Group Requirements, General Education

 

American Society and Institutions (AI) Group Requirement

Foreign Culture (FC) Group Requirement

Historical Studies (HS) Group Requirement

Humanities (VP, PL) Group Requirement

Life Sciences (LS) Group Requirement

Natural Science (PS, LS) Group Requirement

Philosophy and Letters (PL) Group Requirement

Physical Sciences (PS) Group Requirement

Social Science (SS) Group Requirement

Society and Institutions (AI, FC, HS, SS) Group Requirement

Visual and Performing Arts (VP) Group Requirement

 

For a complete description of all General Education courses see: General Education Courses.

 

The purpose of the Group Requirements is two-fold: to acquire a broad range of knowledge, and to develop methodological skills which encourage continued exploration on an independent level. As knowledge proliferates and the interrelatedness of separate disci­plines becomes increasingly evident, the traditional goal of mastering discrete or representative bodies of common, traditional material has become obsolete; even the aim of becoming familiar with all areas of knowledge has become an impossible objective. A commitment to intellectual diversity, though, must remain a central goal of any coher­ent undergraduate experience, and all college students must be exposed to a broad range of basic disciplines. Thus, courses specifi­cally designed to insure that students are adequately exposed to rep­resentative branches of knowledge are fundamental to any set of general education requirements, and course work in areas outside specialized fields is required of all undergraduates at Wayne State University. These courses provide the conceptual framework within which major and professional curricula are placed in proper perspec­tive and supply an appropriate foundation upon which continuing self-education can take place.

In addition to providing breadth of knowledge, however, the General Education Group Requirements aim to foster awareness and under­standing of how scholars and scientists in various disciplines acquire knowledge. Group requirements allow students to understand and apply the methods used in different disciplines to acquire knowledge so they will have the ability to continue to explore and learn inde­pendently throughout their university careers and throughout life.

Fundamental to any set of general education requirements at the uni­versity level are courses designed to ensure that all students have facility with certain branches of knowledge. The Group Requirements introduce students to knowledge and methods in a range of areas to provide the intellectual breadth necessary for completion of the major and for continuing self-education later in life.

To satisfy the Group Requirements, students will be introduced to materials drawn from the natural sciences: physical science, life sci­ence, and laboratory; the humanities: visual and performing arts, and philosophy and letters; and society and institutions: social science, American institutions, historical studies, and foreign culture. Courses which fulfill the Group Requirements carry a minimum of three credits and constitute broad introductions to individual academic disciplines. Such courses are designed for non-majors; however, some courses designed specifically for majors, or for those with substantial prior preparation, may also be acceptable. The following principles apply to the General Education Group Requirements:

1. Courses which satisfy the Group Requirements must be elected from lists of approved courses.

2. Students who place out of a course or courses which satisfy one or more of the Group Requirements will be considered to have fulfilled those portions of the Group Requirements represented by such courses.

3. For the purpose of satisfying these Group Requirements, students may generally elect no more than TWO courses from a single subject area as defined by the University system of Subject Area Codes (the letter prefixes to course numbers). However, majors in certain pro­grams may take more than two courses from a single subject area to satisfy Group Requirements. This exemption applies to courses coded AFS for African American Studies majors; courses coded LAS for Latino/a and Latin American Studies majors; and to the Subject Area Code of a departmental honors major as well as courses coded HON for University Honors co-majors. Courses for these programs may be found in the Departmental sections of this bulletin.

4. Where specified, a Group Requirement may be satisfied by approved course sequences.

5. Pass/No Pass Grading: Courses taken for P-N grades (Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit) may be used to satisfy Competency Requirements; however, no course taken on this basis may be used to fulfill specific Group Requirements. Courses used to fulfill Group Requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

All students must fulfill the following Group Requirements by satisfac­tory completion of designated courses in each area; or, by an appro­priate score on designated placement, national or departmental examinations.

Humanities (VP, PL) Group Requirement

Meaningful exposure to the humanistic disciplines produces more well-rounded and humane citizens, individuals capable of broadening their view of human experience. It also provides an indispensable creative perspective on the teachings of other disciplines. The Gen­eral Education Group Requirements in the humanities afford stu­dents an opportunity to examine a range of humanistic statements and to consider some of the ways in which they are meaningful. Ana­lyzing works drawn from across the humanities (arts, philosophy, and letters), considering the varied contexts to which they belong and within which they are properly understood, and evaluating a range of interpretations, leads to an appreciation of how imagination and intel­lect, working in tandem, provide insight into the nature of human experience.

