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. 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 should 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 may not combine catalogs to meet graduation requirements; the catalog used must be the same for the requirements of majors, minors and General Education. 

Students will write with clarity and precision, and read with comprehension. They will exercise the skills of independent inquiry, that is, to find, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate information in the respective discipline. 

This objective will be reinforced by critical reading, writing, and research 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.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Construct a clear thesis supported by evidence from primary and secondary sources
  • Develop knowledge of linguistic structures, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling, through practice in compoisng and revising
  • Demonstrate conventions for structure, paragraphing, tone, and mechanics
  • Apply appropriate citation styles


Courses that meet Goal 1:

Composition and Literature I3
Composition and Literature II3
COMM 301Business & ProfessionalWriting (CGCS)3
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing (CGCS)3
SOCI 401Culture and Anthropology (CGCS)6

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. Students must complete two mathematics courses.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Organize, analyze, and interpret quantitative information
  • Select and apply a mathematical model, including the appropriate quantitative methods and/or technology, to find a solution to a problem motivated by a real-world situation
  • Communicate mathematical reasoning clearly and coherently


Courses that meet Goal 2:

MA 101Mathematics: A Liberal Art3
MA 102Mathematics: A Liberal Art3
MA 107Precalculus Mathematics4
MA 108Applied Calculus4
MA 121Calculus I4
MA 122Calculus II4
MA 161Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
MA 212Finite Mathematics3
MA 220Geometry in Action3
MA 232Elementary Statistics3
MA 236Statistical Methods in Health Sciences3
MA 240Introduction to Number Theory and Cryptology3
MA 306Discrete Mathematics3
MA 318Cryptology3
MA 360Teaching Mathematics at the Elementary - Middle School Level3
MATH 232Elementary Statistics (CGCS)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 students to take one course in history, one course in literature, and one course in arts and humanities. A course that is listed in multiple categories will fulfill one or the other criteria, not both.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the vocabulary and methods in the discipline of the course
  • Locate, assess, and utilize primary and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the variety of human expression
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the relevant discipline's authors and texts, philosophical issues, historical processes and contingencies, or recognized creative works within their geographical, cultural, and/or historical contexts


Courses that meet Goal 3:

