General Studies Course Application

The mission of the general studies program is to “provide a balanced education that supports the institution’s core themes: excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God.” (WWU Bulletin, 2013-2015, p56). The General Studies Committee seeks to promote this mission by evaluating courses for general studies designation based on the following criteria.
  1. General studies courses must contribute to the fulfillment of at least two general studies program objectives. Assessment of how well the course helps students meet these objectives should be included in the course design.
  2. General studies courses may well be the only formal college-level instruction a student takes in the offering discipline. They must therefore be broad in scope, presenting major intellectual or aesthetic ideas or methods from the discipline while not presuming additional course work and requiring few, if any, prerequisites.
  3. General studies courses exist in conjunction with other general studies offerings. They must therefore offer learning opportunities or content not already provided by other courses in the program.
  4. General studies courses must be offered frequently enough that they are real options for the majority of students. This criteria applies to permanent (not topics) courses for which a listing in the general studies section of the bulletin is being sought.
Please complete the following information to apply for a general studies designation for your course. The general studies committee will carefully review the course with the above criteria in mind. If any clarification is needed, the chair or dean of the sponsoring department or school will be contacted.
I. General Course Information
Name
Department
* Course Prefix/Number
* Course Title
* Number of Credits
* Course Description

* Please indicate the section of general studies course listing into which the course should be placed.
II. General Studies Objectives
Primary Objective:
In this section, please select one the General Studies objective that best aligns with the content of your course.(please choose only one)

Is this objective a learning objective on your syllabus?

Is this objective a meaningful component of your class? (How much time is dedicated to content that aligns with the GS objective)

Give examples of assignments or portions of assignments (e.g. lab assignments, essays, multiple choice questions from exams, mathematical problems) that speak directly to the GS objective?

Do these assignments ask for more than rote knowledge? Do they require application or synthesis of information relating to the GS objective?

If a subjective form of assessment is used (e.g. an essay or presentation) please provide a grading rubric.

Secondary Objective:
In this section please choose the General Studies objective that you would consider to be the second best match for the content of this course. (please choose one)

Is this objective a learning objective on your syllabus?

Is this objective a meaningful component of your class? (How much time is dedicated to content that aligns with the GS objective)

Give examples of assignments or portions of assignments (e.g. lab assignments, essays, multiple choice questions from exams, mathematical problems) that speak directly to the GS objective?

Do these assignments ask for more than rote knowledge? Do they require application or synthesis of information relating to the GS objective?

If a subjective form of assessment is used (e.g. an essay or presentation) please provide a grading rubric.

III. Additional Information
How does this course present major intellectual and/or aesthetic ideas or methods from its discipline?

What learning opportunity or content does this course offer that is not already part of the general studies program?

Course Syllabus
Please attach a copy of the course syllabus.
Rubric (if used for assesment)
Please solve this problem ( why? ): six plus three equals
  * Response required