Academic Programs
General Education Requirements (Bachelor Degree)
General Education Philosophy

The faculty affirms that humankind is best served by a society that is equitable and just. Society moves towards this ideal when its members are ethical in their actions and open-minded in their consideration of alternative social values, individual beliefs, and the pursuit of knowledge through humanistic and scientific study. To instill this ideal, the faculty affirms that students will develop an appreciation of cultural diversity and an awareness of the effects of world civilizations. The intent of this philosophy is to help students recognize the influence of biases in their awareness of and responsibility to self, to society, and to the natural environment. To achieve this goal, students will learn methods and applications of communication, logic, and analysis; they will demonstrate competence in mathematics, written and spoken languages, and appropriate technologies. Further, they will develop an understanding of the humanities and sciences.

General Education Goal

The goal of general education in a baccalaureate program is to help students develop an awareness and understanding of the achievements of civilizations, an ability to integrate ethical decision-making into professional, social, and environmental contexts, and a reasoned appreciation of points of view originating in value-belief systems other than their own. Toward this end, students will demonstrate the following general education competencies.

General Education Outcomes

The following general education outcomes were recommended by the faculty and approved in November 2012. These outcomes are congruent with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (2011) standards 4.15 to 4.18 requirements and with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2005) Liberal Education and America's Promise: Excellence for Everyone as the Nation Goes to College (LEAP). The general education curriculum embodies the institution's definition of an educated person and prepares students for life and for the world in which they live.

Demonstration of Competence
  • All students will keep assessment portfolios of work done each semester. These portfolios will be a record of student performance and will be evaluated annually by the advisor and during the semester prior to graduation.
  • With the advisor, program coordinator, and/or divisional chair's support, each student's portfolio will have (minimally) clearly defined
    • General Education Core Competencies with their Student Learning Outcomes
    • Program expectations and outcomes
    • Syllabi for courses taken, or documented experiences, that will be offered as proof the student has fulfilled such outcomes.
    • Proofs of assessments, such as papers and projects.
  • Since the General Education Core is competency driven, assessments may be made through coursework, experiential learning, or a mix.

Note: To fulfill the general education requirements, UMFK students should select from the approved list of courses. For transfer students, transcript analysis will be conducted to determine if courses taken prior to admission to UMFK are congruent with meeting the outcomes of the general education requirements rather than from the specified list of courses. The determination will be made at the time of transfer credit evaluation in consultation with discipline faculty. Students who transfer to UMFK after having completed a previous 4-year Bachelor's degree are exempt from completing the General Education Requirements.

I. CRITICAL SKILLS:

All students will be able to demonstrate competency in the critical skills of accessing, interpreting, and communicating qualitative and quantitative data. (19-20 credits).

A. Communication (9 credits):

The student will be able to effectively communicate unified and fully developed ideas, which will be written and spoken with clarity, coherence and authority of purpose to the intended audience.

CRN Course Name Credits
Written (6 credits)
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
Oral (3 credits)
BUS 219 Business and Professional Speaking 3 credits
COM 200 Speech 3 credits
EDU 214 Classroom Communications 3 credits
  Honors Speech 3 credits
 
B. Quantitative Reasoning (6-7 credits):

The student will demonstrate the comprehension and use of mathematical and quantitative concepts, the interpretation and critical evaluation of data, effective problem-solving techniques and critical reasoning.

CRN Course Name Credits
MAT 1XX May choose one fundamental course offering 3 credits
MAT 2XX or higher Must choose one additional or two course offerings at the intermediate/upper level 3-4 credits
C. Information Proficiency (4 credits):

The student will develop a set of abilities that enable effective, efficient access and critical analysis of information using appropriate technologies.

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I 4 credits
 
II. LIBERAL ARTS and SCIENCES:

The liberal arts and sciences have been part of a university education since the original universities of 1,000 years ago. All students will explore the scope and range of humanity, the shared cultural and social processes, and artistic products, thoughts and histories in the natural world of which we all share. (16 credits).

A. Arts and Humanities (9 credits):

The student will engage in thoughtful self-reflection to develop the ability to empathize with other situations from a variety of cultural, philosophical, mythological, creative, and historical perspectives.

