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General Education

Pre-Fall 2014 General Education Requirements

General Education Forms:
Pre-Fall 2014 Advising Worksheet [pdf]
Evaluation Request Form [pdf]

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 one’s 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

GE1. COMMUNICATIONS (9 cr)
Each of the following three courses are required:

    • COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
    • ENGL 110 College Composition I (3)
    • ENGL 120 College Composition II (3)

GE2. HISTORY (3 cr)

    • HIST 101 Western Civilization I (3)
    • HIST 102 Western Civilization II (3)
    • HIST 103 US History to 1877 (3)
    • HIST 104 US History from 1877 (3)
    • HIST 211 World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1500 (3)
    • HIST 215H Modern World Origins (3)

GE3. HUMANITIES (6 cr)

    • ARB 101 Beginning Arabic I (4)
    • ARB 102 Beginning Arabic II (4)
    • ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (4)
    • ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (4)
    • ART 110 Introduction to Art (3)
    • ART 210 Art History I (3)
    • ART 211 Art History II (3)
    • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature (3)
    • ENGL 225 Introduction to Film (3)
    • ENGL 231 Bible as Literature (3)
    • ENGL 232 Mythology (3)
    • ENGL 251 British Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 252 British Literature II (3)
    • ENGL 261 American Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 262 American Literature II (3)
    • HUM 251 Humanities (3)
    • HUM 252 Humanities (3)
    • HUM 253 Humanities (3)
    • HUM 254 Non-Western Humanities (3)
    • FREN 101 Beginning French I (4)
    • FREN 102 Beginning French II (4)
    • FREN 201 Intermediate French I (4)
    • FREN 202 Intermediate French II (4)
    • GERM 101 Beginning German I (4)
    • GERM 102 Beginning German II (4)
    • GERM 201 Intermediate German I (4)
    • GERM 202 Intermediate German II (4)
    • LANG 105 Writing Systems (3)
    • LATIN 101 Beginning Latin I (4)
    • LATIN 102 Beginning Latin II (4)
    • LATIN 201 Intermediate Latin I (4)
    • LATIN 202 Intermediate Latin II (4)
    • SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I (4)
    • SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II (4)
    • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
    • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
    • SPED 113 American Sign Language I (3)
    • SPED 115 American Sign Language II (3)
    • MUSC 100 Music Appreciation (3)
    • MUSC 201 World Music (3)
    • MUSC 205 Histort of U.S. Thru Music (3)
    • MUSC 207 History of Pop and Rock Music (3)
    • PHIL 100 Critical Thinking (3)
    • PHIL 101 Introductiion to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 102 Philosophy of Human Nature (3)
    • SCE 102 Environment and Humanities (3)
    • THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts (3)

GE4. WELLNESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (2 cr)

    • BIT 123 Technology for Personal Advance (2)
    • FIN 251 Personal Finance (3)
    • HPER 100 Concepts of Fitness & Wellness (2)
    • HPER 101 Dance (1)
    • HPER 105 Outdoor Activities (1)
    • HPER 109 Racket Sports (1)
    • HPER 110 Beginning Swimming (1)
    • HPER 120 Weight Training (1)
    • HPER 125 Intermediate Swimming (1)
    • HPER 126 Group Fitness (1)
    • HPER 127 Advanced Hunter Education (1)
    • HMS 151 Stress Management (2)
    • ART 101 Introduction to Studio Art (3)
    • ART 112 Computer Graphics (3)
    • ART 122 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
    • ART 130 Drawing I (3)
    • ART 140 Crafts I (3)
    • ART 204 Jewelry I (3)
    • ART 250 Ceramics I (3)
    • ART 280 Photography I (3)
    • MUSC 120 Concert Choir (1)
    • MUSC 150 Orchestra (1)
    • MUSC 160 Concert Band (1)
    • SPED 234H Disability and Society (3)

GE5. MATHEMATICS (4 cr)

    • MATH 103 College Algebra (4)
    • MATH 104 Finite Math (4)
    • MATH 107 Precalculus (4)
    • MATH 146 Applied Calculus (3)
    • MATH 165 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 201H Environmental Math (3)
    • MATH 240 Applied Statistics (4)

GE6. SCIENCE (8 cr)

    • BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology (4)
    • BIOL 127 Environmental Biology (4)
    • BIOL 142 General Microbiology (4)
    • BIOL 150 General Biology I: Introduction to Cellular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 151 General Biology II: Introduction to Zoology (4)
    • BIOL 154 General Biology III: Introduction to Botany (4)
    • CHEM 110 Survey of Chemistry (4)
    • CHEM 115/115L Introductory Chemistry (4)
    • CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II (5)
    • CHEM 127 Chemistry of the Environment (4)
    • GEOL 101 Environmental Geology (4)
    • GEOL 105 Physical Geology (4)
    • GEOL 127 Environmental Earth Systems (4)
    • PHYS 105 Physical Science by Inquiry (4)
    • PHYS 110 Astronomy (4)
    • PHYS 203 Introduction to Physics I (4)
    • PHYS 204 Introduction to Physics II (4)
    • PHYS 221 General Physics I (5)
    • PHYS 222 General Physics II (5)
    • SCE 103 Enivronments and Sciences (4)

GE7. SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 cr)

    • PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
    • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • GEOG 110 Principles (3)
    • GEOG 161 World Regional Geography (3)
    • SCE 101 Environments and Societies (3)
    • SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOC 200H Idea of Society
    • SOC 210 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • POLS 115 American Government (3)
    • SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare (3)

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 Registrar’s 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.