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1 The General Education Program at Westmont Its goals and vision

2 The Graduation Requirements Complete at least 124 units with at least a 2.0 GPA. Complete the general education requirements Complete a major with –a–at least 2.0 average in the upper-division major courses –a–at least one half of the upper division major requirements taken at Westmont Complete 68 units outside the major department Meet the senior residence requirement

3 The Purpose of the GE Provide –Support for the major area of study –Tools to relate specialized knowledge to other areas of learning, to life, and to the world Foster –Intellectual vitality –Christian character –Commitment to service

4 The Components of General Education at Westmont Common Contexts Common Inquiries Commons Skills Competent and Compassionate Action

5 Common Contexts – Purpose Provide contextual background, concepts, vocabulary to support exploration in other areas Ground our pursuit of knowledge in the context of Gods revelation Orient students to the idea of a Christian Liberal Arts education

6 Common Contexts – Content Biblical and Theological Canons –Life and Literature of the New Testament –Introduction to Christian Doctrine –Life and Literature of the Old Testament Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts –Philosophical Reflections on Truth and Value –World Civilizations in Christian Perspective

7 Common Contexts Special Considerations Common Contexts courses must be taken at Westmont These courses should be taken early – if possible, by the end of the second year.

8 The Components of General Education at Westmont Common Contexts Common Inquiries Commons Skills Competent and Compassionate Action

9 Common Inquiries – Purpose Provide an introduction to a range of methodological approaches to knowledge and ways of thinking Provide a broad context within which to place the major discipline

10 Common Inquiries – Content Reading Imaginative Literature Exploring the Physical Sciences Exploring the Life Sciences Performing and Interpreting the Arts Reasoning Abstractly Thinking Globally Thinking Historically Understanding Society

11 Common Inquiries Special Considerations These are method, not departmentally, based You are encouraged to develop and submit courses from your discipline that address one of these categories One time only, a student can use one course to satisfy two area requirements

12 The Components of General Education at Westmont Common Contexts Common Inquiries Commons Skills Competent and Compassionate Action

13 Common Skills – Purpose Improve communication skills to support academic, professional and personal life Enhance the capacity to work with numerical data and analytic models Develop physical skills and habits of fitness to support a healthy and active life

14 Common Skills – Content Three writing or speech intensive courses –Writing for the Liberal Arts –writing/speech-intensive course in the major –writing/speech-intensive course outside the major Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning Modern/Foreign Language Physical Education (4)

15 Common Skills Special Considerations The first two parts (A and B) are not assigned units – they should be done in the context of other GE or major courses

16 Common Skills Writing for the Liberal Arts This course should be taken this during your first year ENG 002: Composition is typically required With a qualifying test score (ACT, SAT WR II, TSWE) a student may take an alternate writing-intensive course

17 Common Skills Writing/Speech-Intensive Courses Take these in the context of another GE or major course Writing/Speech-Intensive courses in the major are typically offered as upper division courses

18 Common Skills Modern/Foreign Language Students must take a language course at their current level of expertise Student placing into the fourth semester of a language or with an AP score of 4 or 5 are not required to take an additional language course. However, they are encouraged to do so.

19 Common Skills Physical Education All students must take Fitness for Life (not necessarily first) and three additional activity courses Since these courses are designed to establish a habit of life-long physical activity, only one PE Activity course per term will count toward the total unit count or the GE requirement Athletes can use their sport one time

20 The Components of General Education at Westmont Common Contexts Common Inquiries Commons Skills Competent and Compassionate Action

21 Competent and Compassionate Action – Purpose Provide an opportunity to integrate the entire educational experience Put learning into practice Initiate the practice of life-long, reflective service

22 Competent and Compassionate Action – Contents One of –Productions and Presentations –Integrating the Major Discipline One of –Serving Society; Enacting Justice –Communicating Cross-Culturally

23 Competent and Compassionate Action – Details These experiences are intended to be culminations of a students studies – they should be done in the junior or senior year These must be done with the academic oversight, but need not be connected with a particular course It is preferable, but not required, to satisfy these requirements in the context of the major

24 The Flow of a Westmont Education Common Contexts Common Skills Major Competent & Compassionate Action Common Inquiries

25 A Bit of Historical Context The GE is currently referred to as the New GE This years incoming class is the first group that will graduate under the new GE curriculum This program is the result of five years of work – three years of development and two years of review for implementation

26 More Historical Context We are still in the process of developing and approving courses Few courses in the area of Competent and Compassionate Action have been approved yet This year will focus on developing courses for the Serving Society; Enacting Justice area

27 A Bit of Political Context The new GE structure represents several significant shifts 1.Courses are oriented toward objectives and goals rather than being resources distributed to departments 2.The GE Committee reviews and approves courses for GE credit 3.Course syllabi are expected to explicitly address issues relevant to the GE area for which they are approved. 4.The GE areas and their courses will be reviewed on a rotating basis

28 A Call For Participation Eventually, you will be involved in advising students in the new GE – Talk it up! You are invited to develop and submit courses in any of the areas

29 The Course Submission Process 1.Review the specifications for the GE area 2.Consult as needed with experts in the area 3.Create/modify your syllabus in light of On the Role of the Syllabus 4.Complete the course submission form 5.Submit the proposal to the GE Committee via the Provosts Office

30 Important Resources (Accessible through the curriculum link on the Provosts web page or 1.The GE Document 2.The Supplemental Document 3.What Makes an Appropriate GE Course? 4.On the Role of the Syllabus 5.Syllabus Template 6.Course Submission Form 7.Lists of approved GE courses 8.This slide show

31 Questions? Common Contexts Common Skills Major Competent & Compassionate Action Common Inquiries


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