Possibile new GE Structure, page 2 of 3

NON-WESTERN WORLD AND DIVERSITY--

Where feasible, new and existing GE courses throughout areas 4-6 (Cultural/Social Foundations, Human Behavior, and Human Expression) will include substantial attention to international and/or American diversity issues. The intended effect is:

  1. to add American diversity to the GE program,
  2. to preserve attention to the non-western world,
  3. and to integrate both throughout the broad spectrum of issues addressed in GE.

Thus, while the minimum number of required non-western classes is reduced from two to one, overall inclusion of international issues is maintained or increased.

EXPANDED LIST OF GE COURSES

An important dimension of the proposed structure is an expanded list of courses that can be taken for GE credit. Recent changes in how Wright State accepts transfer credit for GE provide considerable flexibility for students who took GE classes elsewhere, and so the added flexibility creates a more equitable system for all. American history classes might satisfy the history requirement; film might count for fine arts; additional economics, political science, psychology, and sociology classes could be developed for the social science requirement, and so forth. Although modified to ensure inclusion of non-western and diversity issues, all current GE classes can be maintained. Even as new GE courses are approved, the current classes will probably continue to serve the largest number of students.


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