To meet the humanities requirement objectives, all undergraduate students at Wayne State are required to complete successfully at least one course in the visual and performing arts, and one course in philosophy and letters as defined below (a minimum of three credits each).

Philosophy and Letters (PL) Group Requirement

Students must complete one course in philosophy, literature, linguis­tics, the history of rhetoric, or appropriate combinations of these sub­jects. The following approved options are designed to enhance understanding and pleasure; emphasis is placed on developing the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation, and applying them to primary philosophical and literary materials.

PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS OPTIONS:

CLA 1010, 2200, 2300; COM 2160; ENG 2200, 2430, 2510, 2500, 2720, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3470; FRE 2700 2991; GER 2310, 2700, 2991; GSW 2500; HEB 3240; HON 2100, 4200; ITA 2700; LIN 2720; N E 3240; PHI 1010, 1020, 1030, 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130, 1200, 2100, 2110, 2320, 2400, 2550, 3500, 3550, 3700; P S 3510, 3520; RUS 2700, 3600, 3650; SLA 2310; SPA 2700. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.)

Visual and Performing Arts (VP) Group Requirement

Students must complete one course in the appreciation or history of art, music, film, dance, theatre, or appropriate combinations of these media. The following approved options are designed to enhance understanding and pleasure; emphasis is placed on developing the fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation and applying them to primary materials in the visual and performing arts.

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS OPTIONS:

A H 1110, 1120, 1130, 4240; AED 5050; COM 2010, 2020; DNC 2000, 2310; ENG 2440, 2450; HON 4240; MUH 1340, 1345, 1350, 1351, 1370; N E 2060; POL 3750; SLA 3710, 3750; THR 1010, 1030, 1041. (Schools and colleges may also have specific require­ments, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the Col­lege/School listing for specific requirements.)

Natural Science (PS, LS) Group Requirement

The evolution of science in the last four centuries has profoundly influenced the development of thought throughout the world. The nat­ural sciences, both directly and through their applications in technol­ogy, present society with problems as well as opportunities. By transforming cultural values and beliefs, the sciences have altered behavior and created new pathways to the future. Thus, university graduates should understand the nature and applications of scientific knowledge, the processes by means of which it is generated and tested, and its limitations and capabilities. They should be familiar with phenomena of the natural world and comprehend how theoreti­cal explanations are provisionally accepted by the scientific commu­nity.

All students are required to complete successfully at least two courses (a minimum of three credits each) in the natural sciences (one in the physical sciences and one in the life sciences). To permit the individual student to experience the role of systematic observa­tion in the promulgation of scientific knowledge, a minimum one-credit laboratory or interactive demonstrations or simulations must be associated with at least one of these courses.

Life Sciences (LS) Group Requirement

Students must elect one course from the fields of biology, behavioral psychology, physical anthropology, nutrition and food science, or combinations of no more than two of these areas. The following approved options are designed to explain the mechanisms which govern the behavior and functioning of living organisms; emphasis is placed on factors which control these mechanisms and the nature of scientific inquiry.

Courses noted with an asterisk (*) can satisfy the laboratory require­ment when elected for appropriate credits and/or with the appropriate laboratory.

LIFE SCIENCE OPTIONS:

ANT 2110; BIO 1030, 1050*, 1510*, 2200*; HON 4220; NFS 2030*; PSY 1010*, 1020. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.)

Physical Sciences (PS) Group Requirement

Students must elect one course from the fields of astronomy, chemis­try, geology, or physics, or combinations of no more than two of these areas. The following approved options are designed to explain physi­cal laws and their effects on the natural world; emphasis is placed on mathematical predictability and the nature of scientific inquiry.

Courses noted with an asterisk (*) can satisfy the laboratory require­ment when elected for appropriate credits and/or with the appropriate laboratory.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE OPTIONS:

AST 2010; CHM 1000*, 1020*, 1220*, 1225*, 1410*; GEL 1010*; HON 4230; PHY 1020*, 1040, 1070*, 1420*, 2130*, 2170*, 2175, 3100*. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.).