Literature Courses
EN 199Pilot Course in English at the Lower Level3-6
EN 210Modern Short Story3
EN 220Children's Literature3
EN 222Introduction to World Literatures3
EN 225Survey of British Literature I3
EN 226Survey of British Literature II3
EN 227Survey of American Literature I3
EN 228Survey of American Literature II3
EN 239Introduction to Theater3
EN 244The Literature of Leadership3
EN 245Science Fiction Literature3
EN 250Crime in Literature3
EN 251Literature of the Sea3
EN 253Approaches to Shakespeare3
EN 270Military Literature3
EN 272Veterans' Literature and Writing3
EN 282Literary Methods3
EN 292American Roots3
EN 299Pilot Course in English at the Lower Level3
EN 322Topics in World Literatures3
EN 350History of the English Language3
EN 370Topics in British Literature3
EN 373Major Author3
EN 390Topics in American Literature3
EN 399Pilot Course in English at the Upper Level3
EN 420Thematic Seminar-Literature3
EN 425Directed Study In Literature3
ENGL 250Crime in Literature (CGCS)3
ENGL 270Military Literature (CGCS)3
FR 350ENTopics Course in English3
GR 322Survey of German Lit I: From the Beginnings to 18483
GR 324Survey of German Literature II: 1848 to 19453
GR 326Survey of German Literature III: 1945 to the Present3
SP 318Spanish American Short Stories3
SP 321Introduction to the Literature of Spain I3
SP 322Introduction to the Literature of Spain II3
SP 327Spanish-American Literature I3
SP 328Hispano-American Literature II3
SP 354ENEl narco3
History Courses
HI 108The History of Civilization II3
HI 121American History Survey I3
HI 122American History Survey II3
HI 201Ancient Greece and Rome3
HI 202The Middle Ages: Europe 500 - 15003
HI 211Early East Asian Civilizations3
HI 212Modern East Asian Civilizations3
HI 214History of the Middle East3
HI 218Survey of Sub-Sahara Africa3
HI 228Norwich University History3
HI 230Civil War Staff Ride3
HI 235Military History I3
HI 236Military History II3
HI 260Topics in History3
HIST 210History of US Constitution (CGCS)3
HIST 310Historical Studies (CGCS)3
HIST 402Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (CGCS)3
HIST 411History of Diplomacy I (CGCS)3
HIST 412History of Diplomacy II (CGCS)3
HIST 425AmericanForeignPolicy 20thCent (CGCS)3
HIST 430The Cold War Revisited: The Sullivan Seminar (CGCS)3
Arts/Humanities Courses
CM 109Introduction to Mass Media3
CM 261Interpersonal Communications3
CM 335Television Criticism3
CM 436Communications Law and Ethics3
COMM 312Intercultural Communication (CGCS)3
CN 205Intermediate Chinese I3
CN 206Intermediate Chinese II3
CN 301Advanced Chinese I3
EN 115Advanced Academic English II3
EN 199Pilot Course in English at the Lower Level3-6
EN 203Advanced Composition3
EN 210Modern Short Story3
EN 220Children's Literature3
EN 222Introduction to World Literatures3
EN 225Survey of British Literature I3
EN 226Survey of British Literature II3
EN 227Survey of American Literature I3
EN 228Survey of American Literature II3
EN 239Introduction to Theater3
EN 244The Literature of Leadership3
EN 245Science Fiction Literature3
EN 250Crime in Literature3
EN 251Literature of the Sea3
EN 253Approaches to Shakespeare3
EN 270Military Literature3
EN 272Veterans' Literature and Writing3
EN 274Introduction to Creative Writing3
EN 276Environmental Writing3
EN 278Writing for the Web3
EN 282Literary Methods3
EN 292American Roots3
EN 299Pilot Course in English at the Lower Level3
EN 307The History of the Motion Picture3
EN 308The Motion Picture Director3
EN 310The Art of the Motion Picture3
EN 311American Film Comedy3
EN 322Topics in World Literatures3
EN 350History of the English Language3
EN 362Rhetorical Criticism3
EN 364Intermediate Creative Writing3
EN 370Topics in British Literature3
EN 373Major Author3
EN 390Topics in American Literature3
EN 399Pilot Course in English at the Upper Level3
EN 420Thematic Seminar-Literature3
EN 425Directed Study In Literature3
FA 201History/Theory of Architecture I3
FA 202History/Theory of Architecture II3
FA 221History of Visual Arts I: Prehistoric to 13503
FA 222History of Visual Arts II: 1350 to the Modern Era3
FA 240History of American Art3
FA 250Topics in Art3
FA 260Art Appreciation3
FA 308History/Theory of Artchitectural III3
FR 205Intermediate French I3
FR 206Intermediate French II3
FR 250Topics Course3
FR 250ENTopics Course in English3
FR 311Advanced French I3
FR 312Advanced French II3
FR 350Topics Course3
FR 350ENTopics Course in English3
GR 205Intermediate German I3
GR 206Intermediate German II3
GR 250Topics Course3
GR 250ENTopics Course in English3
GR 322Survey of German Lit I: From the Beginnings to 18483
GR 324Survey of German Literature II: 1848 to 19453
GR 326Survey of German Literature III: 1945 to the Present3
GR 350Topics Course3
GR 350ENTopics Course in English3
ID 223Topics in Interdisciplinary Humanities3
ID 299Pilot Course3
MU 101Music Appreciation3
MU 271History of Jazz3
PH 110Think! Intro to Philosophy3
PH 215Survey of Ethics3
PH 218Global History of Philosophy3
PH 220Comparative Religion3
PH 230Logic3
PH 301Topics in Philosophy3
PH 322Money, Meaning and Morality3
PH 323Environmental Ethics3
PH 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
PH 340Philosophy of Non-Violence3
PH 350Medical Ethics3
PH 360Philosophy of Science3
PH 400Reading and Research3
PHLS 205Critical Thinking (CGCS)3
RELG 300Comparative Religion (CGCS)3
SA 103Introduction to Drawing3
SA 104Introduction to Visual Design3
SA 105Introduction to Painting3
SA 106Introduction to Printmaking3
SA 107Introduction to Photography3
SA 111Foundations of Art and Architecture I3
SA 112Foundations of Art and Architecture II3
SA 200Intermediate Studio3
SA 205Water Media3
SA 210The Portrait3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System (CGCS)3
SOCI 335Intro to Cultural Competence (CGCS)3
SOCI 406Area Studies (CGCS)6
SP 205Intermediate Spanish I3
SP 206Intermediate Spanish II3
SP 250Topics Course3
SP 250ENTopics Course in English3
SP 301Advanced Spanish I3
SP 318Spanish American Short Stories3
SP 321Introduction to the Literature of Spain I3
SP 322Introduction to the Literature of Spain II3
SP 327Spanish-American Literature I3
SP 328Hispano-American Literature II3
SP 350Topics Course3
SP 350ENTopics Course in English3
SP 352ENLa guerrilla3
SP 354ENEl narco3
SP 356Cinema of Spain3

