General Education Redesign Task Force



McNeese State University’s general education curriculum provides a foundation in communication, personal and professional development, and problem solving through coursework in six, broad disciplinary areas: English Composition, Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. The mission of this core curriculum is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge, skills, and methods of inquiry that support advanced study in their chosen degree program and constitute the characteristics of an informed, college-educated citizen.

Institutional Mission Reference

The broad, skills-based curriculum supports the University’s mission to offer an array of programs with foundations in these disciplinary areas that serve the students and community of the Southwest Louisiana region and beyond.

Learning Competencies

  • Communication: Students will effectively use written, oral, and visual modes of communication. (Communication Rubric)
  • Personal and Professional Development: Students will cultivate personal and professional development, laying the foundations for life-long learning. (Personal and Professional Development Rubric)
  • Problem Solving: Students will apply diverse methods to answer questions and explore solutions to problems. (Problem Solving Rubric)

For complete details and a list of courses, visit the General Education Core Curriculum page of the Academic Catalog.

General Education Assessment Council (GEAC)

The General Education Assessment Council leads the institution’s general education core curriculum planning and outcomes assessment efforts. The Council is responsible for regularly reviewing the general education curriculum, recommending additions or deletions from the curriculum, ensuring adequate coverage of outcomes assessment, and developing and monitoring policies related to the program. Members of the Council include the SACSCOC liaison and representatives from each general education discipline and the faculty senate.

The Council adheres to the following guidelines for certifying and decertifying courses as part of the General Education curriculum:

  • All courses must be at the 200-level or below.
  • Courses should be a broad, general introduction to concepts, methods, and skills associated with the disciplinary area.
  • Courses should be offered frequently.
  • Average annual enrollment in courses should be high enough to justify continued offerings.
  • Course should not be included based solely for support of one program.