The Liberal Studies Program for BA and BS Degrees

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THE LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM

(For the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees—Non Teacher Education majors)

NOTE: For Liberal Studies requirements in the Adult Professional Study Program, see the Adult Professional Studies section of the catalog.

Kansas Wesleyan University is committed strongly to the liberal arts tradition.  All students seeking a baccalaureate degree will be required to complete the Liberal Studies Program described below.

Liberal Studies Mission Statement: “Informed by the Christian tradition, the Liberal Studies Program at Kansas Wesleyan University is the framework for our undergraduate education.  It provides for the development of broad knowledge and abilities to prepare students to recognize and appreciate the wholeness of life.  Students will develop skills important to the responsibilities of a well-educated person.  The Liberal Studies program provides students a foundation for life-long learning, responsible leadership in their communities, and meaningful service in the world.”

The objectives of the Liberal Studies Program are stated before each respective curriculum requirement. The required courses listed under each goal are not presumed, by themselves, to ensure that a student accomplish that goal; however the program as a whole is designed to meet these goals and to provide a sound foundation for liberal education. Although some courses may be listed as meeting more than one set of objectives, students may only use a single course to meet a single requirement.

Upon completion of the Liberal Studies Program, students will be able to:

I.   COMMUNICATION - (3 courses)

      Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate effective oral and written communication and the ability to evaluate rhetoric. 
      The student will complete all the courses listed below, preferably during the first two semesters of study.

      AOral

       1.   Demonstrate effective oral communication.

                 SCTH 130        Principles of Speech

      B.   Written

       1.   Demonstrate effective written communication. Grades of C or higher required.

                ENGL 120        Introductory English Composition 
                ENGL 121        Intermediate English Composition 

II.  MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY - (4 Courses)

The student will complete one course in Section A, Section B, Section C, and Section D.

      A.   Mathematics (1 course selected from the list below)
             Liberal Studies Objective:Demonstrate an ability to use quantitative and symbolic reasoning.

      1.    Demonstrate ability to interpret everyday life problems through mathematical or logical representations.
      2.    Demonstrate knowledge of how to solve problems and draw inferences using mathematics.

                BSHS 210          Statistical Analysis
                MATH 105        Survey of College Mathematics
                MATH 120        College Algebra
                MATH 121        Precalculus  
                MATH 145        Calculus I
                MATH 243        Discrete Mathematics

      B.   Science (1 course selected from the list below)

             Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and its application(s) through at least 3 of the following:

      1.    Demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning and formulation of theories and hypotheses.
      2.    Demonstrate an understanding of and practice data collection and analysis in the testing of theories and hypotheses. (this objective is required of any lab course)
      3.    Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of scientific knowledge on contemporary living and the importance of our responsibilities to be wise stewards in the application of that knowledge.
      4.    Demonstrate knowledge of concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

           BIOL 110          General Biology
           CHEM 120        Introductory Chemistry
           CHEM 123        General Chemistry I
           CHEM 130        Forensic Science I
           PHYS 118         Intro. to Physical Science
           PHYS 119         Earth-Space Science
           PHYS 133         Astronomy
           PHYS 145         General Geology
           PHYS 221         Univ Physics I with lab (see below)
                andPHYS 221L Univ Physics I Lab

     C.  Technology (1 course selected from the list below)

      Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate an ability to effectively use technology.

1.    Demonstrate a proficiency to effectively utilize a computer application.
       2.    Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of technology on society.

            COMP 110  Computer Technology Essentials
            COMP 131  Foundations of Computer Systems
            COMP 150  Applications
            COMP 200  Information Mgmt. & Data Analysis
            COMP 270  Web Page Programming I
            NURS 260   Information Management

      D.  Science, Mathematics, or Technology Elective (1 course chosen from IIA, IIB, IIC or the list below)

            BIOL 102    Environmental Awareness
            BIOL 221    Human Anatomy & Physiology I
            BIOL 222    Human Anatomy & Physiology II
            HONR 200  Honors Seminar in Math/Science/Tech
            PHYS 221   University Physics I

           Students may not use a course as Section D elective if the same course was used to meet the requirements above.

