General education at Columbia College is an essential part of every studentˇs program of study. General education explores and promotes understanding of the interrelationship among the liberal arts and sciences including the arts, history, humanities, mathematics, and the natural, social and behavioral, and computer sciences. General education provides a foundation for the student to pursue lifelong learning and involved citizenship in the human community.
These studies broaden and deepen understanding of the world through free and critical inquiry. A general education encourages creativity and the discovery, acquisition, and application of knowledge in the pursuit of excellence.
The study of the arts examines the ways in which individuals have expressed themselves creatively. Critical appreciation for content and form enriches how one perceives and articulates experience.
The study of history provides knowledge about the past and enriches cultural understanding. Understanding people, places and events through time informs a sense of continuity and change.
Through the humanities, students develop rigorous thinking about, understanding of and appreciation for significant forms of human communication and expression. English, foreign language, communication, music, philosophy, and religious studies expands studentsˇ awareness of the world around them, past and present. The humanities offer students a basis for understanding the human condition and human experience of values, beliefs and intellectual endeavors.
The study of mathematics develops facility for critical thought, introduces a universal language that is the foundation for multiple disciplines and encourages clarity and succinctness of expression.
Natural sciences link experiment and observation with the practices of mathematics for the interpretation of natural phenomena. Through general introductions and laboratory experiences in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and physics, the achievements of these disciplines foster an awareness and understanding of the world and universe in which the individual lives.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
The study of the social and behavioral sciences includes the fields of economics, geography, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. These disciplines present contemporary methodological and conceptual models for assessing, constructing, maintaining and altering individual and social processes.
The study of computer science exposes students to technology that is increasingly part of the human experience. The interconnectedness of the world necessitates informed consideration of computer use and an understanding of its capabilities and limitations.
At Columbia College teaching and learning come together to create diverse educational experiences, opportunities for responsible reflection, intellectual growth, intensive writing, critical thinking and cultural awareness. Taken together these attributes help define a Columbia College student.
Basic studies courses serve the student by supplying critical-thinking skills, knowledge and techniques that enhance and enrich subsequent coursework. They provide necessary preparation for success in whatever area of study the student chooses. Students must:
Introductory studies provide the student a varied and rich learning experience that is the essence of a liberal arts and sciences education. These courses provide a foundation for advanced studies regardless of major. Students who begin their studies at Columbia College or who transfer to Columbia College with 36 or fewer hours from other institutions will complete the preferred program of study. Students who transfer to Columbia College with more than 36 hours at the time of initial transfer may elect to pursue either the preferred program of study or the optional program of study. Students who complete the preferred program will have that accomplishment noted on their transcripts, ŔIn partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, this student completed a classical program of general education study.”
Classical Program of Study
Students must select two courses, with a minimum of six hours, from each of the following areas.
Optional Program of Study for Qualifying Transfer Students
Qualifying students are those who transfer more than 36 hours when they first enroll at Columbia College.
Ethics Course Requirement
All students may take PHIL 330 Ethics to satisfy the ethics course general education requirement. The courses listed below are additional courses that satisfy requirement for specialized majors.
General Education Courses By Discipline
Following is the list of courses that meet associate and baccalaureate degree general
education requirements, by discipline. Some courses have prerequisites.
English Composition Requirement
Students must fulfill requirements for ENGL 111 and ENGL 112 by the time they have completed 60 semester hours of course work with Columbia College. Full-time day students must enroll in the appropriate English course (ENGL 107, 111, or 112) each semester until they have completed the requirement with grades of C or better. Withdrawal of full-time students from any English composition course may be initiated only by the instructor. (Note: Withdrawal policy does not apply to evening students.)
Entering full-time students with no transfer credit in English composition write a diagnostic essay that is scored by the English faculty to determine placement in ENGL 107 Developmental English Composition; ENGL 111 English Composition I; or ENGL 112 English Composition II. Students placed in ENGL 112 who successfully complete the course on their first attempt with a grade of C or higher receive six hours of English composition credit.
If students enroll at Columbia College with more than 30 semester hours of approved transfer credit but have not yet earned credit for ENGL 111 or ENGL 112, they must fulfill requirements and receive credit for these two courses during the next 24 semester hours of course work.
If full-time students fail to meet the English composition requirement, they will not be permitted to enroll in any other Columbia College course unless, at the same time, they are enrolled in or complete credit for ENGL 111 or ENGL 112, as appropriate.
The chair of the Humanities Department may recommend that the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs issue waivers or grant other relief from this policy when students are judged unable to meet the English composition requirements due to extenuating circumstances.
CISS 170 Test Out
The Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department offers an exam for those students who believe that prior experience or education has provided them with a body of knowledge equivalent to that obtained from CISS 170 Introduction to Computer Information Systems. The exam consists of three parts:
The exam requires students to be familiar with and use Windows 2000 and Microsoft Office 2000.
The two hour exam requires that time be scheduled on a computer and must be proctored. Students wishing to take the test should, after making appropriate application, contact the Chair of the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department to schedule a time and date for testing. A $300 fee will be assessed. Students passing the exam receive 3 semester hours of credit for CISS 170.
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