(Oliver Wendell Holmes)
The mission of general education at Snow College is to stretch students’ minds and enlarge the foundation of their intellectual and practical skills in order to create in them a lifelong love of learning.
The general education curriculum is designed to accomplish several goals: to provide students with a broad exposure to different academic disciplines in order to assist them in selecting their course of study; to introduce a variety of ways of making knowledge so that students understand the complexity of information and knowledge; to facilitate the development of a passion for a specific area of study and a love of learning in general; to provide connections between disciplines by providing interdisciplinary, integrated learning opportunities; to prepare students to participate fully in human culture, ask probing and thoughtful questions, and engage as responsible citizens.
As many of the world's great thinkers have observed before, a general education is more than a bunch of facts and numbers: it is that part of the self that remains when the details have been forgotten. At Snow College, first and foremost, general education is who we are.
Specific courses are selected for inclusion in the general education curriculum only when the GE Committee has evidence that the course advances the GE mission, fulfills General Education learning outcomes, fulfills core or knowledge area outcomes, and articulates a coherent assessment plan. Courses approved for GE credit will participate in the General Education assessment for the knowledge area and report assessment results to the GE committee.
A student who graduates from Snow College with an AS or AA degree:
A student who graduates from Snow College with an AA degree:
8. can speak, read, and write a foreign language with basic proficiency.
The General Education curriculum is made up of courses that formulate a GE core (which is mandated by the state of Utah) and a selection of course options that fall into several knowledge areas:
English (E1 and E2)
Writing skills are foundational for success in higher education, crucial for workforce preparation, and a basis for life as an educated person. Classes that meet E1 and E2 GE requirements should focus on developing effective and efficient writing processes and will not privilege course content over composition instruction and practice. Instructors should provide and arrange for detailed feedback on higher-order concerns on multiple drafts of multiple paper assignments. Students should write 15-20 pages of revised prose for each class (including an 8-12 page research paper for E2). Additionally, they instructors should help students address syntax, usage, and mechanical issues in the context of student writing. Class sizes should be kept low (20-25 students) to ensure that instructors can devote enough attention to student work. Finally, E1 and E2 need to be fulfilled by two courses taken sequentially.
Outcomes: General education courses in this area enable students to:
Course 1 (E1)
Assess rhetorical situations and plan written responses that account for audience, purpose, context, and genre.
Organize effective arguments that engage readers, provide needed background, present compelling evidence, and respond to opposing viewpoints.
Write using an effective process that includes planning, drafting, peer workshopping, and revision. This process should be explicit in class activities and assignment design; revision should improve the overall quality of the document.
Carefully and critically read written arguments, identifying the use of rhetorical techniques by the author.
Course 2 (E2)
Courses to be designated as a Fine Arts (FA) General Education experience are expected to provide students with an understanding of the basic conceptual frameworks, historical and cultural contexts of artistic works, and be instilled with a sensibility of the creative process. Assessment will occur through the student’s ability to critically evaluate creative works using the language and methodology appropriate to the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and/or the visual arts.
Outcomes: General education courses in this area allow students to be able to:
The ability to effectively communicate orally is frequently considered a top skill that employers are looking for in prospective employees. The ability to give effective presentations is an essential building block that students need in order to be successful as they continue their education and as they transition into the workforce. In other words, oral communication is a fundamental skill students need so that they have the opportunity to compete in contemporary society or in virtually every field of communication.
The National Communication Association puts forward that oral communication involves organizing thoughts logically, tailoring the message to the audience, speaking for maximum impact, and adapting to listener feedback. It involves expressing and sharing ideas and information as well as influencing others through verbal and nonverbal communication.
Outcomes. Oral communication is a disciplined, self-directed, systematic framework for thinking, speaking, listening, responding, and problem solving appropriate to the communication context. It includes the ability to organize thoughts logically, tailor the message to the audience, speak for maximum impact, and adapt to listener feedback. Oral communication involves expressing emotions, sharing ideas/information as well as influencing others through ethical verbal and nonverbal communication. Students who satisfy this requirement will demonstrate that they are able to do the following:
The Humanities are a group of academic disciplines that study the many ways by which humans have attempted to understand themselves and their world. At Snow College, the Humanities focus on cultural traditions that are expressed largely through text or which have a strong textual component: languages, literature, and philosophy. The methods by which the Humanities study culture are at once analytical and interpretive, objective and subjective, historical and aesthetic.
Outcomes. General education courses in this area enable students to:
Students will develop understanding of the world around them through study of content and the processes used by social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and/or predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, from a social scientist’s perspective, and methodologies, and come to an informed sense of self and others.
OUTCOMES: A student who earns General Education in the Social and Behavioral Sciences will be able to:
For the natural sciences, science is the systematic inquiry into natural phenomena organizing and condensing those observations into testable models and hypotheses, theories or laws. The success and credibility of science is anchored in the willingness of scientists to:
1) expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by other scientists which requires the complete and open exchange of data, procedures, and materials;
2) abandon or modify accepted conclusions when confronted with more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Adherence to these principles provides a mechanism for self-correction that is the foundation of the credibility of science (Adapted from a statement by the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society which was endorsed by the Executive Board of the American Associations of Physics Teachers in 1999).
Broad categories of the Natural Science disciplines include Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, and Biology. At Snow College, the first five are considered physical sciences and biology the life science. While properties of matter and energy in the physical sciences are common to life science, the emergent properties resulting from the complexities of life require additional study to amplify and clarify the scientific mechanisms of nature.
Outcomes. A student who has earned Snow College General Education Life Science Learning Outcomes will be able to:
Outcomes. A student who has earned Snow College General Education Physical Science Learning Outcomes will be able to:
Science Inquiry is designed to give students an additional experience with the scientific method. The category includes courses from Social and Behavioral Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.
Outcomes. General education courses in this area allow students to be able to: