THE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
General education is that part of the curriculum
that everyone takes to acquire a broad foundation in the liberal arts and
sciences: the humanities, fine arts, and natural and social sciences.
Through its emphasis on the liberal arts
and sciences, Millersvilleís general education program gives students the
background in writing, speaking and critical thinking across a broad range
of subjects that they will need to advance through their careers and address
the wide variety of problems they will face as citizens and leaders of
a complex world.
Millersvilleís general education program
also prepares students for productive and meaningful lives outside their
careers, continuing their personal development through a lifetime of learning.
It helps them better enjoy a concert or a painting, appreciate people from
different backgrounds and cultures, read a novel or a scientific article
with greater understanding, and enjoy a stimulating conversation with friends.
The specific goals of the general education
program are for students to develop:
To meet these goals, the general education
program is organized into a structure with three components: the communications
(writing and speech) component, the liberal arts core and the perspectives
Written and oral communication skills.
Critical thinking, and analytical reasoning,
problem solving, and decision making abilities.
Broad understanding of the humanities, social
sciences and natural sciences.
The ability to interrelate ideas across disciplines
and take a holistic approach to personal, community and global concerns.
A sense of inquiry and curiosity and an appreciation
of truth and beauty.
THE COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENT
These requirements focus on skills basic
to success in all fields of study.
English Composition (0-3 credits).
This college-level competency requirement is in addition to the
pre-college proficiency requirement described earlier. Competence
in English composition must be demonstrated in one of the following ways
before the junior year.
Fundamentals of Speech (0-3 credits).
College-level competency in speech must be demonstrated in one of the following
ways, preferably before the junior year:
Achieving a combined score of 1230 in the
Verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the CEEB English
Composition Achievement Test.
Achieving a score of 3 or higher in the Advanced
Placement (AP) test in English Composition.
Achieving a satisfactory score in the CLEP
general examination in English Composition.
Passing the English Composition Competency
Examination administered by the English department at the beginning of
each fall and spring semester.
Earning a grade of C- or higher in English
Composition (ENGL 110).
Advanced Writing Course (3 credits).
A course to further enhance writing skills. The courses currently approved
to meet this requirement are ENGL 311, ENGL 312, ENGL 313 and ENGL 316.
Earning a grade of C- or higher in a competency
examination administered by the Communication and Theatre department. To
take this examination, register with the Communication and Theatre department
by the end of the drop-add period.
Earning a grade of C- or higher in Fundamentals
of Speech (COMM 100).
THE LIBERAL ARTS CORE
These courses focus on concepts basic to
the liberal arts. Students must take 4 courses (12 credits minimum) in
each of three areas: Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences.
The following stipulations apply to these courses:
THE PERSPECTIVES COMPONENT
To develop depth as well as breadth of understanding,
at least 3 courses must be at the 200 level or above.
To achieve greater understanding in some disciplines,
within each Liberal Arts Core area two courses must be from a single department.
No more than two courses from a single department may be credited toward
the Liberal Arts Core.
To develop scientific reasoning abilities,
at least one of the courses in Science and Mathematics must be a laboratory
science course. In addition, at least two of the courses in science and
mathematics must be from the physical or life sciences.
Up to 4 courses required for the major from
departments outside the major may be credited toward the Liberal Arts Core
or used as the general education elective. Courses taught by the studentís
major department may not be credited toward the core or the general education
To develop quantitative and analytical reasoning
ability, at least one math course approved for the Liberal Arts Core must
be taken. Non-math majors may satisfy this requirement by including an
approved math course in the Liberal Arts Core or as the general education
To develop competence and confidence in writing
skills, at least four courses must have a significant writing component.
These courses may be counted in the Liberal Arts Core, in the major if
required there, or as electives.
These courses are interdisciplinary and/or
multicultural in content and require a high level of educational maturity,
knowledge and thinking. They encourage students to:
Integrate knowledge acquired in previous course
Demonstrate how different areas of knowledge
relate and can be used in complementary ways.
Make independent and responsible value judgements
Apply analytical and critical thinking abilities
in resolving social, cultural , scientific and aesthetic problems. The
following stipulations apply to Perspectives courses:
GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE
Students must take one Perspectives course,
which may be either in the major department or outside the major department.
A Perspectives course taken in the studentís major department cannot also
count toward the major or required related courses.
Before taking a Perspectives course, English
Composition and at least 24 credits of the Liberal Arts Core must be completed.
Perspectives courses may not be credited toward
the Liberal Arts Core.
Students completing a semester abroad or international
students are considered to have fulfilled the perspectives requirement.
In such cases, only 51 credits of other General Education courses are required.
Students must take one additional general
education course (minimum of 3 s.h.) from among the courses identified
as Liberal Arts Core or Perspectives courses. This elective may not be
a Liberal Arts Core course from the studentís major department.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students must complete 3 credits in health
and physical education courses approved to satisfy this requirement. Special
courses or accommodations are available for disabled and nontraditional
COURSES APPROVED TO SATISFY GENERAL
Lists of courses that may be credited toward
each of the general education requirements are available from the academic
advisement office and the academic
advisement web page.