Apr 25, 2018  
2013-14 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-14 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Vision Statement:  In keeping with the Mississippi University for Women Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

Mission Statement:  The Mississippi University for Women General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

Guiding Principles:  All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

10.1 General Education Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Critical Thinking & Effective Communication:  Students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Evaluate information for the purposes of making informed decisions
  • Analyze the arguments and points of view of others
  • Present information, arguments, and ideas in oral, written and visual forms appropriate to their contexts

2.  Cultural Literacy:  Students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Analyze individual aesthetic and cultural works
  • Compare human endeavors across cultures and through history
  • Discuss global perspectives and cultures objectively

3.  Quantitative and Technology Skills:  Students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Solve problems, draw conclusions, and make predictions using quantitative information
  • Analyze quantitative information presented in different formats
  • Adapt to emerging technologies

4.  Understanding of Self, Society, and The Natural World:  Students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Analyze the interactions between the individual and society
  • Engage in activities that promote personal and civic well-being
  • Apply the scientific method to solve problems

5.  Life-Long Learning:  Students will demonstrate the ability to

  • Transfer general education strands to their major fields of study and to make connections between disciplines


10.2 General Education Curriculum

I. Written and Oral Communication:

The written and oral communication requirement can be met through the successful completion of the following three-hour courses: (Minimum grade of C or higher required.)

II. Quantifying Skills:

The mathematics requirement can be met through successful completion of one of the following three-hour courses:

III. Natural Sciences (8 semester hours)

The Natural sciences requirement can be met through successful completion of the following courses:

Two lab-based natural science courses

IV. Humanities and Fine Arts: (12 semester hours)

The humanities and fine arts requirement can be met through successful completion of approved three-hour survey course(s) from the following areas:

  • One course in History
  • One course in Literature
  • One course in Fine Arts
  • A second course in History, Literature, or Fine Arts

V. Social Science: (3 semester hours)

The social science requirement can be met through successful completion of an approved three-hour course from one of the following areas:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies

VI. Critical Thinking:

The critical thinking requirement can be met through successful completion of an approved three-hour course from the following area:

  • Philosophy (non-religion)

VII. Technology

Each major will specify opportunities for its students to work with and learn to adapt to emerging technologies. Please see the degree requirements for
individual majors to learn about any additional requirements.

VIII. Health-Related Course: (1-3 semester hours)

The health requirement can be met through successful completion of an approved course from the following area:

  • Health and Kinesiology
  • Food and Nutrition

IX. Breadth of Understanding:

To satisfy the requirements for any major, students are encouraged to complete courses addressing global* and historical perspectives.

In addition, students must complete at least six hours of general electives. those electives may include (but are not limited to) foreign language courses, courses for a minor, or courses for a second major.

*A global perspective is the understanding of environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic forces that shape the world.

X. Meeting the Challenge of College Life: (0-1 semester hour)

Entering freshmen with fewer than 12 hours earned (excluding AP and CLEP credit, college credit earned while in high school, and college credit earned
during the summer between high school graduation and fall enrollment) are required to successfully complete the following course:

XI. Reinforcing and Extending the General Education Curriculum:

In meeting the mission of the general education curriculum and fulfilling its student learning outcomes, each major will specify courses or activities that
reinforce each of the guiding principles for the general education curriculum.

Total: (39-40 Semester Hours)

Some Colleges and the School of Professional Studies maintain minimum standards for core requirements, demanding a minimum grade of C in all such classes. Students are encouraged to complete most of the core curriculum during the freshman and sophomore years. They should consult other sections of this Catalog or their advisors about the standards for their specific majors.

10.3 Post-Baccalaureate Core

In order to qualify for a second baccalaureate degree, the student must earn at least 25 percent of the required hours in residence following the completion of the first Bachelor’s degree and meet all academic requirements for the desired degree. Note: 50 percent of the major hours must be earned at MUW.

Students entering MUW in pursuit of a second undergraduate degree must meet the following core requirements:

English (9 hours)

  • English Composition (6 hours)
  • Literature (3 hours)

Laboratory Science (8 hours)

  • Biological Science or
  • Physical Science

Mathematics (3 hours)

  • College Algebra or above, excluding MA 123 Statistics

Oral Communication (3 hours)

Philosophy (3 hours)

  • Philosophy (non-religion) course

History (3 hours)

Fine Arts (3 hours)

  • Fine Arts (history or appreciation course)

Mathematics or Computer Course (3 hours)

  • Mathematics above College Algebra or
  • Computer Applications/Programming

Liberal Arts Courses (4 hours)

  • Four additional hours of liberal arts courses