General Education

General Education

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.The General Education program requires at least forty credits for each undergraduate degree-completion major that are dedicated to basic literacy in English, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and science outside the area of major concentration. 

Degree-completion undergraduate students are allowed to meet General Education requirements through:

  • CGCS Courses
  • Transfer Courses from another institution that are equivalent to 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.
  • Extra-Institutional Learning such as:
    • Credit by Examination: includes independent examinations such as CLEP, DANTES, AP, etc., as well as challenge examinations created by CGCS.
    • Credit for Training: military and professional training programs and activities 
    • 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 Goals.

Students are required to meet the following general education competency goals:

  • Goal 1. Critical Reading, Writing & Research
  • Goal 2. Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
  • Goal 3. Human Expression in Literature, History, Arts & Humanities
  • Goal 4. Natural Sciences
  • Goal 5. Individual, Society & Social Structures
  • Goal 6. Ethics,
  • Goal 7. Capstone Experience
  • Goal 8. Leadership

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

Goal 1 Critical Reading, Writing & Research:  the equivalent of 3 semester credits in General Expository Writing and 3 semester credits in Professional Writing.  

EN 101Composition and Literature I3
COMM 301Business & ProfessionalWriting3
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing3
SOCI 401Culture and Anthropology6

Goal 2 Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning:  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

Goal 3 Human Expression in Literature, History and Arts & Humanities: the equivalent of 3 semester credits in a course that examines a particular literary genre and/or a particular critical approach, plus 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, plus 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.  

Literature Courses:

ENGL 250Crime in Literature3
ENGL 270Military Literature3

History Courses

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 Courses

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

Goal 4 Natural Sciences: 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
SCIE 310Scien Basis of Sustainability3

Goal 5 Individual, Society & Social Structure: 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 401Economic Studies6
ECON 201Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Microeconomics3
POLS 302National Security Policy3
POLS 306Comparative Politics3
POLS 316Domestic Terrorism3
POLS 318International Terrorism3
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

Goal 6 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

Goal 7 Capstone Experience:  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
INTD 400Capstone6

Goal 8 Leadership:  Coursework or approved prior learning credit that demonstrates knowledge of leadership concepts and components.  

LD 101Norwich Principles of Leadership Mastery1

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