Society and Institutions (AI, FC, HS, SS) Group Requirement

Understanding human society and institutions is a basic element of general education. To this end, students must develop a historical perspective, an appreciation for world cultures, and learn how the methods of social science are used to develop theoretical under­standing of human society and institutions. Studying the social sci­ences assures that students are introduced to several bodies of knowledge which shed light on contemporary social problems and develop understanding of methods appropriate to social science investigation (research). The findings of social scientists address such relevant issues as race relations, family structure, the organiza­tion of social institutions, politics, economic policy, and international relations. The courses which satisfy the requirements in social sci­ence introduce the methodology of modern, empirical social science.

To meet the Society and Institutions Requirement, all undergraduate students at Wayne State are required to complete successfully at least one course in historical studies, one course in American society and institutions, one course in basic social science, and one course in foreign culture as defined below (a minimum of three credits each).

American Society and Institutions (AI) Group Requirement

Students must elect one course in this area. The following approved options are designed to promote civic literacy by studying American society from the perspective of pluralism; emphasis is placed on the organization of political bodies and the manner in which they func­tion.

AMERICAN SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS OPTIONS:

HIS 1050; P S 1010, 1030.

Foreign Culture (FC) Group Requirement

A significant measure of a college education is the degree to which individual cultural assumptions can be placed in the context of a wider and more diversified world view. Such understanding leads to greater appreciation for the life style and artifacts of different peoples and a tolerance for opinions originating from disparate traditions by helping minimize narrow certainties and dispel provincial attitudes.

To meet these objectives, all undergraduate students at Wayne State are required to complete successfully at least one course (a mini­mum of three credits) in foreign culture elected from the following list of approved options:

FOREIGN CULTURE OPTIONS:

AFS 3250, 3610; ANT 3150, 3520, 3540, 3550; ARB 2010; ARM 3410; ASN 2150; CHI 2010; DNC 2400; ENG 2670, 2730; FRE 2010, 2710, 2720; GER 2010, 2710, 2720, 3410; GPH 2700; GKA 2010; GKM 2010, 3710; HEB 2010; HIS 2440, 2700; HON 4260; ITA 2010, 2710, 2720; JPN 2010, 4550, 4560; LAS 2410, 2420; LAT 2010; LIN 2730; N E 2000, 3225, 3550; NUR 4800; PHI 2150; POL 2010, 2710, 3410; P S 2700; RUS 2010, 2710, 3410; SLA 3410; SPA 2010; SWA 2010; UKR 2010, 3410. This includes completion of any foreign language sequence through courses numbered 2010 or 2110. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.)

Historical Studies (HS) Group Requirement

Historical studies provide insight into the development of human institutions, their similarities and differences, and the means by which knowledge about the past is acquired. Such studies reveal how con­temporary perspectives evolve from past events and enhance our understanding of the present.

To meet the historical studies requirement objectives, all undergradu­ate students at Wayne State are required to complete successfully at least one course (a minimum of three credits) in historical studies. The following approved options do not offer a comprehensive over­view of history; rather, they are designed to introduce significant his­torical periods or themes in which comparative perspectives are emphasized and methods of historical studies explained.

HISTORICAL STUDIES OPTIONS:

ANT 3200; ASN 1710; CLA 3720, 3590, 5720; HIS 1000, 1300, 1400, 1600, 1610, 1710, 1800, 1810, 1900, 1910, 1995, 2605; GKM 3590, 3720, 5720; GSW 2600; HON 4250; LAS 1900, 1910; N E 2030, 2040. (Schools and colleges may also have specific require­ments, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the Col­lege/School listing for specific requirements.

Social Science (SS) Group Requirement

Students must elect one course in basic social science. The following approved options provide an overview of social structures and illus­trate the role of human beings in different institutional arrangements; emphasis is placed on the approaches and methods of modern social science: the significance of theories, models, data collection, analysis, and inference.

SOCIAL SCIENCE OPTIONS:

AFS 2210; ANT 2100; ECO 1000, 2010, 2020; GPH 1100, 2000, 3130, 3200; GSW 2700; HIS 2000; HON 1000; LAS 3610 P S 1000, 2000, 2240; SOC 2000, 2020, 2500, 3300, 3510, 4100; U S 2000. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Edu­cation and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.)