General Education


"In all people there lies, in accordance with human nature, a desire to search out the truth which leads us on to have a longing for knowledge and learning and infuses into us a wish to seek after it. To excel in this seems a noble thing."
Ambrose of Milan de Officiis I.26.125

General Education Worksheet (pdf)

Purpose and Vision

With the support of the faculty, the General Education Committee envisions that all graduates of St. Ambrose University will possess fundamental skills and knowledge rooted in the liberal arts and catholic intellectual tradition needed to live in a rapidly changing and global world, as well as the ability to critically explore complex issues and solve complex problems. Specifically, St. Ambrose University graduates possess the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for tomorrow's world, and are able to think critically about their lives and their work, as well as the lives of others. This means asking questions, collecting and interpreting data, drawing conclusions, evaluating results, and taking action. We envision that our graduates will communicate effectively both in writing and orally. Likewise, we expect them have been introduced to a second language. Finally, we envision our graduate will have cultivated the personal dispositions, or 'habits' (from the Latin habitus, meaning 'virtue') necessary for a rich intellectual life as well as overall physical wellness.

Having been educated through a liberal arts curriculum, St. Ambrose University graduates will possess a general understanding of the disciplines of the Liberal Arts, including the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Creative Arts, and Humanities. We envision our graduates will be able to identify themselves as heirs to culture and advance it through the exercise of their own intellectual curiosity. Likewise, our graduate will be comfortable exploring the cultural richness of our diverse society as well as those of the Global 'village' in which they live.

As members of a Diocesan institution, graduates of St. Ambrose University will be able to reflect critically on core truth claims, as well as the ethical and spiritual values derived from philosophy and theology, especially those that emanate from the catholic intellectual tradition. Likewise, our graduates will value diversity of perspectives, be active in the pursuit of justice and peace, and engage in service to their communities locally and globally.

Finally, it is our vision that graduates of St. Ambrose University will continue to develop learning skills and knowledge both out of necessity and for pleasure. Our graduates will continue to explore the breadth and depth of the liberal arts and catholic intellectual tradition as lifelong learners by reading, writing, speaking, researching, traveling, listening, creating, and engaging in our world. As such, we envision our graduates will shape for themselves a coherent, if always tentative, vision of the world by means of which they will enrich their own lives through enriching the lives of others.

Outcomes

Graduates of St. Ambrose University will:

  • Develop fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to flourish in a rapidly changing world. (Fundamental Skills and Knowledge)
  • Develop competencies that produce Liberal Arts perspectives in order to influence culture. (Liberal Arts Perspectives)
  • Evaluate truth claims derived from Philosophy and Theology in order to scrutinize the relationship between faith and reason. (Catholic Intellectual Tradition)
  • Critically explore complex issues using knowledge and skills from the liberal arts and catholic intellectual tradition. (Integrative Learning)

 

Requirements

 

Fundamental Skills and Knowledge (12-18 credits)

Oral Communication (3 credits) Must pass with a grade of C or better
COMM 129, 132, 203, 228 or 329

Written Communication (3 credits) Must pass with a grade of C or better
ENGL 101

Research (1 credit)
Information Literacy 101

Quantitative Reasoning & Information Technology (3 credits) Must pass with a grade of C or better
CSCI 140, 281, MATH 131 or higher, STAT 213, STBE 137

Health and Fitness (2 credits)
KIN 149 plus one other KIN activity course; Good Samaritan course (KIN 200, 206) or varsity sport

Second Language
French, German Studies, Spanish through 102 level

Liberal Arts Perspectives (15 credits)

Creative Arts
Art: ART 100, 135, 200, 201, 203, 207, 208, 220, 231, 232, 234, 235, 303, 304, 331
English: ENGL 199, 317, 328, 415, 418
Kinesiology: KIN 211-214, 218, 301
Music: MUS 150
OR one year music ensemble MUS 111,112, 117-119, 122-127, 311, 313
OR one year same musical instrument MUS 102-106, 203, 303
Theatre: THTR 105, 205-207, 209, 307, 390

