GENERAL EDUCATION

General Education Mission

In support of the University’s mission, the Nicholls General Education Program is a common integrative learning experience that promotes intellectual curiosity in all undergraduates, regardless of their major or program of study. Nicholls is committed to providing a lasting foundation for critical and innovative thinking, effective communication, information and technology literacy, ethical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning to all students. Through the development of these competencies within foundational courses in fine arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences, our students acquire a broad education to support the achievement of their life goals.

General Education Courses for 2020-21 Catalog

What is General Education?

The phrase “General Education” refers to the educational foundation of skills, knowledge, habits of mind, and values that prepares students for success in their majors and in their personal and professional lives after graduation. This educational foundation is developed primarily through a set of general education course requirements that all students, regardless of their major, must meet.

Can I get a General Education degree?

No and Yes! General Education is what we call a set of courses that all students take for every major, so it is not a degree of its own. But, you can get an Associate of General Studies or Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

What courses do students take as part of the General Education program?

Students choose from a wide variety of courses across many disciplines. See the full list below on this website. Bachelor degree students will complete the 39 hour general education program by taking breadth of knowledge classes including:

  • 6 hours of English Composition
  • 6 hours of Mathematics
  • 3 hours of Fine Arts
  • 9 hours of Humanities
  • 9 hours of Natural Sciences
  • 6 hours of Social/Behavioral Science

What is different starting in Fall 2020?

The new program is centered around 5 Core Competencies: Communication, Critical & Innovative Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Information & Technology Literacy, and Quantitative Reasoning. Students will encounter and practice these competencies in all of their general education courses across the disciplines.

The goal of general education at Nicholls is to create intellectually curious, productive citizens who can contribute to the culture, society, and economy of the Bayou Region regardless of their major or future career. To achieve that goal, the general education program combines exposure to an array of worldviews through breadth of knowledge courses with integrated practice of Core Competencies.

Integrating the Core Competencies across the disciplines allows students to apply what they know in different contexts, building skill and flexibility. Developing Core Competencies also prepares students to meet the needs of employers in the modern economy, making general education immediately relevant and practical.

General Education CourseS

Nicholls requires additional writing intensive, oral communication, and computer literacy courses. Please see University Education Requirements in the catalog for more information.

3 Hours of English Composition I: ENGL 100, 101, or 111

3 Hours of English Composition II: ENGL 102 or 112

6 hours in Mathematics, Statistics, or Symbolic Logic

MATH 100/101. College Algebra.
MATH 102. Trigonometry.
MATH 106. Calculus with Business and Economic Applications.
MATH 108. Pre-Calculus.
MATH 113. Honors Pre-Calculus.
MATH 114. Honors Trigonometry.
MATH 115. Essentials of College Math.
MATH 116. Contemporary Mathematics and Quantitative Analysis with Pre-Algebra.
MATH 117. Contemporary Mathematics and Quantitative Analysis.
MATH 118. Contemporary Mathematics and Quantitative Analysis II
MATH 214. Introductory Statistics.

3 hours in Music, Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Theatre, Dance, or Interdisciplinary

ART 110. Art Appreciation.
ART 111. Honors Art Appreciation.
ART 162. Travel Abroad Photography.
ART 180. Major Art Monuments and Collections.
ART 280. Art History: Ancient Art.
ART 281. Art History: Non-Western Art.
ART 282. Art History: Italian Renaissance Art.
ART 383. Art History: Modern Art.
ART 384. History of Photography.
ART 386. History of American Art.
EDUC 339. Elementary Methods in Art, Music, and Physical Education.
ENGL 240. Introduction to Film.
ENGL 340. Film Genres.
ENGL 341. Major Filmmakers.
FNAR 105. Arts in Education.
FNAR 301. Fine Arts Survey I.
FNAR 302. Fine Arts Survey II.
FNAR 303. Topics in Fine Arts.
MUS 105. General Music Appreciation.
MUS 107. Honors Music Appreciation
MUS 319. Jazz History.
MUS 320. History of Rock and Roll.
MUS 321. History of Opera and Broadway.
MUS 324. History of Sacred Music.
MUS 326. History of Hip Hop.
MUS 340. Music History: c. 400 to 1750.
MUS 341. Music History: 1750 to present.
MUS 407. World Music.

