learn how societies are created and how to contribute to them as effective citizens.

K3 - Creative Expression

The creative expression perspective allows students to explore aesthetic expression and artistic perspectives on common themes in the literary and fine arts.

K4 - Global Dynamics

The global dynamics perspective focuses on how individuals, groups, communities, and nations function in a global society. Students will gain a cultural awareness and sensitivity that prepares them for citizenship in a diverse, global society by developing an understanding of how culture shapes human experience, an appreciation for diverse worldviews, and an awareness of the complexity of the interactions among local, regional, national, and global systems.

K4P1 - Civic and Community Engagement

K5 - Humanities

The humanities perspective focuses on helping students interpret their world, culture, and perspectives through the study of philosophical, literary, and historical forms.

K6 - Individual and Society

The individual and society perspective focuses on the relationship between people and their socialization. Students will be exposed to connections between behaviors, perspectives, psychology, and influences affecting everyday life.

K7 - Physical and Natural World

This Physical and Natural World perspective introduces the core practice of science: generating testable explanations. Students will be introduced to fundamental scientific concepts and will engage in scientific practices.

K7P1 - Civic and Community Engagement

K8 - Science and Technology

The science and technology perspective focuses on scientific inquiry, intersections with technology, mathematical applications, and connections to the world around us.

III. Connect, Create, and Empathize: Culminating Experience Credits: 1-12

Students will be required to complete one (1) of the culminating experience options during their junior or senior year. Culminating experiences may be part of students’ major requirements.

Culminating Experience

Opportunities may include a department approved capstone course or a General Education capstone course.

Total Credits: 46-66

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