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University Studies Program

Southeast Missouri State University

Table of Contents

First Year Introductory Course......................

Physical Systems

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Economic Systems

Political Systems

Social Systems...............................,

Course Number Index

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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 fmd that our professional programs at Southeast are as good as you could find anywhere, and our graduates do fmd 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 members 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 Univ~rsity 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.

I wish you the best -- during your Southeast years and always.

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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 8 and 9 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-10l 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 as well as for the rest of your lives.

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School of University Studies 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 ofPlanning and Assessment: Dr. David Green, 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 305, Kent Library, 651-2298. Ms. Linda Koenig is the secretary for the Center.

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Director of the Honors Program: Dr. Larry Clark, 207 Memorial Hall, 651-2579.

Coordinator of the Governor's SCholars Program: Dr. Helen Nevitt, 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.

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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 interconnections 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 become more proficient in information gathering, critical thinking, communication, and understanding our past, our need to understand other cultures becomes 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 infonned 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 ability to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses A concern for beauty is a universal characteristic of human culture. Aesthetics, while usually associated with the fme 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 to function 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.

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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 completed 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).

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VI-300 Drugs and Bebavior VI-30t Managerial Communication Processes VI-302 Westward Movement: Development of American Regional CuJtures UI-303 The Female Experience VI-304 The History and CuJture of West Mrica UI-305 Judkial Reasoning UI-306 The Film as History and Literature UI-307 Economic Geograpby UI-308 Cultural and Pby ical Landscapes of the World: A Geographical Analysis UI-309 Crime and Human Behavior UI-310 The American Musical Experience UI-311 Masterpieces of the French Novel UI-312 Perspectives on the Present UI-3 13 African-American Literature and History Electronics and Computers in Music UI-315 UI-316 Contemporary Legal Studies UI-317 Human Sexuality UI-3I8 Earth Science: A Process Approacb UI-3J9 Technology and Society The Modem Presidency UI-320 UI-322 International Political Economy UI-326 Australian CuJture UI-331 Biocbemistry I UI-332 Images of Women in Literature Religion in America UI-336 Issues in 20th Century Architecture UI-337 UI-338 Rural Sociology UI-339 North American Indians UI-340 Housing Perspectives UI-341 Victorian Studies UI-342 Modem Political Thought UI-343 Transcultural Experience: Health and Human Services UI-344 Plants and Humanity UI-345 Nonverbal Communication UI-347 Living in a Global Society Comparative Economic Systems UI-349

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UI-350 Middle East Politics Public Opinion Management UI-351 Medical Ethics UI-352 UI-354 Lifestyle Enhancement Consumer and the Market UI-355 UI-357 Early American Political Thought UI-358 Foundations of Political Thought UI-359 Consumers: BuyinglHaving/Being UI-360 Recycling and Waste Management UI-361 Contemporary Political Theory Contemporary French Culture UI-362 Law and Economics UI-366 Mind, Meaning and Value UI-368


Upper-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum 400-LEVEL SENIOR SEMINAR COURSES ill-400 Business and Ethics ill-401 American Cultural Landscapes: Regional Architecture and Settlement Systems ill-402 Music in World Cultures ill-403 Aesthetics and Human Values ill-404 The Human Ascent ill-406 Transforming the Female Experience ill-407 Rational Endeavor ill-4lO Manufacturing Research in a Global Society ill-412 American Health Care System ill-414 The American Temper: Ideas in Conflict ill-415 Science and Religion ill-416 Planetary Exploration: From Galileo to the Present and Beyond ill-417 Images of Britain ill-422 Scientific Reasoning ill-425 Persuasion: Understanding, Practice and Analysis ill-431 Shakespeare's Tragedies and the Human Condition ill-432 Shakespeare's History Plays and Comedies and the Human Condition ill-438 The Nature and Growth of Mathematical Thought

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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 HU11Uln Institutions Development of a Major Civilization Economic Systems Political Systems Social Systems

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Catalog Description (including prerequisites) This course is the introductory course in the University Studies program. The course has three purposes: I) 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 importance 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 successful college student and an educated person.

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