Framework for General Education at Penn State University

ACTIVE LEARNING ELEMENTS

Three or more of the following are to be integrated into courses offered in the knowledge domains:

  • active use of writing, speaking and other forms of self-expression
  • opportunity for information gathering, synthesis and analysis in solving problems (including the use of library, electronic/computer and other resources and quantitative reasoning and interpretation, as applicable)
  • engagement in collaborative learning and teamwork
  • application of intercultural and international competence
  • dialogue pertaining to social behavior, community and scholarly conduct
  Bacc. Prog.

Assoc.
Prog.



FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
1cr. (min)**


SKILLS    

    Communication
    (Writing, Speaking)

9

3

    Quantification

6

3


INTERCULTURAL & INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE
3 cr.**


Total

15

6

KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS
(Distribution Requirement)
   

    Health Sciences

3

 

    Sciences

9

3

    Arts

6*

3


STUDY IN A FOREIGN/SECOND LANGUAGE
3 cr.***


    Humanities

6*

3

    Social & Behavioral Sciences

6*

3

Select from A/H/S

 

3

Total

30

15

* Baccalaureate degree candidates may develop a sequence of 9 credits in either the arts, humanities or social sciences by substituting 3 credits from one of the other two areas not in their major field of study.

** Students are advised that certain first-year seminars and courses developing intercultural and international competence may also be approved as meeting skill or domain knowledge (distribution) requirements of general education.

*** Baccalaureate degree candidates may substitute 3 credits of study in a foreign/second language at the third semester level for 3 credits in any of the other categories of general education. However, students may not combine the options identified by "*" and "***" to eliminate any area of domain knowledge entirely.

Additional Notes:

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[Report of the Special Committee on General Education, Introduction] [Report of the Special Committee on General Education] [Framework for General Education] [General Education Legislation] [Senate Discussion]

 

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