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University Studies Program
Southeast Missouri State University
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Welcome from the President.
Course listing of the 400-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum.
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Welcome to Southeast Missouri State University and our University Studies program!
As a new student at Southeast, you are beginning a great adventure and you are being offered an exciting opportunity. The adventure comes in opening yourself to new ideas and new experiences -- making changes in your understanding of the world around you and expanding the range of considered possibilities, both intellectually and in how you view your future. Probably never again in your life will you enjoy the luxury of having the time to study a wide range of topics covering the full range of human experiences. Giving you that opportunity -- guiding you through that adventure -- is the purpose of University Studies.
Of course, you are here to receive professional training that will lead to a rewarding and profitable career after college. You will find that our professional programs at Southeast are as good as you could find anywhere, and our graduates do find rewarding careers.
But do not think of University Studies as requirements to "get out of the way" so you can get on with the business of learning about a profession. It is through your contact with our outstanding faculty menlbers in this general education program that you will become a truly educated human being, able to function in the global'village of the 21st century. I predict that in later years you will conclude that the broad background you received in University Studies was at least as important to you in your career as the professional skills which prepared you for your first job.
This is an exciting time in your life. Your work at Southeast will be a great challenge, a great opportunity, and a great adventure. With dedication and diligence, it will also be a great success.
Program Description A university education will be many things for you. At the very least it will assist you in securing an entry-level position in the career of your choice. At best it will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure promotion and advancement later in your career, improve your quality of life, and enhance your humanness. Most students approach their "university experience" from the point-of-view that the major will lead to a job and that University Studies, for the most part, is a continuation of high school subject matter to be learned.
In reality, the major is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experiences that come from studying a discipline in considerable depth. The major will not ensure a job if jobs are unavailable. In contrast, University Studies is the breadth component of the curriculum and it is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful student, to be upwardly mobile in your career, and to become a life-long learner.
In the decade of the eighties, Southeast Missouri State University completely redesigned its general education program. We asked ourselves, students, and alumni the question, "What kinds of skills should students develop in the university today that will prepare them appropriately for life in the next century?" After extended discussion, we decided that students would need to develop expertise in the nine University Studies Objectives listed on pages 10 and 11 of this handbook in order adequately to prepare them for a quality life in the next century. We believe that you will need to access information effectively, think critically, communicate effectively, understand past experiences, develop an awareness of your own and other cultures, be able to make intellectual rather than emotional decisions involving dilemmas, appreciate quality, and understand what it means to be a responsible citizen.
Every course in the program uses subject matter to provide you with opportunities to develop proficiency in these nine objectives. GS-I0l Creative and Critical Thinking, our freshman seminar, introduces you to these objectives, the lower level curriculum courses provide you with treatment of the objectives from different perspectives (Individual Expression, Natural Systems, and Human Institutions), and the interdisciplinary curriculum provides you with ways to explore relationships within and among these perspectives. In short, the University Studies Program is a skills program.
It is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop skills that are essential for your immediate and distant futures.
You are encouraged to approach University Studies with these skills in mind.
We sincerely hope that our past efforts in designing this nationally recognized program will result in an improved quality of life for you now and for the rest of your lives.
Administrative Offices The location of offices and activities contained within the School of University
Studies are as follows:
Dean: Dr. John Hinni, 210 Memorial Hall, 651-2062.
Administrative Secretary: Ms. Susan Ludwig, 210 Memorial Hall, 651-2062.
Secretary: Ms. Tina Ellis, 210 Memorial Hall, 651-2579.
Director of Planning and Assessment: Dr. Dalton B. Curtis, Jr., 205 Memorial Hall, 651-2600.
Director, Curriculum: Dr. Jean E. Benton, 210 Memorial Hall, 651-2145.
Director, Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning: Dr. Fred Janzow, room 4-9, Kent Library, 651-2298. Ms. Linda Mason is the secretary for the Center.
Director of the Honors Program: Dr. Larry Clark, 207 Menlorial Hall, 651-2579.
Coordinator of the Governor's Scholars Program: position open, 206 Memorial Hall, 651-5914.
Director of the University Museum: Ms. Patricia Reagan-Woodard, Memorial Hall, 651-2260. Ms. Peggy Haney is the secretary for the Museum.
Director of the Writing Outcomes Program: Dr. Dennis Holt, Writing Center, Kent Library, 651-2159. Ms. Judy White is the secretary for the Program.
One fundamental purpose of a liberal education is to ensure the acquisition of knowledge common to educated people and to equip students to integrate acquired knowledge in order to produce intercolmections of thoughts and ideas.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the information, ideas and skills they need to have in order to live a happier and more intellectually rewarding life.
The program is based upon nine University Studies Objectives:
Objective No. 1 Demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information This objective addresses the ways to search for, find and· retrieve the ever increasing information available in a technological society.
Objective No. 2 Demonstrate capabilities for critical thinking, reasoning and analyzing Students today cannot learn all the information that is produced. Therefore, they must be able to evaluate, analyze and synthesize information. They must be able to effectively process large amounts of information.
