Program of General Education (Gen Ed)
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The General Education Requirements (referred to as Gen Ed) at Muskingum University ensure the breadth inherent in a liberal arts education. A liberal arts
education requires that we understand the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture, self, and society; that we master core skills of perception, analysis, and expression; that we recognize the importance of historical and cultural contexts; and that we explore connections among formal learning, citizenship, and service to our communities. Students will take most of their Gen Ed requirements in their freshman and sophomore years, along
with some courses in their major, or other elective courses.
- The General Education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (Gen Ed)
curriculum replaces the LAE (See below, or click here) beginning with the 2015-2016 Academic
- Students who started at Muskingum University prior to the Fall of 2015 may request
to come under the new requirements, or else request to switch to the
2015 Academic catalog in order to fall under the new Gen Ed
- For complete information about changing to the new Gen Ed, click here.
- NOTE: Because the Gen Ed curriculum is a dynamic entity that is continually reviewed and revised, the following may not be entirely up-to-date. An up-to-date version of the curriculum may be found by consulting the online version of the Muskingum
University Undergraduate Catalog which is
to be considered authoritative.
Forming the core of the General Education Program are courses in communication in writing and speech:
1. Communication in Writing
- ENGL 121. Composition (3 hours) (Exempted with SAT W-620/ACT E-28).
- Two writing unit courses, one at the 300- or 400-level.
- A “writing unit” uses writing as a substantial mode of learning and is identified in the Undergraduate Course schedule listings on MuskieLink and in the MAP Schedule by the symbol # preceding the course title.
2. Communication in Speech
- COMM 200. Fundamentals of Speech Communication.
The Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE)
Strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to analyze and think critically, are the cornerstones of a successful college and professional career and our Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE) will help you get off to a good start.
Through the LAE, students gain confidence as independent thinkers, expand their base of knowledge and broaden their understanding. If youre undecided about what to study, the LAE will also let you explore potential academic majors.
In the long run, the LAE courses help round out your education so that whatever field you eventually pursue, youll develop an understanding of other areas, and feel comfortable conversing and working with people in different disciplines.
NOTE: The following is an abbreviated version of the LAE requirements. For more detailed information, see the LAE Checklist (pdf).
LAE Core Requirements
- Two specified writing courses
Arts & Humanities of Western Culture
Religious Understanding & Moral Inquiry
One Mathematics Course
Concepts of Wellness
- Two physical education activity courses
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Two lab electives from two different departments: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics
The Global Society
- Communicating in the World
- A foreign language or computer science course, or participation in an approved international program
- One elective in Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
- International Perspectives
- One elective in Anthropology, Business, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology
||The Western Heritage
- One elective in History, Philosophy or Political Science
- One elective in English, French, German, Spanish or Religion
- One elective in Art, Music or Theatre
The American Experience
- One elective in English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology