Context for Analysis (C)
1C1 Identifying Common Student
Western expects all students completing courses in the general education program to acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve nine common
objectives (Figure 1.2).
Statewide general education policy requires
Missouri higher education institutions to design and offer a general education program that
includes a minimum of 42 semester credit-hours distributed across the academic skills and knowledge areas identified in Figure 1.3. The common core of general education curriculum offerings at Western enables students to acquire the academic skills and knowledge necessary for understanding, communicating, and performing in a diverse and complex world.
Students are encouraged to complete an
applied learning experience such as an internship, practicum, or faculty/student research. In addition, students are encouraged to complete an activity, such as campus employment, that promotes
student development. Seventy-nine percent of 2006 graduates participated in co-curricular and extracurricular activities through their involvement on campus and in volunteer service to the larger community.
Student Services and Student Development
provide services and programs that systematically impact most students and help them become active and engaged citizens both on campus and in the greater community. These services include
orientation, academic advising, counseling,
academic support, disability services, multicultural education, testing, non-traditional student support,
recreation, employment, and career development.
Figure 1.2 General Education Learning Objectives
Write and speak clearly and effectively.
Think critically and reason analytically.
Locate, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from print and electronic sources.
Understand and appreciate moral values and ethical choices.
Gain a greater awareness of the present by understanding other cultures and times.
Understand and enjoy aesthetic experiences and share in related creative activities.
Develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their
Understand common phenomena in the physical and natural environment and understand the methods by which they are studied.
Understand and appreciate the means of gaining and maintaining mental and
Figure 1.3 General Studies Core
General Education Program
Category One - Basic Skills - 12 Credits
Math, English, Communications
Category Two - Natural Sciences – 8 Credits
Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Astronomy
Category Three - Social Sciences - 9 Credits
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology,
Geography, Economics, History, Government
Category Four – Humanities - 9 Credits
History, Humanities, English, Philosophy,
Religion, Art, Music, Theater, Spanish,
Category Five - Physical Health - 4 Credits
Physical Education, Military Science