Faculty Advisement Handbook


General Education Requirements and Policies

| General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirements consist of a broad range of courses designed to introduce students to a liberal arts curriculum. Some of the courses a student takes to meet General Education will count towards meeting major requirements as well. The requirements must be met by all students but the number of credits and specific course requirements will vary depending on whether students are currently enrolled, new transfer students, or new freshmen. Honors College students meet General Education by completing the Honors College requirements. Transfer students who do not have an AA, AS, BA, or BS degree must meet all Learning Goals.

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Requirements
For students who enter the University as Freshmen starting Fall 2011 and for transfer students starting Fall 2012 the requirements are:
(academics.adelphi.edu/your-first-year/pdfs/ws-general-education.pdf)

Freshman Seminar (3 credits)
A course designed by each instructor around the overall theme of  Self and Society.  In addition to readings and assignments by each instructor there will be readings that students in all the seminars will have in common. The common reading will begin in the summer prior to the start of the semester.

Freshman Orientation Experience (FOrE) (1 credit)
FOrE is designed to help the student adjust academically to the demands of college.  This course is linked to the Freshman Seminar and assignments are tied, in part, to what is happening in the Seminar.

English 107
This introductory course in academic writing focuses on writing as a deliberative process. Students will learn to read critically, think analytically, imagine an audience, draft an argument using appropriate language and structure, and edit for clarity and correctness.

Distribution Requirements

Two classes in Arts
Two classes in Humanities
Two classes in Social Sciences
One class in Formal Science
One class in Natural Science

Learning Goal Requirements

Two courses in Global Awareness/Civic Engagement (G)
Two courses in Communication or one course that meets both CW and CO:
            One course in Written Communication (CW)
            One course in either Oral Communication (CO) or Written Communication (CW)
Two courses in Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
One course in Information Literacy (L)

Certain classes can meet two Learning Goals as well as a distribution requirement.

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Requirements
For students who entered the University as Freshmen before Fall 2011 and for transfer students before Fall 2012 the requirements are:
(academics.adelphi.edu/asr/pdf/general_ed_req.pdf)

Freshman Seminar (3 credits)
A course designed by each instructor around the overall theme of  Self and Society.  In addition to readings and assignments by each instructor there will be readings that students in all the seminars will have in common. The common reading will begin in the summer prior to the start of the semester.

Freshman Orientation Experience (FOrE) (1 credit)
FOrE is designed to help the student adjust academically to the demands of college.  This course is linked to the Freshman Seminar and assignments are tied, in part, to what is happening in the Seminar.

Competencies (two 3 credit classes)
The first competency is the Art & Craft of Writing (Eng. 107).  All students must take this class or an equivalent.  The second competency can be taken among any of the following classes (new ones might be added to the list): English 109, Introduction to Creative Writing;  Philosophy 105, Critical Thinking; Speech 110, Oral Communications in the Professional World; Speech 112, Public Speaking; Foreign Language 121, (Level III) or higher; Math 113, Statistics; Math 114, Statistics for the Natural Sciences; and Computer Sciences 170, Introduction to Computers.

The Second Competency may be taken Pass/Fail.  There are no exemptions from this requirement because of proficiency or life experience. Students in General Studies, the Honors College, Levermore Global Scholars and the Learning Resource Program meet the first and second competencies by fulfilling the requirements of those programs. 

Distribution Requirements
Eight courses for a total of 24 credits, in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Math/Science, with six credits in each area.

Departments are included within the areas as indicated here:

Arts
Art/Art History
Communications
Dance
Music
Theater
Certain classes in African, Black and Caribbean Studies

Social Science
Anthropology
Economics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Certain classes in African, Black andCaribbean Studies

Humanities
English
Foreign Languages
History
Philosophy
Certain classes in African, Black and Caribbean Studies

Science and Math
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Mathematics
Physics
Certain classes in Environmental Studies

The same course may be used for either a competency requirement or a distribution requirement in some cases, e.g., a Statistics course. However, no student may receive credit for fulfilling both a competency and a distribution requirement with the same course.

Courses in Interdisciplinary Areas (e.g., Environmental Studies) will be allocated to a Distribution category by the Dean in consultation with the Director of the program and the General Education Committee.

All courses that meet major or minor requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Economics, can be used to meet distribution requirements. 

All Liberal Arts courses required by a professional school for that degree would also be counted towards Distribution Requirements. For example Biology 203 & 204 which are required for Nursing can be used towards the GE requirement in Science and Math.
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