2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

General Education Requirements

Minot State University General Education

At Minot State University, our general education model incorporates learning across disciplines and learning throughout an entire college career. Therefore, our general education courses should be taken both inside and outside of a student’s major and should include both lower division courses and upper division courses. This way, essential skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication can be addressed from a variety of perspectives. This will help each graduating Minot State University student better adapt to the fluctuations of post-collegiate life in both their personal and professional opportunities.

The Minot State University General Education model has three components: Required Core, Foundational Content, and Developmental Content. The Required Core and Foundational Content require taking classes beyond a student’s major. These courses emphasize studies in core academic areas such as English, mathematics, the arts and humanities, the physical and natural world, and history and social sciences. The Developmental Content emphasizes outcomes and are divided into three categories.

  1. Critical Capacities and Skills (CCS) which requires a student to demonstrate the capacity to think critically, write, collaborate, communicate, solve problems, and to deploy skills related to information and quantitative literacy.
    • CCS1 Problem Solving
    • CCS2 Information Literacy
    • CCS3 Critical Reading
    • CCS4 Quantitative Literacy
    • CCS5 Oral/Written Communications
    • CCS6 Collaboration
  2. Personal and Social Responsibility (PSR) which requires a student to develop an understanding and commitment to individual well-being and to civic life and community needs.
    • PSR1 Relationships and Value Systems
    • PSR2 Responding to Community Needs
    • PSR3 Individual Well-Being
  3. Interconnecting Perspectives (IP) which requires a student to study, reflect, and apply the understanding of diverse global and domestic perspectives both in the classroom and in a global setting.
    • IP1 Knowledge
    • IP2 Experience

If a student transfers to MSU and is considered complete in his/her general education requirements under one of MSU’s agreements, the student will be considered to have met the requirements for the Required Core, Foundational Content, and Developmental Content

Students transferring to Minot State University who have earned 24 or more credits toward graduation, excluding credits earned through dual credit prior to graduating from high school and credits earned through examination, are not required to take UNIV 110 but need to complete any required courses not yet completed in all sections of Minot State University General Education requirements. FS - 9/17/15