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 Composition and Literature 1 and  EN 102 Composition and Literature II; and 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, 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. 
    • Any History (HI) course, except for HI 209 will meet the General Education history requirement
    • English (EN) courses chosen to meet the General Education Literature requirement are listed below
    • BA students who must take EN 201 and EN 202 to meet the Bachelor of Arts requirement may not use these courses to satisfy either the General Education Literature or the General Education Arts & Humanities requirements listed below
  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 must develop a sound foundation in an area of major concentration by meeting curriculum requirements specified for each program in the catalog.  Integration of reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills within the area of expertise culminates in a capstone course in each major.
  8. 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 101 and EN 102. or equivalents, must be completed by the end of the second year.
Mathematics Requirement
Complete two 100 level or above Math courses (MA 005, MA 103 and MA 160 do NOT count)
MA 005 Preparatory Mathematics (If required, must be finished by the end of the first year.)
100 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
Complete one Literature course from the courses listed below:
BA Students may not use EN 201 or EN 202 to meet both this requirement and the Bachelor of Arts requirement.
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
The Literature of Leadership3
Science Fiction Literature3
Crime in Literature3
Literature of the Sea3
Approaches to Shakespeare3
Military Literature3
Veterans' Literature and Writing3
Writing for the Web3
Literary Methods3
American Ethnic Literature & Cultural Literature3
Topics in English Studies3
Literature of the Developing World3
Topics in World Literatures3
Thematic Seminar-Literature3
Topics in British Literature3
Topics in American Literature3
Topics in English Studies3
Directed Study In Literature3
Senior Seminar3
A Survey of French Literature I3
A Survey of French Literature II3
French Literature since 1900 I3
French Literature since 1900 II3
Topics Course (if literature topic)3
Seminar: Topics in French Literature3
Reading and Research on a Topic in French Literature and Civilization3
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 American Short Stories3
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
SP 354EN El Narco
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 200 (except EN 204)
BA Students may not use EN 201 or EN 202 to meet both this requirement and the Bachelor of Arts requirement.
Music Appreciation3
History of Jazz3
All Philosophy (PH) courses
All modern language courses Chinese (CN), French (FR), German (GR), and Spanish (SP) numbered 205 and above
All Fine Arts (FA) courses
All Studio Arts (SA) courses
Introduction to Mass Media3
Interpersonal Communications3
Television Criticism3
Communications Law and Ethics3
El narco3
Cinema of Spain3
Science (with laboratory) Requirement
Complete two Lab Science courses from Biology (BI), Chemistry (CH), Geology (GL), Physics (PS), ID 110 or ES 270
Social Science Requirement
Complete One course from the following disciplines:
Political Science
Ethics Requirement
Complete One course:
Project Delivery and Documentation4
Communications Law and Ethics3
Professional Issues3
Senior Seminar3
Business Law I3
Leadership and Ethics3
Coaching:Leadership in Sports3
Readings in Physical Education3
Survey of Ethics3
Business Ethics3
Environmental Ethics3
Criminal Justice Ethics3
Philosophy of Non-Violence3
Medical Ethics3
History and Systems of Psychology3
Leadership & Management in Sports Medicine3
The Capstone Project6
Capstone Requirement
Complete Capstone course(s) (as listed in Major requirements)
Architectural Design VI5
Senior Seminar3
Senior Design3
Senior Seminar3
Chemistry Seminar (and CH 422)1
Senior Communications Seminar3
Computer Science capstone I (or CS 430)3
Computer Science Capstone II (or CS 431)3
Electrical System Design I3
Student Teaching12
Construction Management Practices3
EN 450 Senior Seminar
Research Project in Environmental Science3
Capstone Seminar in Pre-Modern History3
Research Project in Geology (and GL 451)3
Cyber Defense Practicum3
Capstone Seminar in United States History (or HI 431 or HI 432 or HI 433 )3
Seminar in International Studies3
Senior Seminars3
Administrative Policy and Strategy3
Mechanical Engineering Design I (and ME 468)3
Nursing Capstone4
PE 406 Readings in Physical Education
Capstone Seminar in Political Science3
Seminar II1
Senior Seminar3
Capstone Experience I (and SM 451)1
SP 415 Seminar: Topics in Spanish or Latin America Lit & Culture