Objective No. 3 Demonstrate effective communication skills The ability to understand and manipulate verbal and mathematical symbols is a fundamental requirement in any society, especially one that thrives upon the free exchange of ideas and information. Functional literacy is not the goal, rather, students must attain a high level of proficiency in order to be effective and happy citizens.
Objective No. 4 Demonstrate an understanding of human experiences and the ability to relate them to the present The degree to which individuals and societies assimilate the accrued knowledge of previous generations is indicative of the degree to which they will be able to use their creative and intellectual abilities to enrich their lives and the culture of which they are a part.
Objective No. 5 Demonstrate an understanding of various cultures and their interrelationships Understanding how other people live and think gives one a broader base of experience upon which to draw in the quest to become educated. As we beconle more proficient in information gathering, critical thinking, communication, and understanding our past, our need to understand other cultures beconles greater.
Objective No. 6 Demonstrate the ability to integrate the breadth and diversity of knowledge and experience This objective deals not merely with the possession 'of isolated facts and basic concepts, but also the correlation and synthesis of disparate knowledge into a coherent, meaningful whole.
University Studies Objectives (continued) Objective No. 7 Demonstrate the ability to make informed, intelligent value decisions Valuing is the ability to make informed decisions after considering ethical, moral, aesthetic and practical implications. It involves assessing the consequences of one's actions, assuming responsibility for them, and understanding and respecting the value perspective of others.
Objective No.8 Demonstrate the tibility to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses A concern for beauty is a universal characteristic of human culture. Aesthetics, while usually associated with the fine arts, can be broadly defined to include all areas of human endeavor, for example, science, history, business and sport.
Objective No. 9 Demonstrate the ability tojunction responsibly in one's natural, social and political environment Students must learn to interact responsibly with their natural, social and political environments in order to assure continued interrelationships among persons and things.
This objective presupposes an educated, enlightened citizenry that· accepts its responsibility to understand and participate in the political and social process.
Reminder: In order to receive a degree from Southeast, students must pass MA-095 Intermediate Algebra, or score at the appropriate levels on placement tests to have the course waived. This requirement should be conlpleted before attempting any course in the Logical Systems Category.
This requirement applies to all students regardless of the major selected (see "Graduation Requirements" in the University Bulletin).
Economic Systems AG-201 World Food and Society EC-101 Economic Problems and Policies EC-215 Principles of Microeconomics
Middle East Politics UI-350 Public Opinion Management UI-351 Medical Ethics UI-352 Consumer and the Market UI-355 Early American Political Thought UI-357 Consumers: Buying/Having/Being UI-359 Recycling and Waste Management UI-360 Contemporary Political Theory UI-361 Contemporary French Culture UI-362 Law and Economics UI-366 Mind, Meaning and Value UI-368
Business and Ethics UI-400 UI-401. American Cultural Landscapes: Regional Architecture and Settlement Systems Music in World Cultures UI-402 Aesthetics and Human Values UI-403 The Human Ascent UI-404 Shakespeare and the Human Condition UI-405 Transforming the Female Experience UI-406 Rational Endeavor UI-407 Manufacturing Research in a Global Society UI-410 American Health Care System UI-412 The American Temper: Ideas in Conflict UI-414 Science and Religion UI-415 Planetary Exploration: From Galileo to the Present and Beyond UI-416 Images of Britain UI-417 Scientific Reasoning UI-422 Persuasion: Understanding, Practice and Analysis UI-425 The Nature and Growth of Mathenlatical Thought UI-438
Perspectives on Individual Expression Artistic Expression Literary Expression Oral Expression Written Expression Perspectives on Natural Systems Behavioral Systems Living Systems Logical Systems Physical Systems Perspectives on Human Institutions Development of a Major Civilization Economic Systems Political Systems Social Systems
Catalog Description (including prerequisites) This course is the introductory course in the University Studies program. The course has three purposes: 1) to help students make a successful transition to college life;
2) to help students develop effective learning and thinking skills; 3) to help students understand the inlportance of liberal education and life-long learning. (3) Course Content. What thinking skills do professors expect students to master? What strategies can students use to improve their thinking skills? What thinking skills and attitudes must students master to become liberally educated citizens?· The answers to these questions are important keys that unlock the door to becoming a succes~ful college student and an educated person..
This course is designed specifically to help freshmen learn how to make a successful start in college. In it they learn about effective strategies for learning; they learn about dispositions and skills that are essential for effective thinking; they learn how to develop a plan of study for completing a college degree and about the importance of committing themselves to a life of learning. In short, GS-lOl is a course that helps freshmen make the transition to university life.
Nature of Course In GS-l 01 students approach these topics through active learning. They do this through structured discussion, informal and formal writing, problem-solving, decision making and issue analysis.
GS-lOl is unlike most courses that students have taken in the past. One difference is that GS-l01 focuses on the processes of learning and thinking rather than on standard academic content such as history, biology or economics. Another difference is that the professors teaching the course are from various academic departments. Thus the specific subject matter used to develop important learning and thinking skills may vary from section to section. However, all students will be given the opportunity to learn the same skills and work toward the same course objectives.
Student Expectations Students earn a grade in GS-l 01 through participation, written assignments, and examinations. Because GS-lOl emphasizes discussion and other forms of active learning, attendance and participation are essential to achieve success in the course.