Fine Arts Skills Courses

A student may not take only skills courses to complete the combined Fine Arts and Humanities requirements. One Fine Arts OR Humanities course must NOT be a Skills course.

ART 201. Beginning Drawing.
ART 211. Beginning Painting.
ART 221. Beginning Printmaking.
ART 231. Beginning Ceramics.
ART 240. Sculptural and Three- Dimensional Design.
ART 261. Beginning Photography.
MUS 101. Basic Piano.
MUS 104. Basic Voice.
MUS 123. Basic Guitar.
MUS 193. Concert Choir.
SPCH 210. Acting.

9 hours (3 hrs for Assoc.) in Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Classical Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Interdisciplinary. 

For Bachelor’s Degrees, 9 hours shall be earned from any of the Humanities courses listed with no more than 6 hours from a single discipline (e.g., ART, ENGL, HIST, etc.).

ART 110. Art Appreciation.
ART 111. Honors Art Appreciation.
ART 162. Travel Abroad Photography.
ART 180. Major Art Monuments and Collections.
ART 280. Art History: Ancient Art.
ART 281. Art History: Non-Western Art.
ART 282. Art History: Italian Renaissance Art.
ART 383. Art History Survey IV.
ART 384. History of Photography.
ART 386. History of American Art.
ART 392. Readings in Art History.
ART 393. Honors Readings in Art History.
CULA 101. Culinary History and Development.
ENGL 211. Honors Studies in Literature and Culture.
ENGL 212. Children’s Literature.
ENGL 213. Young Adult Literature.
ENGL 215. Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature.
ENGL 216. Appreciation of Literary Genres.
ENGL 217. Survey of Literary and Media Studies.
ENGL 240. Introduction to Film.
ENGL 313. World Literature I.
ENGL 314. World Literature II.
ENGL 315. Survey of British Literature I.
ENGL 316. Survey of British Literature II.
ENGL 321. Survey of American Lit I.
ENGL 322. Survey of American Lit II.
ENGL 323. Survey of African-American Literature.
ENGL 324. Survey of Women in Literature.
ENGL 326. Introduction to Folklore.
ENGL 330. Introduction to Poetry.
ENGL 331. Introduction to the Novel.
ENGL 332. Drama.
ENGL 333. Introduction to Non-fiction Prose.
ENGL 358. Introduction to the Short Story.
FREN 309. Children’s Literature.
FREN 310. Francophone Culture and Civilization.
FREN 315. Survey of French Literature.
FREN 316. Survey of French Literature.
FREN 324. Advanced French Language Skills Through Immersion.
FREN 330. Advanced French Conversation.
FREN 350: Introduction to Commercial French.
GOVT 355. Political Theory.
HIST 101. History of Western Civilization.
HIST 102. History of Western Civilization.
HIST 105. Honors Western Civilization.
HIST 106. Honors Western Civilization.
HIST 150. World History.
HIST 151. World History.
HIST 160. Honors World History I.
HIST 161. Honors World History II.
HIST 255. American History.
HIST 256. American History.
HUMA 111. The Honors Forum.
HUMA 204. International Humanities.
HUMA 260. European Humanities.
HUMA 303. French and Francophone Literature in Translation.
HUMA 350. Classical Mythology.
HUMA 351. The Culture of Greece and Rome.
MACO 101. Survey of Mass Communication.
MACO 355. History and Principles of Mass Communication.
MUS 105. General Music Appreciation.
MUS 107. Honors Music Appreciation.
MUS 240. Survey of Music Literature.
MUS 319. Jazz History.
MUS 320. History of Rock and Roll.
MUS 340. Music History: c. 400 to 1750.
MUS 341. Music History: 1750 to present.
MUS 407. World Music.
PHIL 203. General Introduction to Philosophy.
SPAN 351. Introduction to Spanish Literature.
SPAN 355. Introduction to Spanish- American Literature.
SPCH 201. Interpersonal Communication.
SPCH 300. Theater Appreciation.
SPCH 302. Persuasive Communication.

Humanities Skills Courses

A student may not take only skills courses to complete the combined Fine Arts and Humanities requirements. One Fine Arts OR Humanities course must NOT be a Skills course.

