Report of the General Education Implementation Committee to The Faculty Senate – 17 May 2002


Here are the courses recommended by GEIC to the Senate in each of the six areas of the new General Education Program. (We will continue to receive course proposals and thus further recommendations will follow.) GEIC is also working on a variety of policy proposals (e.g., those relating to transfer students from other institutions) that will be brought to the Senate early in the Fall.


(Note: Policy recommendations from GEIC in regards to Area VI college transfer and Lake Campus policies appear below in italics.)


(New courses followed by “!”, courses changed from 3 to 4 credit hours followed by “+”


General Education at Wright State University


The General Education Program at Wright State University provides students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will form the basis for their life-long learning.  A planned and coherent program, it is designed to help students sharpen critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills while learning about the aesthetic, ethical, moral, social, and cultural dimensions of human experience.  The General Education Program is required of all undergraduate students and serves as a foundation upon which all baccalaureate programs are built.


Area I – Communication and Mathematical skills


12 Hours


Area I requirements help students enhance abilities central to academic success, including the abilities to write using appropriate academic conventions and to formulate and interpret mathematical models.


English Composition I and II

ENG 101    Processes of Writing

ENG 102    Effective Written Discourse



MTH 145+  Mathematics and the Modern World


Area II – Cultural-Social Foundations


8 Hours Minimum (select one course from each category)


Area II requirements help students develop a historical perspective on their own culture, an understanding of cultures beyond their own and an awareness of the realities of global interdependence.



CLS 150!    Introduction to Greek and Roman Culture

HST 101+   Ancient & Medieval Europe

HST 102+   Early Modern Europe:  The 14th through 18th Centuries

HST 103+   Modern Europe:  the 19th and 20th Centuries

The Non-Western World (writing intensive)

CSE 250+   Comparative non-Western Economic Systems

CST 220+   Comparative Non-Western Environments

CST 230+*         Comparative Non-Western Worldviews Literature

CST 230+* Comparative Non-Western Religion

CST 240+   Comparative Non-Western Cultures

CST 250+   Comparative Non-Western Political and Social Systems

HLT 202!    Eastern Influences on Western Health

RSE 260+    Regional Studies: Asia

        RST 260+* Regional Studies:  China

RST 260+*         Region Studies:  Japan

RST 280+   Latin American Culture

RST 290+   Regional Studies:  The Middle East


Area III –Human Behavior


8 Hours Minimum (select two courses from different categories)


Area III requirements help students develop the skills to examine critically the complexity of human behavior and institutions through systematic analysis.


          Economics (Some sections will be writing intensive.)

        EC 200+    Economic Life

        EC 290!      Economic, Business, and Social Issues


Political Science

PLS 200+   Political Life



PSY 105     Psychology:  The Science of Behavior


Sociology (writing intensive)

SOC 200+ Social Life

SOC 205!   The Sociological Imagination

WMS 200!  Approaches to Women's Studies


Area IV – Human Expression


4 Hours Minimum (select one course)


Area IV requirements will help students develop an intellectual and aesthetic appreciation of significant artistic works and of important literary, religious, and philosophical texts.  Students will explore how such works express both personal vision and cultural concerns.  They will also examine the specific means writers, composers and creative and performing artists adopt to communicate with their audience.


          Great Books (writing intensive)

CLS 204+   Great Books:  Classics

ENG 204+ Great Books:  Literature

PHL 204+   Great Books:  Philosophy

REL 204+   Great Books:  Religion


Fine and Performing Arts 

ART 214+   Visual Art in Western Culture

MUS 214+ Music in Western Culture

TH 214+    Theatre in Western Culture


Additional Courses from Areas Two, Three, and Four


8 Hours


Select two additional courses from Areas II, III, or IV, one course from two of these three areas.  Except for Area II, the course selected must come from a different subcategory than the course(s) chosen to meet the area requirement.


This component of the General Education program provides students the opportunity for in depth study in Cultural and Social Foundations, Human Behavior, or Human Expression and thus the opportunity to strengthen understanding and competencies in two of these three areas.