Natural Sciences
Astronomy: ASTR 201, 221
Biology: BIOL 101, 106, 109, 112, 115, 120, 123, 199
Chemistry: CHEM 103-105, 120
Criminal Justice: CRJU 120
Geography: GEOG 201
Natural Science: NSCI 105, 106, 205
Physics: PHYS 203, 251

Social Sciences

Computer Science: CSCI 101
Criminal Justice: CRJU 101, 316
Economics: ECON 201, 202
Education: EDUC 284
Finance: FNCE 200
Geography: GEOG 205
International Studies: INTL 221
Kinesiology: KIN 335
Management: MGMT 101
Political Science: PSCI 101, 103, 104, 110, 120, 130, 199, 230, 232, 299, 301, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 320, 330, 370, 330, 399
Psychology: PSYC 105, 203, 212, 375
Sociology: SOC 101, 120, 210, 220, 235, 250, 260, 323, 325, 326, 340, 350, 356, 360, 365, 375

Humanities

Art History: AH 120, 130, 250, 251, 320, 323, 324, 326, 345-347, 350-355, 357, 451
Classical Studies: CSM 101
English: ENGL 120-123, 125, 201, 202, 210, 211, 220-224, 240-243, 246, 302-304, 307, 309, 310, 341, 343-348, 360, 370
French: FREN 202, 301, 303, 304
German Studies: GS 202, 301-304
History: HIST 100-103, 201, 202, 210-213, 215-217, 250, 306-312, 317-326, 330, 336-346, 350
International Studies: IS 101, 201, 204, 210, 310
Kinesiology: KIN 273
Latin: LAT 101, 102
Music: MUS 101, 110, 115, 116, 120, 130, 309
Spanish: SPAN 202, 311, 313, 314
Theatre: THTR 202, 210, 218, 304, 305, 315, 316, 321, 385
Women and Gender Studies: WGS 201, 210, 310, 315, 320, 330, 340

Catholic Intellectual Tradition (12 credits)

Theology: THEO 101, 107, 110, 120, 125, 130, 132, 141, 160, 165, 250, 255, 275, 301-306, 310, 311, 316, 319-326, 331-337, 341, 342, 344, 351,352, 354, 355, 360, 401, 450
Catholic Studies: CATH 201, CATH/EDUC 355, 401
Justice and Peace: JPS 101, 105
Philosophy: PHIL 100-102, 200, 207, 210, 217, 302, 305, 310, 311, 340, 343, 350, 360, 375, 390, 400

Integrated Learning

Through participation in the General Education Curriculum, as well as major and co-curricular engagement, undergraduate students critically explore complex issues using knowledge and skills from the liberal arts and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. As such, students participate in a variety of integrated and multi-discipline approaches to learning, however, key assessments of students' abilities to practice critical thinking to solve problems and equips students for success will occur in 300 level philosophy and theology courses.

In addition to taking PHIL or THEO courses, students may wish to choose from one of the following options, however, it is not required for graduation: 

A. Individualized Interdisciplinary Minor
You may design an individualized interdisciplinary minor of 15 credits. Please contact the Registrar or the Director of General Education for further information. Helpful models exist for many majors including: art, education, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, pre-OT and pre-healthcare. With early planning and advising, this option may be completed using liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition courses already required for general education.

OR

B. Interdisciplinary Minor Option

Course

# Credits required

# Credits already addressed in general education coursework

Catholic Studies

18

18

Classical Studies

21

18

Environmental Studies

19

13

German Studies

15

12

Justice & Peace Studies

17

17

Organizational Leadership

15

12

Pre-Law Studies

18

15

Women and Gender Studies

18

18

 C. Signature Integration Concentration Option (12 credits)

  • at least 12 credits from at least three academic departments;
  • at least 3 credits at 300+ level;
  • experiential learning may substitute for 3 credits;
  • capstone element;
  • up to 6 completed credits may be applied to SIC.


D. Honors Option: Program Level One
Complete Honors Program Level I: HON 101, 102, 112, 201, 301; SVLN 201
(For those accepted into Honors I)

E. Second Major in economics or in any department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Credits may vary.

Contact


Michael Vitalini, PhD, Director

General Education
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6494
GeneralEducation@sau.edu

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