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General Education Redesign Task Force



McNeese State University’s general education curriculum consists of coursework from 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 programs 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

Upon completion of the general education curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in written English (Area A-English Composition);
  2. Apply mathematical reasoning and analytical skills to solve problems (Area B-Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning);
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific concepts. (Area C-Natural Sciences);
  4. Demonstrate abstract reasoning and critical thinking (Area D-Humanities);
  5. Develop the ability to recognize fine and performing arts as expressions of human experience and to make informed judgments about them (Area E-Fine Arts);
  6. Learn independently by applying concepts from social and behavioral sciences to a variety of situations (Area F-Social/Behavioral Sciences).

For complete details and a list of courses visit 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 de-certifying courses as part of the General Education curriculum:

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

More information can be found in the Gen Ed Assessment Plan 2018-03-01.docx