Area V – Natural Sciences


12 Hours (Select three courses (lecture and lab); at least one must be writing intensive


Area V courses emphasize scientific inquiry as a way to discover the natural world, and they explore fundamental issues of science and technology in human society.


          Biology  (Writing Intensive)

BIO 105     Introductory Biology:  Biology of Food

BIO 106     Introductory Biology:  Biodiversity

BIO 107     Introductory Biology:  Biology of Disease




CHM 105    Chemistry of our World:  Living Things

CHM 106    Chemistry of our World:  Materials

CHM 107    Chemistry of our World:  Energy and the




GL 105       The Planet Earth

GL 106       The Evolving Earth

GL 107       The Earth and Human Affairs



PHY 105     Sounds and Colors

PHY 106     Revolutions in Physics

PHY 107     Stars, Galaxies and the Cosmos


Area VI - College Component


4 Hours (select one course from the list specific by the college in which you intend to major)


Area VI requirements link general education more closely with study in the major, thereby making more apparent the applicability and transferability of general competencies to specialized study.


Courses satisfying the Area VI requirement may be offered by the specifying college or may be selected from approved General Education courses offered by the other colleges.  Courses meeting the Area Six requirement must be writing intensive.


Note 1:  Courses below are listed for the most part by the proposing college.  A college may decide to accept courses offered in another college. 


Note 2:  Each college must have at least one college component course regularly available for students at Lake Campus.


Note 3:  Acceptance of a previously taken Area VI course is at the discretion of the receiving college in all cases of transfers from one college to another.  Each college will establish its own Area VI transfer policy.


Note 4: A course listed in two areas may only be used to meet one area requirement. Only writing intensive sections will meet the Area VI requirement.





          College of Education and Human Services Courses

          CNL 210!    Understanding Emotional Intelligence

        ED 210!     Education in a Democracy

        RHB 210!   Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs



College of Engineering and Computer Science Courses

          EGR 190+  Fundamentals for Engineering and Computer

                        Science I


College of Liberal Arts Courses

AFS 200!    What is the African and African American Experience?

ATH 241+  Introduction to Physical Anthropology

ATH 242+ Introduction to Archaeology

CSE 250+     Comparative Non-Western Economic Systems

CLS 204+   Great Books:  Classics

CST 220+   Comparative Non-Western Environments

CST 230+* Comparative Non-Western Worldviews Literature

CST 230+* Comparative Non-Western Religion

CST 240+   Comparative Non-Western Cultures

CST 250+   Comparative Non-Western Political and Social


ENG 204+  Great Books:  Literature

HST 200!    Topics in European History: Western Europe &

                The Non-Western World

HST 220!    Introduction to Gender History

HST 221!    American Diversities

MUS 290!   African American Music:  America and Beyond

PHL 200!    Critical Thinking

PHL 204+   Great Books:  Philosophy

REL 204+   Great Books:  Religion

RSE 260+     Regional Studies: Asia

RST 260+* Regional Studies:  China

RST 260+* Regional Studies:  Japan

RST 280+   Latin American Culture

RST 290+   Regional Studies:  Middle East

SOC 200+  Social Life

SOC 205!   The Sociological Imagination

SW 272!      Cultural Competence in a Diverse World

URS 200!    Growth and Change in Urban Societies

WMS 200!  Approaches to Women's Studies


Raj Soin College of Business Courses

EC 290!      Economic, Business, and Social Issues

FIN 205!    Personal Financial Decision-Making


College of Science and Mathematics Courses

EH 205!     Environmental Science & Society:  A Cross-Cultural


PSY 110     Psychology:  The Science of Behavior II


WSU-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health Courses

        HLT 201!    Human Expressions of Health

        HLT 202!    Eastern Influences on Western Health

        HLT 203!    The Languages of Health Data

        NUR 212+  Nursing for Health and Wellness Lifestyle


*The GEIC recommends that no two courses should share a single number and that these course numbers should therefore be changed.