III. SOCIAL SCIENCES - (3 Courses)

      Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate an understanding of the individual as well as a broad cultural view of humankind and an understanding of human relationships.

The student will complete one course each in Section A, Section B, and Section C.

      A. Societal or Intercultural (1 course selected from the list below)

1.    Describe the structure and functions of social institutions (e.g. family, political, economic, religious) in society.
       2.    Discuss the similarities and differences of human societies (e.g. culture, religion, racial/ethnic, class, gender, political systems, beliefs, norms, values).
       3.   Demonstrate understanding of the differences among people’s perceptions that arise from different experiences
       4.    Demonstrate knowledge of how social sciences inform our understanding of human societal behavior.

            BUSA 100   Intro. to Business
            POLI 100    Intro. to Political Science
            SOCI 100    Intro. to Criminal Justice
            SOCI 108    Cultural Anthropology
            SOCI 131    General Sociology
            SOCI 200    Global Demography
            SOCI 203    Criminal Law
            SOCI 240    Social Inequality
            SOCI 250    Racial &Ethnic Minorities

     B. Personal or Interpersonal (1 course selected from the list below)

      1.    Demonstrate understanding of how an individual’s behavior is related to physical, environmental, and/or cognitive factors.
      2.    Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of a dyad or small group.
      3.    Demonstrate knowledge of how social sciences inform our understanding of human individual behavior, as well as interactions between individuals.

            EDUC 244  Developmental Psychology
            SPES 120    Personal & Community Health
            SPES 390    Adventure Leadership
            PSYC  101  General Psychology

     C.  Language or Social Science Elective (1 course chosen from IIIA, IIIB or one from the list below)

      This grouping includes all the courses listed above in IIIA, IIIB, or one of the following:

      Language or Social Science courses.

      1.    Demonstrate knowledge of a language and culture other than one’s own.

            BSHS 232   Human Sexuality
            HONR 210  Honors Seminar in Social Science
            PSYC 201   Social Psychology
            SPAN 101   Elementary Spanish I
            SPAN 102   Elementary Spanish II
            SPAN 201   Intermediate Spanish II
            SPAN 202   Intermediate Spanish II

IV. ARTS AND HUMANITIES - (6 Courses)

The student will complete one course in each of Sections A through F.

      A.  History (1 course selected from the list below)

       Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate the basic skills of historical understanding and analysis.

      1.    The student must demonstrate that he or she sees events from multiple perspectives.
      2.    The student demonstrates that he or she can evaluate evidence, place it in historical context, and determine its validity.
      3.    The student demonstrates that he or she can make judgments based on evidence.

            HIST 105    World Civilization I
            HIST 106    World Civilization II
            HIST 220    American History I
            HIST 221    American History II

     B.  Literature (1 course selected from the list below)

       Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate an ability to analyze creative work, and study and experience how thought, emotion, and meaning are expressed through the creative arts.

      1.    Have knowledge of literary and cultural traditions.
      2.    Demonstrate that knowledge through description and interpretation of literary works.

            ENGL 125   Introduction to Literature
            ENGL 206   World Literature
            ENGL 209   Major British Writers I
            ENGL 210   Major British Writers II
            ENGL 211   American Literature I
            ENGL 212   American Literature II
            ENGL 301   Shakespeare
            ENGL 305   Studies in British Literature
            ENGL 306   Studies in American Literature
            ENGL 307   Studies in World Literature

     C.  Theory/Appreciation of the Fine Arts (1 course selected from the list below)

       Liberal Studies Objective:Demonstrate an ability to analyze creative work, and study and experience how thought, emotion, and meaning are expressed through       the creative arts.

      1.    Demonstrate a knowledge of and appreciation for artistic creativity.
      2.    Understand the roles and responsibilities of the artist, the critic or art historian, and the audience.

IV. ARTS AND HUMANITIES - (continued)

            ARTS 100   Art Appreciation       
            ARTS 255   Survey of Art History         
            ARTS 360   Art History Since 1940         
            COMM106  Principles in Visual Communication         
            COMM230  The Film                                                                       
            MUSI 115    Music Appreciation         
            MUSI 131    Music Theory I
            SCTH 100   Introduction to Theatre         
            SCTH 106   Introduction to the Arts        

    D.  Bible (1 course selected from the list below)

Liberal Studies Objective:Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of human spirituality and values, in their relationship to the Divine.

