General Education Prior to Fall 2012

General Education Curriculum Requirements for Students Entering CSE Before Fall 2012

The General Education Curriculum is a core component of the bachelor's degree that develops common capacities in all College of Saint Elizabeth graduates regardless of major. In this sense, it is the foundation of the undergraduate education offered by the College.

Through the study of the liberal arts and sciences, the General Education Curriculum will deepen students' understanding of themselves and the world, foster values clarification, expose students to various approaches to knowledge, and encourage students to integrate this knowledge.

The General Education Curriculum presents forms of expression, fields of knowledge, and methods of inquiry fundamental to intellectual growth and to a mature understanding of the world and the human condition. It is distinguished from education in the major which, while extending the purpose of the General Education Curriculum, deals with discipline-specific content and modes of inquiry in a highly focused and in-depth manner.

By successfully completing the General Education Curriculum, students will:

  • Acquire a foundation of broad-based knowledge of the major questions and methodologies in the disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences
  • Recognize and respect the importance of faith in God as a basis for a meaningful life
  • Attain clarity in values
  • Attain maturity in moral reasoning
  • Appreciate the role of ethics in a just society
  • Understand and respect persons of diverse backgrounds
  • Develop aesthetic appreciation
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle
  • Demonstrate competency in computation and quantitative reasoning
  • Develop research skills
  • Develop competency in oral communication skills
  • Develop competency in written communication skills
  • Develop competency in information literacy skills
  • Develop a proficiency in a second language

To achieve these aims, the General Education Curriculum has been constructed around five Cluster Areas:

  1. Literature/Fine Arts/Foreign Language
  2. Social and Behavioral Sciences
  3. Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science
  4. Philosophy, Theology and History
  5. Perspectives on an Interdependent World

Guidelines regarding the application of credits to the General Education Curriculum Requirements:

  • Single-major students typically may not double count courses for both their major and General Education Curriculum Requirements.

    Exceptions to the above rule include:

    • Students majoring in Philosophy, Theology or History do not need to take an additional course beyond their major requirements to fulfill the Cluster 4 Requirement in their major subject area.
    • English majors do not need to take an additional course beyond their major requirements to fulfill the Cluster 1 requirement in British, American or Foreign Literature.
    • When possible, related-requirement courses in a student's major may be used to meet General Education Curriculum Requirements.
    • When possible, double majors may count courses from both majors toward fulfillment of General Education Curriculum Requirements.