General Education

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General Education

Through its General Education program, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) seeks to ensure that its degree-completion undergraduate students:

  • are exposed to as wide a range as possible of human intellectual and creative activity;
  • possess, upon graduation, the breadth of knowledge (as well as the depth of knowledge in their specific program areas) characteristic of college-educated persons;
  • have their natural intellectual curiosity not only stimulated but disciplined in such a way as to foster out-of-class and post-university exploration, learning, and knowledge acquisition.

Students are required to meet general education competencies in writing, literature, history, arts and humanities, science, social science, and math and may do so by transfer credit or enrollment in courses offered through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.  CGCS students may demonstrate satisfactory fulfillment of the General Education Competencies in one of three ways:

  1. CGCS Coursework: Complete designated as fulfilling all or part of a General Education Competency.
  2. Prior Coursework: Complete courses at other institutions of higher education as fulfilling all or part of a General Education Competency at the discretion of the academic Program Manager.  Such courses are subject to the requirements in the Transfer Credit policy.
  3. Extra-Institutional Learning: Complete all or part of a General Education Competency as:
    1. Credit by Examination: includes independent examinations such as CLEP, DANTES, AP, etc., as well as challenge examinations created by CGCS.
    2. Credit for Training: military and professional training programs and activities as meeting all or part of a General Education Comptency.
    3. Credit for Competence: CGCS may create a competency-based evaluation that allows students to demonstrate sufficient competence in one or more of the General Education Competency.

Norwich courses that satisfy general education competencies are noted below for each competency.

Expository Writing:  the equivalent of 3 semester credits in general expository writing.  

EN 101Composition and Literature I3

Professional Writing: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in an upper-division (300-400 level) professionally-oriented writing course, or a course within the program discipline that is designated an intensive writing course by the CGCS.

COMM 301Business & ProfessionalWriting3
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing3
SOCI 401Culture and Anthropology6

Literature: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course that examines a particular literary genre and/or a particular critical approach.

ENGL 250Crime in Literature3
ENGL 270Military Literature3

Mathematics: the equivalent of 6 semester credits.  At least 3 credits are in a general college mathematics course.  The remaining 3 credits will be in elementary or descriptive statistics. 

MA 102Mathematics: A Liberal Art3
MATH 232Elementary Statistics3

History: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course that applies basic historical method to either one time period or one region of the world.

HIST 210History of US Constitution3
HIST 310Historical Studies3
HIST 402Israeli-Palestinian Conflict3
HIST 411History of Diplomacy I3
HIST 412History of Diplomacy II3
HIST 425AmericanForeignPolicy 20thCent3

Arts and Humanities: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course that examines one aspect of human creativity or the non-physical human condition other than literature.  Subjects include but are not limited to Art, Art History, Classics, Language, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theater.

COMM 312Intercultural Communication3
PHLS 205Critical Thinking3
RELG 300Comparative Religion3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System3
SOCI 335Intro to Cultural Competence3
SOCI 406Area Studies6

Social Science: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course grounded in one of the disciplines that examine the behavior of human beings in groups. Subjects include but are not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, Geography, Government, International Relations, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. 

COMM 312Intercultural Communication3
CRMJ 201Foundations Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 303The Study of Crime3
ECON 310Socio-Economic Studies3
ECON 350Seminar in Economics3-6
ECON 401Economic Studies6
POLS 302National Security Policy3
POLS 306Comparative Politics3
POLS 316Domestic Terrorism3
POLS 318International Terrorism3
POLS 325Immigration Law and Policy3
SOCI 209Methods of Social Science Research3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System3
SOCI 322Drugs and Gangs3
SOCI 330Military Sociology3
SSDA 315Insurgency and Conflict6
SSDA 325Law of Armed Conflict and Legal Basis for Use of Force3

Science: the equivalent of 6 semester credits.  All 6 credits may are in one or more discipline-specific courses, or in courses that examine more broadly the philosophy of science, the epistemology of the scientific method, and the role of statistics in the testing and validation of scientific knowledge.

INTD 320The Scientific Method: Understanding the Results of Quantitative Research6
SCIE 202Science, Technology and Procedures in Forensic Investigations3
SCIE 301Environmental Science3
SSDA 306Science and Technology Visual Augmentation Defense Systems3

Ethics: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course that examines the characteristics and application of at least two ethical theories. 

NTSS 400Natl Security Studies Capstone6
PHLS 210Ethics in the Modern World3
PHLS 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
SSDA 400The Capstone Project6

Capstone:  a 6-credit, program-specific course as the final and summative educational activity in the program.  This course may NOT be satisfied by prior institutional or extra-institutional learning.

CRMJ 400Capstone6
CYBR 400Cyber Capstone6
MNGT 400Management Capstone6
NTSS 400Natl Security Studies Capstone6
SSDA 400The Capstone Project6


NOTE: in all cases, academic programs may stipulate higher requirements or specific courses or course areas as part of the degree requirements.