FREN 101. Elementary French I.
FREN 102. Elementary French II.
HUMA 221. Introductory Mandarin Chinese.
SPAN 101. Elementary Spanish I.
SPAN 102. Elementary Spanish II.

9 hours (6 hrs for Assoc.) in Life Science (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology) and Physical Science (e.g., Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Astronomy/Meteorology).

For Bachelor’s Degrees, 6 hours shall be earned in a single life or physical science discipline, and 3 hours shall be earned in the natural science area (life or physical) other than that selected to fulfill the six-hour requirement, as specified by the major/minor/concentration/certification. Both life and physical science must be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Life Science

BIOL 105. Basic Biology I – Principles of Biology.
BIOL 106. Basic Biology II – The Diversity of Life.
BIOL 114. Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
BIOL 116. Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
BIOL 124. Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
BIOL 126. Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology II.
BIOL 155. General Biology I.
BIOL 156. General Biology II.
BIOL 206. Tropical Biology I: Pacific slope.
BIOL 207. Tropical Biology II: Caribbean slope.
BIOL 215. Pirogue Biology.

Physical Science

ASTR 101. Astronomy of the Solar System.
ASTR 102. Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies.
CHEM 101. General Chemistry I.
CHEM 102. General Chemistry II.
CHEM 105. Introductory Chemistry I.
CHEM 106. Introductory Chemistry II.
CHEM 109. General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for Nursing.
CHEM 208. Organic and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences.
GEOL 101. Physical Geology.
GEOL 102. Historical Geology.
GEOL 152. Dinosaur Geology.
GEOL 203. Petroleum Geology.
GEOL 300. Oceanography.
GEOL 370. Environmental Geology.
PHSC 101. Introductory Physical Science I.
PHSC 102. Introductory Physical Science II.
PHSC 103. Introductory Physical Science III.
PHYS 101. Basic Physics.
PHYS 102. Basic Physics.
PHYS 151. Physics for Allied Health.
PHYS 201. General Physics.
PHYS 202. General Physics.

6 hours (3 hrs for A.S.) in Social Science (e.g., Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary, Political Science) and Behavioral Science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology).

ECON 211. Principles of Microeconomics.
ECON 212. Principles of Macroeconomics.
ECON 255. Survey of Economic Principles.
ECON 322. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
GEOG 103. Physical Geography.
GEOG 104. World Regional Geography.
GOVT 101. American National Government.
GOVT 250. Contemporary Political Ideologies.
GOVT 252. State and Local Government.
GOVT 351. American Political Thought.
GOVT 355. Political Theory.
GOVT 391. International Relations and Politics.
GOVT 399. Civil Liberties.
SOCI 151. Introductory Sociology.
SOCI 155. Honors Introductory Sociology.
SOCI 201. Social Problems.
SOCI 204. Cultural Diversity in American Society.
SOCI 205. Social Research I.
SOCI 300. Social Service Institutions.
PSYC 101. General Psychology.
PSYC 206. Child Psychology.
PSYC 210. Adolescent and Adult Development.
PSYC 212. Life Span Developmental Psychology.
PSYC 311. Educational Psychology.

For Faculty

The Nicholls General Education Master Plan for 2020-2025 describes the goals and outcomes of the program.

Coming in AY2020-21…

General Education courses are assessed on a 3-year cycle using the core competencies rubrics.

Assessment Plan 

Learning Objectives and Rubrics

This preliminary General Education Course List (2021-22 catalog) is for planning purposes only. This course list was approved by the General Education Committee as of April 2020. Not all of the courses have had final approval by Academic Affairs.

2021-22 Preliminary Gen Ed Course List

General Education courses are reviewed on a 5-year cycle. New courses may also be proposed to the General Education Committee using the Criteria Worksheet and Course Review Form. Please contact the Gen Ed Program Coordinator for more information.

 

General Education courses should indicate which Core Competencies are covered in the course on the syllabus.

Syllabus Template

Ideas and tips for teaching and assessing the Core Competencies.

Communication

Information & Technology Literacy

Critical & Innovative Thinking or Info & Tech Literacy

Bring your questions and suggestions to your Department Assessment Contact or General Education Committee Representative.

Assessment and GECo Contacts

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Heather Gamel
heather.gamel@nicholls.edu
985-448-4380

Assessment Coordinator

TBA