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 experiences by completing two science courses; at least one course must be a 4-credit laboratory science course. This will expose students to the scientific method and provide the critical thinking skills, necessary to make intelligent, well informed decisions. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will complete two courses; a laboratory is not required. 

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process involved in applying the scientific method (gathering data, analysis, and interpretation)
  • Apply basic scientific knowledge and logic in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of an argument
  • Apply basic scientific knowledge and logic in the decision-making process
  • Display a basic understanding of one or more fundamental scientific systems or theories
     

Courses that meet Goal 4:

BI 101Principles of Biology I4
BI 102Principles of Biology II4
BI 122Concepts in Biology4
BI 205Ecology4
CH 100Introduction to Forensic Science4
CH 101Introduction to General Chemistry4
CH 102Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CH 103General Chemistry I4
CH 104General Chemistry II4
GL 110Introduction to Geology4
GL 111Oceanography4
GL 156Introduction to Earth Evolution4
ID 110Ecology and Geology of the Connecticut River Valley4
INTD 320The Scientific Method: Understanding the Results of Quantitative Research (CGCS)6
PS 107Solar System Astronomy4
PS 108Stellar and Galactic Astronomy4
PS 201General Physics I4
PS 202General Physics II4
PS 211University Physics I4
PS 212University Physics II4
SCIE 202Science, Technology and Procedures in Forensic Investigations (CGCS)3
SCIE 301Environmental Science (CGCS)3
SCIE 310Scien Basis of Sustainability (CGCS)3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the patterns of human behavior and social structures, their related opportunities, problems, and issues.  This will be accomplished by completing one course in criminal justice, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Identify factors that shape human behavior
  • Discuss factors that shape social structures
  • Articulate how the factors, determinants, and dynamics found in human behavior and social structures present problems or opportunities


Courses that meet Goal 5:

COMM 312Intercultural Communication (CGCS)3
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 201Foundations Criminal Justice (CGCS)3
CRMJ 303The Study of Crime (CGCS)3
EC 106The Structure and Operation of the World Economy3
EC 201Principles of Economics (Macro)3
EC 202Principles of Economics (Micro)3
ECON 310Socio-Economic Studies (CGCS)3
ECON 401Economic Studies (CGCS)6
PO 105American Politics3
PO 106Introduction to Public Policy and Administration3
PO 202Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PO 215International Relations3
POLS 302National Security Policy (CGCS)3
POLS 306Comparative Politics (CGCS)3
POLS 316Domestic Terrorism (CGCS)3
POLS 318International Terrorism (CGCS)3
PY 211Introduction to Psychology3
PY 240Introduction to Social Psychology3
SO 201Introduction to Sociology3
SO 212Cultural Anthropology3
SO 214Racial and Cultural Minorities3
SO 216Sociology of Health, Wellness & Medicine3
SO 218Intro to Cultural Competence3
SOCI 209Methods of Social Science Research (CGCS)3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System (CGCS)3
SOCI 322Drugs and Gangs (CGCS)3
SOCI 330Military Sociology (CGCS)3
SSDA 315Insurgency and Conflict (CGCS)6
SSDA 325Law of Armed Conflict and Legal Basis for Use of Force (CGCS)3