      1.    Demonstrate Biblical understanding.
      2.    Articulate a personal spiritual stance.

            REPH 156   Old Testament Survey         
            REPH 157   New Testament Survey         
            REPH 252   The Prophets         
            REPH 258   Jesus and His Teachings         
            REPH 259   Paul and His Teachings        

E.  Theology/Philosophy/Ethics (1 course selected from the list below)

      Liberal Studies Objective:  Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of human spirituality and values, in their relationship to the ongoing tradition of philosophical and ethical inquiry in one or more of the following ways:

      1.    Show an awareness and understanding of Christian and/or other religious and philosophical traditions.
      2.    Write clearly about a philosophical/ethical tradition or practice.

            REPH 102   World Religions       
            REPH 111   Intro to Ethics       
            REPH 201   Intro to Philosophy       
            REPH 205   World Philosophies       
            REPH 225   Spiritual Formation       
            REPH 300   Philosophy of Science       
            REPH 306   Survey of Church History       
            REPH 310   Aesthetics       
            REPH 312   Philosophy of Religion       
            REPH 315   Christian Faith       
            REPH 320   American Philosophical Heritage       
            SOCI 101    Justice          

IV. ARTS AND HUMANITIES - (continued)

      F.   Language or Arts/Humanities Elective (1 course selected from IV A through E or the following courses.

      1.    Demonstrate knowledge of a language and culture other than one’s own.

            HONR 220  Honors Seminar in Arts/Humanities       
            SPAN 101   Elementary Spanish I       
            SPAN 102   Elementary Spanish II       
            SPAN 201   Intermediate Spanish I       
            SPAN 202   Intermediate Spanish II       

V.  INDIVIDUAL ENRICHMENT/LIFE SKILLS - (2 credit minimum)

The student will complete a course or courses from one or more of the 3 groupings below, totaling 2 or more credits.

Liberal Studies Objective:  Enhance breadth of experience, self-knowledge, and improvement in his/her life-long well-being, in at least one of the following ways:

      1.    Wellness

       a.   Physical Wellness - Demonstrate knowledge of behavioral factors leading to long-term physical health and quality of life.
       b.   Financial Wellness - Demonstrate knowledge of financial strategies leading to long-term financial stability and the minimization or avoidance of debt.
       c.   Relational Wellness - Demonstrate knowledge of how an individual contributes to family behaviors leading to healthy marriages or successful parenting.
       d.   Self-Knowledge - Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own skills, abilities, interests, or goals.
       e.   Sense of Community - Demonstrate leadership and/or service to the campus or community.

            BSHS 105   Foundations of Addiction       
            BSHS 232   Human Sexuality       
            BUSA 250   Personal Finance       
            EDUC 244  Developmental Psychology       
            HONR 230  Honors Seminar in Individual Enrichment       
            SPES 117    Concepts of Wellness       
            INTD 105    The Wesleyan Challenge (required for first-time full-time freshmen)       
            NURS 153   Nutrition                                                                        
            PSYC 345   Addiction and the Family      

      2.    Physical Activity (maximum 2 semesters)

       a.   Practice activities that utilize strength, endurance, coordination, and/or physical control or endurance

      3.    Application/Creation of Literature or Fine/Performing Arts (capped at 2 semesters)

       a.   Produce or contribute to the production of an artistic work (visual, performance, or written).
       b.   Critique one’s own creative work.

            ARTS 120   Two-Dimensional Design       
            ARTS 200   Drawing                                     
            ARTS 205   Painting -- Acrylic       
            ARTS 208   Painting – Watercolor       
            ARTS 230   Ceramics       
            ARTS 260   Photography       
            ENGL 360   Creative Writing       
            MUSI 160   Philharmonic Choir 1        
            MUSI 164   Jazz Ensemble 1        
            MUSI 166   Wind Ensemble 1        
            MUSI 167   Wesleyan Chorale 1        
            SCTH 140F   Speech & Drama Activities: Forensics 1