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General Education

Student Information

All baccalaureate degree students must complete the General Education Requirements (GER) specified below. Courses taken to complete GER may also be used to complete the requirements of majors, minors, or concentrations. These courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students are expected to study broadly beyond their areas of specialization.

Statement of Philosophy
At Minot State University, the principal role of general education is to foster the broad repertoire of intellectual, social, and cultural skills needed to function in the world. General education equips students to understand and influence their own milieu. General education develops the ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize information and to use it in solving problems. The general education curriculum therefore emphasizes 1) mastery of linguistic skills, 2) a broad historical and cultural perspective, 3) literacy in the social, natural, and mathematical sciences, 4) understanding and appreciation of the arts such as music, literature, painting, and sculpture, and 5) commitment to contributing oneís talents to advancement of the common good. It develops an ability to think and live creatively, critically, intuitively, and rationally, using the full range of abilities inherent in the mind and body. It offers the potential to create in every student a sense of personal, historical, and cultural identity, leading to a breadth of understanding that offers possibilities in all phases of life.

Distribution of Requirements
A minimum of 38 credits are necessary to complete the Minot State University GER. These classes are identified in the catalog and term schedule of classes with a GE#. These credits must be distributed throughout the curriculum in a prescribed manner.

General Education Inventory

Completing the Requirements
There are several ways in which students may complete the General Education Requirements (GER):

  1. Successfully complete the 38-credit GER as specified above.
  2. Successfully pass AP/CLEP (inquire at the Records Office for the current list) or department exams (inquire at the department) for some of the courses in the above inventory.
  3. Successfully complete approved, letter-graded, correspondence, or on-line courses offered through the Center for Extended Learning (a maximum of 16 correspondence credits may be applied toward the degree).
  4. Successfully complete the GER of another institution under the terms of the North Dakota University System General Education Transfer Agreement (see below).

North Dakota University System (NDUS) General Education Transfer Agreement
The NDUS Transfer Agreement was developed to assist students who transfer within the eleven NDUS campuses. Students who have completed the lower division GER at one campus are deemed to have completed them at another. Students who have not completed GER prior to transfer will find that their general education course work taken at one NDUS campus will be acceptable as general education course work at another, although some redistribution of courses may result.

Students transferring into Minot State University should contact the Registrar at the former campus to have verification of GER completion forwarded to the Registrarís Office at Minot State University. Students transferring out of Minot State University should either complete the Minot State University GER or take courses in the Minot State University general education inventory that are marked for transfer (e.g. ND: ENGL, ND:FA, ND:LABSC). Please direct questions about the Transfer Agreement to the Records Office.

Under the terms of the NDUS Transfer Agreement, the Minot State GER contains the following seven components. Credits taken elsewhere and coded as indicated will help to complete the Minot State GER:

  1. COMMUNICATION (9 credits: 6 credits of English and 3 of Speech). Any NDUS course marked ND:ENGL may apply to the 6-credit English requirement, and any marked ND:SPEECH may apply to the Speech requirement.
  2. HISTORY (3 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:HIST.
  3. humanities (6 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:HUM.
  4. wellness (2 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:FA.
  5. mathematics (4 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:MATH which is at the level of college algebra or above.
  6. SCIENCE (8 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:LABSC.
  7. social science (6 credits). Any NDUS course marked ND:SS.