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 taking one course that includes the requirement that students deal with ethical ambiguities and articulate ethical decisions.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Identify major ethical, conceptual, and factual issues and stakeholders
  • Articulate ethical principles and whether they concur or are in conflict with one another
  • Present an argument supporting a position, relying on relevant ethical principle(s), anticipating possible counter-arguments and consequences


Course that meet Goal 6:

AP 436Project Delivery and Documentation4
CM 436Communications Law and Ethics3
EG 450Professional Issues3
INTD 200The Partridge Seminar (CGCS)3
MG 341Business Law I3
NS 422Leadership and Ethics3
NTSS 400Natl Security Studies Capstone (CGCS)6
PE 355Coaching:Leadership in Sports3
PH 110Think! Intro to Philosophy3
PH 215Survey of Ethics3
PH 218Global History of Philosophy3
PH 220Comparative Religion3
PH 322Money, Meaning and Morality3
PH 323Environmental Ethics3
PH 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
PH 340Philosophy of Non-Violence3
PH 350Medical Ethics3
PHLS 210Ethics in the Modern World (CGCS)3
PHLS 324Criminal Justice Ethics (CGCS)3
PY 360History and Systems of Psychology3
SSDA 400The Capstone Project (CGCS)6

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. This General Education Requirement is to be taken in residence, at Norwich. A matriculated student who takes this course off-campus must seek permission from the department chair/director.

Outcomes: Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the field by undertaking the capstone project(s) to address one or more questions and/or problems in the discipline.
  • Incorporate major scholarship of the field to synthesize a solution to question(s) and/or problem(s) within the norms of the discipline.
  • Write effectively in accordance with the standards of the discipline.
  • Successfully defend finds from the capstone project(s) in a presentation. 


Course that meet Goal 7:

AP 412Architectural Design VI5
BI 401Senior Seminar3
CE 480Senior Design Project II3
CH 413Chemistry Seminar (AND)1
Chemical Synthesis and Examination II3
CJ 410Senior Seminar3
CM 407Senior Communications Seminar3
CN 415Senior Seminar3
CS 420Computer Science capstone I (AND)3
Computer Science capstone II3
CRMJ 400Capstone6
CSIS 400Computer Science and Information Systems Capstone6
CYBR 400Cyber Capstone6
ED 425Student Teaching12
ED 432Curriculum & Methods of Instruction Capstone4
EE 491Electrical System Design I3
EM 480Senior Design Project II3
EN 450Senior Seminar3
ES 440Research Project in Environmental Science3
FA 401Introduction to Research Methods for Architecture3
GL 440Research Project in Geology3
HE 450Evidence - Based Healthcare3
HI 430Capstone Seminar in United States History3
HI 431Capstone Seminar in Modern European History3
HI 432Capstone Seminar in Pre-Modern History3
HI 433Seminar in Non-Western History3
HI 491Honors in History II3
IA 456Cyber Defense Practicum3
IN 410Seminar in International Studies3
INTD 400Capstone6
MA 411Senior Seminars3
ME 467Mechanical Engineering Design I3
MG 449Administrative Policy and Strategy3
MNGT 400Management Capstone6
NR 441Nursing Capstone4
NTSS 400Natl Security Studies Capstone6
PE 406Readings in Physical Education3
PO 410Capstone Seminar in Political Science3
PO 491Honors in Political Science3
PS 474Senior Laboratory II3
PY 401Senior Seminar3
SP 415Seminar: Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture3
SSDA 400The Capstone Project6

Students must develop leadership knowledge skills through one course with emphasis on leadership. Such a course will ensure that students will acquire, demonstrate, and reflect upon leadership concepts and components.

Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • Acquire and utilize the concepts of leadership
  • Demonstrate awareness of various dimensions of leadership
  • Reflect upon the experience of trying to achieve a shared goal in collaborative work


Course that meets Goal 8:

AS 311Air Force Leadership Studies3
AS 312Air Force Leadership Studies3
EN 244The Literature of Leadership3
LD 101Norwich Principles of Leadership Mastery1
MNGT 315Leadership (CGCS)3
MS 312Military Science III3
MS 411Military Science IV3
NR 321Nursing Leadership3
NS 221Leadership and Management3
NS 331Evolution of Warfare3
NS 435Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare3
PY 210Psychology of Leadership3