CRN Course Name Credits
Visual and performing arts: Choose one course
ART 100 History of Art-Prehistoric to Renaissance 3 credits
ART 101 History of Art-Renaissance to 20th Century 3 credits
ART 200 Fundamentals of Art 3 credits
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
MUS 100 Music History 3 credits
MUS 120 History of Rock and Roll 3 credits
MUS 200 Fundamentals of Music 3 credits
MUS 204 American Music 3 credits
Literature: Choose one course
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3 credits
ENG 202 British Literature I 3 credits
ENG 203 British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 250 American Literature to 1865 3 credits
ENG 251 American Literature 1865 to present 3 credits
ENG 255 World Literature I 3 credits
ENG 256 World Literature II 3 credits
History: Choose one course
HTY 100 World Civilizations I 3 credits
HTY 101 World Civilizations II 3 credits
HTY 102 United States History I 3 credits
HTY 103 United States History II 3 credits
HTY 105 Introduction to Contemporary World I 3 credits
HTY 106 Introduction to the Cotemporary World II 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Western Civilization 3 credits
 
B. Natural Sciences (4 credits with lab):

The student will prepare for the twenty-first century challenges by gaining knowledge of the fundamental principles of the physical and biological sciences through systematic investigations and research.

CRN Course Name Credits
AST 110 Descriptive Astronomy 4 credits
BIO 100 General Biology 4 credits
BIO 130 Introduction to Biotechnology 4 credits
BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I* 4 credits
CHY 100 Chemistry I 4 credits
PHY 100 Physics I 4 credits
PHS 100 Physical Science I 4 credits
* Nursing and biology biomedical concentration students must take I & II to satisfy GE requirements
C. Behavioral-Social Sciences (3 credits):

The student will be able to describe the social and behavioral phenomena of human relationship to others, their communities, their social institutions, and the social and physical global processes that affect humanity.

CRN Course Name Credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
EDU 401 Educational Psychology 3 credits
ECO 100 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics 3 credits
GEO 201 Cultural Geography 3 credits
GEO 203 World Geography 3 credits
GOV 200 American Government 3 credits
POS 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Behavioral/Social Sciences 3 credits
 
III. FIVE ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES:

Competencies are to be demonstrated, and awarded, through experiential portfolio, standardized tests, and/or relevant coursework. These essential competencies are necessary to the success of a liberally educated University graduate.

A. Non-English Language Competency (3 credits):

The student will develop an awareness of the languages and heritages of fellow citizens and be able to communicate with others globally. Students will demonstrate a high novice level of competency in a language other than English, including American Sign Language, other signed languages, or Braille. Examples of course work:

CRN Course Name Credits
Bilingual fluency; CLEP test; Prior learning assessment
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish II 3 credits
FRE 101 Elementary French II 3 credits
FRE 163 French for Nurses 3 credits
B. Information Proficiency (4 credits):

The student will demonstrate the ability to find, evaluate, and use information and technology for critical thinking, lifelong learning and informed decision making. Examples of course work:

CRN Course Name Credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I 4 credits
C. Responsible Citizenship:

The student will develop a personal foundation in community health, sustainability, and environmental literacy through an ethos of sustainable management of the social and physical environmental impacts of their individual choices.

CRN Course Name Credits
To be assessed through portfolio review that demonstrates competency through experiences and/or coursework. For experiential learning, the student must complete 120 documented hours of community service that demonstrates engagement in community health, principles of sustainability and/or environmental stewardship. Examples of course work:
BUS 260/PSA 221 Business Ethics 3 credits
GOV 200 American Government 3 credits
HLT 386 Health Policy 3 credits
NUR/HCA 413 Health Care Ethics 3 credits
NUR 456 Integrated Rural Nursing Practice 3 credits
POS 100 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
PSA 221 Ethics and Community 3 credits
  Community service internship component of a program of study 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Citizenship 3 credits
 
D. Global Awareness:

The student will develop a respect for people from diverse backgrounds, genders, and cultures.

CRN Course Name Credits
To be assessed through portfolio review that demonstrates competency through experiences and/or coursework. Examples of course work:
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
ANT 307 Cultures of North America 3 credits
ANT 309 Native North American Studies 3 credits
ENG 255 World Literature I 3 credits
ENG 256 World Literature II 3 credits
EDU 299 Multicultural Education 3 credits
NUR 380 Transcultural Care in Nursing 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
  Honors Seminar in Global Awareness 3 credits
 
E. Critical Thinking

The student will use critical thought in order to guide and direct decision making from a base of sound judgments, formal reasoning, and ethical and moral considerations so as to engage in meaningful actions and behaviors as contributing members of society.

To be assessed through portfolio review.
 
Total General Education Core Credits: 35 credits

Note: The foregoing General Education requirements are based on the latest information available but are subject to change. Students should consult the printed edition of the specific catalog in effect for the semester they were admitted to UMFK for exact requirements. In the event of a discrepancy between the website and the printed catalog, the printed catalog shall prevail.

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