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The University Studies Handbook is also available on line http://ustudiesosemooedu/ Welcome from the President Welcome to Southeast Missouri State University and our nationally recognized University Studies program!
We are glad that you chose Southeast and its outstanding faculty for your college education, an education that will undoubtedly prepare you to be as competitive and successful in life as Southeast graduates like Astronaut Linda Godwin and so many others.
One of the reasons our graduates are competitive is that they receive a broad and deep general education in our University Studies program.
The era in which we live has been characterized by some as the "information age." One of the characteristics of our period is that the pace of change in every field is accelerating more and more rapidly. In some fields, experts have noted that the amount of new knowledge doubles every three to five years -- or in some cases in a matter of months. Many futurists have pointed out that most people entering the job market these days can expect to have several different careers during their lifetimes. This makes it.' more urgent that you look upon your university experience as an opportunity to prepare yourself to cope with a changing environment.
College is not just about preparing you to perform a specific task, but about creating an educated person, one who is able to function responsibly and successfully in whatever environment he or she may encounter. Included in this booklet is a list of the nine "objectives" of University Studies. Those objectives spell out the kind of skills you will need for success during your lifetime of career changes. I hope that you will not consider the University Studies as an "extra burden," but rather the "keystone" to making your life and career a success.
Again, welcome to Southeast and I look forward to seeing you on campus!
What is University Studies?
All colleges and universities offer a core of courses designed to help students develop a collective understanding of the world and prepare for the changing conditions of personal, family, and career life. At Southeast Missouri State University, you will have these core learning experiences in the courses of the nationally recognized University Studies program. After
examining this handbook, you will see that this reputation is due to two emphases of the program:
academic skills and curriculum themes.
In a nutshell, the University Studies program is designed to help you develop academic skills by learning the ways that scholars in different academic disciplines seek answers to important questions about our lives. In the program, you should learn how artists, scientists, poets, economists, and other scholars use critical and creative thinking to understand humans and their relationship with the universe around them. For example, to understand the relationship of humans and nature an artist may create a painting of humans in a serene forest setting; a scientist may test hypotheses about human impacts on the ecology of that forest; a poet may weave words expressing a sense of wonder at the forest's beauty; and an economist may seek to understand the optimal cost...
to-benefit ratio of harvesting the trees in that forest. Each of these scholars uses different approaches to thinking about the interaction of humans and nature. The courses in the University Studies lower division categories help you learn key academic skills that are the bases of these various ways of seeking answers to fundamental questions about our existence. The lower division courses, therefore, provide opportunities for you to learn how scholars acquire knowledge and form it into concepts that help us understand the world around us. This emphasis is evident in the lower division curriculum's theme, Acquisition of Knowledge: Gaining Perspectives on the Individual, Society and the Universe.
After completing the lower division courses, you will enroll in three interdisciplinary courses. These upper division University Studies courses are focused on the theme, Integration of Knowledge: Living in an Interdependent Universe. The interdisciplinary courses will help you see that the various ways scholars seek answers to questions are complementary and based on the same underlying academic skills. Your experiences in these courses should help you understand that integrating the different ways of applying these intellectual skills is a powerful and necessary way to gain a fuller understanding of the complex issues, problems, and joys of human life.
What are these important academic skills? You will fmd the nine University Studies skills objectives and the program's themes and structure described on pages 6-9 of this handbook. Every University Studies course uses academic subject matter to help you practice these key skills as you prepare for life after college. Please examine these skills objectives and themes carefully and then look through the descriptions of courses in the University Studies program. The information you find on these pages will help you choose courses that interest you and that meet the requirements of various academic programs. By making good use of this handbook, you will gain a better sense of how the University Studies program will help you succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
The staff of the School of University Studies is committed to helping you be successful in the University Studies program. As you participate in the program and prepare for your future, we encourage you to ask us for advice and help. We wish the best for you and will work with you to help you achieve your educational goals.
School of University Studies Administrative Offices The location of offices and activities contained within the School of University Studies are as
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 University Studies progran1 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 inforn1ed 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 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 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.
Economic Systems Political Systems
Drugs and Behavior UI-300 Managerial Communication Processes UI-301 Westward Movement: Development of American Regional Cultures UI-302 The Female Experience UI-303 The History and Culture of West Africa UI-304 Judicial Reasoning UI-305 The Film as History and Literature UI-306 Economic Geography UI-307 Cultural and Physical Landscapes of the World: A Geographical Analysis UI-308 Crime and Human Behavior UI-309 The American Musical Experience UI-310 Masterpieces of the French Novel UI-311 Perspectives on the Present UI-312 The African-American Experience UI-313 Electronics and Computers in Music UI-315 Contemporary Legal Studies UI-316 Human Sexuality UI-317 Earth Science: A Process Approach UI-318 Technology and Society UI-319 The Modern Presidency UI-320 International Political Economy UI-322 Australian Culture UI-326 Experimental Methods I UI-330 Biochemistry I UI-331 Images of Women in Literature UI-332 Religion in America UI-336 UI-337 Issues in 20th Century Architecture· Rural Sociology UI-338 UI-339 North American Indians Housing Perspectives UI-340 Victorian Studies UI-341 Modern Political Thought UI-342 Transcultural Experience: Economic and Cultural Institutions UI-343 Transcultural Experience: Health and Human Services UI-343 Plants and Humanity UI-344 Nonverbal Communication UI-345 Living in a Global Society UI-347 Comparative Economic Systems UI-349
UI-350 Middle East Politics UI-351 Public Opinion Managen1ent Medical Ethics UI-352 Lifestyle Enhancement UI-354 UI-355 Consumer and the Market UI-357 Early American Political Thought Foundations of Political Thought UI-358 Consumers: Buying/Having/Being UI-359 UI-360 Recycling and Waste Management Contemporary Political Theory UI-361 Contemporary French Culture UI-362 Law and Economics UI-366 Mind, Meaning and Value UI-368 Vice and Virtue UI-369 UI-370 Media Ethics Government and Business UI-371 Earthquakes and Society UI-372 Earth/Life Through Time UI-373 European Film UI-375 Physics of Star Trek UI-378 History and Philosophy of An1erican Mass Media UI-382 The Film Musical UI-390 The Age of Beethoven UI-396
UI-500 History of the English Language UI-501 Principles of Language List the University Studies courses as you take them to monitor your progress.
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) An acade~ic skills-centered seminar which introduces students to the University. Studies Program and the value of liberal education while addressing one of a variety of themes. See First Year Experience web site for themes (http://ustudies.semo.edu/uilOO/). Required of all students entering the university with fewer than 24 credit hours. (3) Course Content This course is designed to equip students with skills and intellectual dispositions which will enable them to succeed in their academic careers. Primary focus will be placed on the ability to locate and gather information, the ability to engage in critical thinking, and the ability to express oneself orally and in writing. Each section of the seminar will address a particular interdisciplinary theme, a topic or body of knowledge which students approach for the purpose of developing their skills in acquiring and using information. The theme provides a Context for academic investigation and student self expression.