General Education Program

Degree Requirements, Graduation, and Commencement

The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.

As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines

General Proficiency Outcomes
Sensitivity to creative expression
Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
The development of critical and analytical skills
Exploration of diverse perspectives of the human experience
Information, technology and media literacy
Quantitative literacy

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General Education

Professional Studies & Associate Program

Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)

To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of a college program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Every students must take 1 course in each of the areas listed below:

  • Writing WRI 1: Proficiency in various modes of written expression (Course: WRI 1100)
  • Quantitative Reasoning QR1: Interpret and communicate mathematical concepts in verbal, numerical, graphical and symbolic forms (Courses: MAT)
  • Oral Communications OC1: Proficiency in oral communications (informational and persuasive modes) in public settings (Course: COM 1000)
  • Fitness or Health FH1: Create and apply a personal lifetime fitness and health strategy
    OR FH2: Apply health science content to prevent disease or disability and restore or maintain health (Courses: HS 1001, FIT)
  • Information, Technology and Media Literacy ITML1: Ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, to evaluate, and effectively use and communicate information applying appropriate technologies (Courses: IT 1001 or ENG 1000)
  • Religious Studies RS1: Recognize the diversity and complexity of religious traditions; RS2: Critically examine the origins and developments of religious traditions (Courses: REL)
  • Freshman Seminar FS1: Develop academic learning and life skills incorporating campus and community citizenship (Course: SFC 1001)

General Education Program: First Year College & Bodies of Knowledge

Student Learning Outcome1 Degree: Associates, Bachelor of Science, Nursing Completion (BS, NUR) and BS Professional Studies Traditional Baccalaureate Degrees
First Year College:

Writing (WR)
Quantitative literacy (QR)
Oral Communications (OC)
Fitness/Health (FH)
Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)
Religious Studies (RS)
Freshman Studies (FS)

(One course in each First Year Category)
18

(One course in each First Year Category)
18


Bodies of Knowledge:

Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)
Natural & Physical World (NPW)
Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)
Social Environment & Human Experience (SEH)
World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)

(One course in each Body of Knowledge)
15

(Two courses in each Body of Knowledge)
30

Minimum credits

3348

Bodies of Knowledge (30 Credits)

A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Every student would be required to take two different courses fulfilling at least two Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in the five Bodies of Knowledge listed below:

HUMANISTIC AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION (HCE)

An appreciation of form, function and aesthetics in creative expression.

General Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • HCE 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of creativity across different forms of expression.
  • HCE 2: Critically analyze creative works in their appropriate social and historical context.
  • HCE 3: Engage in the creative process and articulate its relevance to the discipline.

NATURAL AND PHYSICAL WORLD (NPW)

Observation and analysis of the basic principles that underlie scientific reasoning and discovery.

General Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • NPW 1: Demonstrate understanding of the biological, chemical and physical world in relation to the systems and processes that occur at scales from the quantum to the cosmic.
  • NPW 2: Develop problem-solving skills and utilize the scientific method to describe, explain and predict natural phenomena through laboratory experiences.
  • NPW 3: Analyze the role of the sciences in public discourse and in addressing societal problems.

PHILOSOPHICAL, ETHICAL AND MORAL DIMENSIONS (PEM)

Philosophical, ethical and moral exploration of competing ideas about human nature, liberty, equality, and the consequences of social change.

General Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • PEM 1: Demonstrate an understanding of ideas about human nature, liberty, equality, and social change.
  • PEM 2: Critically analyze rational, moral, and ethical criteria as they relate to social choices.
  • PEM 3: Synthesize competing ideas between social choice and individual values.

SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE (SEH)

Understanding how economic, political, and social institutions/systems as well as individuals serve as a basis of a society.

General Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • SEH 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the role of individuals, institutions, systems, patterns of governance, and how economic and social institutions serve as a basis of contemporary society.
  • SEH 2: Ability to make informed decisions about how policy choices and their consequences affect individuals and society in a social and political context.
  • SEH 3: Synthesize and critically reflect on the relationship between the individual and society and how societies are organized, using appropriate evidence-based methods of inquiry.

WORLD HERITAGE AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (WHG)

Focus on historical and social elements of culture as well as contemporary issues related to society, polities and belief systems.

General Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • WHG 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the events that have shaped and continue to shape the contemporary world.
  • WHG 2: Demonstrate the ability to articulate differences and similarities across cultures.
  • WHG 3: Synthesize and balance information shaping social, cultural and individual identities.

Please check WebAdvisor and speak with your academic advisor about courses being offered in the General Education program. Not all courses are guaranteed to be offered in every academic term. Also, some academic majors may pre-select which General Education courses students must take, so it is important to speak with your advisor and refer to your program evaluation, as well as the college course catalogue.