General Education

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Norwich University General Education Goals are designed to provide students with the intellectual tools to experience, explore and master new topics throughout a period of life-long learning. To this end, at least forty credit hours in every major must be dedicated to basic literacy in English, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and science outside the area of major concentration. Required 100 level courses in English, language, and mathematics must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. If a student fails to meet this requirement, he/she must enroll for these courses first semester junior year. Students majoring in both liberal arts and professional programs must complete the following competencies to meet graduation requirements:

  1. Students must be able to write with clarity and precision, and read and listen with comprehension. They must be able to exercise the skills of independent inquiry, that is, to find, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information. This objective will be met beginning with EN 101- EN 102, be reinforced by reading and writing throughout the curriculum, and culminate in a capstone course in each major. Wherever graded written work is required, part of the grade must be used to evaluate clarity and precision, and to reinforce the writing mechanics learned in EN 101- EN 102.
  2. Students will achieve an understanding of mathematical and quantitative reasoning and its place in today’s world. They should understand how to construct mathematical models as a means of formulating problems and be able to apply appropriate logical, quantitative, and technological methods to solve problems. All students must complete two mathematics courses, exclusive of MA 005 Preparatory Mathematics and MA 103 College Algebra I and MA 160 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I.
  3. Students will possess a knowledge of and appreciation for the variety of human expression found in cultures and civilizations of the United States and the world. This will be achieved by requiring all students to take one course in history, one course in literature, and one course in arts and humanities.
  4. Students will gain a basic level of literacy in current scientific knowledge and theories and develop an appreciation for the natural world, in part through classroom and hands-on laboratory experiences by completing two courses in laboratory science. This will expose students to the scientific method and provide the critical thinking skills, necessary to make intelligent, well informed decisions.
  5. Students will possess an understanding of the institutions and processes that are characteristic of human societies. This will be accomplished beginning with a course in psychology, sociology, economics or political science.
  6. Students must be able to think critically and make ethical decisions. Critical thinking begins with integration of course work from all general education areas and culminates in the capstone course in each major. Ethical decision-making begins with adherence to the honor code. Students must be able to recognize ethical issues and articulate ethical decisions. This will be achieved in a course that includes the requirement that students deal with ethical ambiguities and articulate ethical decisions.
  7. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through participation in leadership classes and activities.

Specific Courses that Fulfill the General Education Requirements

English Requirement
EN 102, EN 108, or equivalent must be completed by the end of the second year.
Mathematics Requirement
Complete two 100 level or above MA courses (MA 005, 103 and 160 do NOT count)
MA 005 Preparatory Mathematics (Must be finished by the end of the first year if it is required.)
One hundred level Math courses must be finished by the end of the second year.
History Requirement
Complete One History Course (HI). Any History course except HI 209
Literature Requirement
(Bachelor of Arts candidates have more restrictive literature requirements.)
Complete One Literature Course From:
English (EN):
World Literature I3
World Literature II3
Modern Short Story3
Children's Literature3
Survey of British Literature I3
Survey of British Literature II3
Survey of American Literature I3
Survey of American Literature II3
Technical Aspects of Theatrical Design3
The Literature of Leadership3
Science Fiction Literature3
Crime in Literature3
Literature of the Sea3
Military Literature3
Thematic Seminar-Literature3
Senior Seminar3
French (FR):
A Survey of French Literature I3
A Survey of French Literature II3
French Literature of the Twentieth Century I3
French Literature of the Twentieth Century II3
Topics Course (if literature topic)3
Seminar: Topics in French Literature3
Reading and Research on a Topic in French Literature and Civilization3
German (GR):
Survey of German Lit I: From the Beginnings to 18483
Survey of German Literature II: 1848 to 19453
Survey of German Literature III: 1945 to the Present3
Topics Course (if literature topic)3
Seminar on a Topic in German Literature and Culture3
Reading and Research in German Literature or Civilization3
Spanish (SP):
Introduction to the Literature of Spain I3
Introduction to the Literature of Spain II3
Hispano-American Literature I3
Hispano-American Literature II3
Topics Course (if literature topic)3
Seminar: Topics in Spanish or Latin-American Literature and Culture3
Reading and Research in Spanish or Latin-American Literature and Culture3
Arts and Humanities Requirement
Complete One of the following:
English courses above EN 206 (except EN 240, EN 241, EN 242)
Music Appreciation3
History of Jazz3
All Philosophy (PH) courses
All modern language courses (Chinese, French, German, and Spanish) numbered 112 and above
All Fine Arts (FA) courses
All Studio Arts (SA) courses
Introduction to Mass Media3
Interpersonal Communications3
Television Criticism3
Communications Law and Ethics3
Social Science Requirement
Complete One of the Following:
Political Science
Ethics Requirement
Complete Complete One Course From Below
Project Delivery and Documentation4
Communications Law and Ethics3
Professional Issues3
Senior Seminar3
Leadership and Ethics3
Survey of Ethics3
Business Ethics3
Environmental Ethics3
Criminal Justice Ethics3
Medical Ethics3
History and Systems of Psychology3
Leadership & Management in Sports Medicine3
The Capstone Project6
Science (with laboratory) Requirement
Complete Two Lab Science Courses from BI, CH, GL or PS
Capstone Requirement
complete one Capstone course (as indicated in Major requirements)