Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
January 18, 2005
Recommendation 1: A new purpose statement and objectives for General
Proposed Purpose Statement (Drafted 11/23/04; Approved 12/20/04)
Consistent with Millersville University's mission to "promote intellectual
development through an exemplary liberal arts based education," the purpose of
General Education is to provide breadth of knowledge as a balance and complement to
the depth provided by the major. General Education is designed to provide a
coherent, well-rounded educational experience that assures the acquisition of
lifelong values and competencies, including information literacy, personal
wellness, ways of knowing across a variety of disciplines, and an appreciation for
cultural and academic diversity. These are necessary for the holistic development
of our graduates so that they may become responsible citizens in a democracy that
exists within an increasingly complex global society.
Proposed Objectives (Drafted 12/20/04; Approved 12/20/04)
The General Education Program prepares graduates who meet all of the following
Foundations for Critical Thinking and Life-Long Learning
- generate, express, and revise ideas for personal, career, and civic
- present ideas formally in spoken, written, and media forms.
- find appropriate sources of information, evaluate the information, and
integrate it into a final product.
- demonstrate general knowledge and an appreciation for physical and
psychological well-being, as well as an appreciation for the environment, life-long
learning, and community participation.
Critical Thinking And Its Application To Personal, Academic, Career, and Civic
- use and interpret statistical data.
- evaluate and solve problems from the real world using the symbolic language of
mathematics with appropriate technology.
3. Students will:
- use social science evidence and theories to become a participating
citizen in a democracy that exists within an increasingly complex global society.
- evaluate theories of human behavior and social institutions using methods of
inquiry of the social sciences, including quantitative and qualitative methods and
4. Students will:
- use scientific reasoning, laboratory methods, appropriate technology, and
mathematics to investigate scientific concepts.
- evaluate and apply scientific evidence and theories.
5. Students will:
- use critical analysis to respond thoughtfully to works of literature.
b) apply critical and creative methods of the arts and humanities.
Connecting Critical Thinking In The Disciplines To Life Beyond The Classroom
6. Students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential for communicating with,
working with, and making decisions with people of diverse backgrounds.
- articulate and rationally support personal, moral, and civic values and
a commitment to these values through personal, academic, career, and civic
- connect big ideas and methods of inquiry from different disciplines including
both historical and contemporary perspectives in ways that lead to effective
problem solving and support life-long learning.
Recommendation 2: A revised curricular structure for General
GENERAL EDUCATION TIER STRUCTURE
(minimum 51 semester hours)
Foundations (4 courses - 12 sh)
- UNIV 1**: First Seminar (or other GenEd course) 3 sh
- ENGL 110: English Composition 3 sh
- COMM 100: Fundamentals of Speech 3 sh
- WELL 175/352: Wellness: Concepts of Health & Fitness/Health Education in
Elem. Schools 3 sh
Introduction to Critical Thinking in the Disciplines (4 courses - min. 12
- Math with statistics or calculus component
- Laboratory science
- U.S. Civics-related Social Science
- Literature (from the Humanities)
Critical thinking in the Disciplines Electives (6 courses - min. 18 sh)
- 2 each in Humanities and Fine Arts, Science and Mathematics, Social
- Three courses at 200 level or above
Integration (3 courses - 9 sh)
- Perspectives course
- Gen Ed elective
- At least junior standing
- 300 level or higher
- Writing intensive capstone or Advanced Writing
Six courses (18 sh) from Required Related course work in student's major may be
counted toward any of the Gen Ed requirements above.
Other University requirements:
Writing courses: 4 required; may be in General Education, the major or
Diversity2 course: 1 required; may be in General
Education, the major or general electives.
Courses meeting any Gen Ed requirement will be approved according to existing
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