General Education (GEED) Courses

The following list includes both required general education courses and interdisciplinary elective courses that serve particular purposes.

GEED 100 Effective College Learner
1 hour. A course related to the Academic Success Program through which personal confidence is enhanced by instruction in study skills, methods, and tools used by successful college students. It may be taken during the spring semester by students not in the Academic Success Program.

GEED 130 First Year Seminar
1 hour. Members of the entire entering freshman class select a small seminar-style topical course for the first six weeks of their first semester, meeting weekly with an advisor and a returning student peer advisor. Selected topics and issues introduce students comfortably to the academic and social life of the university community. Required of all first-time freshmen. Pass/Fail.

GEED 170 Freshman Honors Seminar
1 hour. Members of the entering freshman class who are invited to apply for honors at admission, and whose applications are accepted, take this seminar in the middle five weeks of fall semester. Students are introduced to the interdisciplinary pursuit of knowledge at the university level, examining a current public issue from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives, using creative class activities and assignments. Students who earn an excellent rating are eligible to continue in the University Scholars program.
Prerequisite: admission as an incoming freshman to the University Scholars program.

GEED 214 Major Selection and the Emerging Professional
1 hour.  Offered online fall and spring. This course promotes self-discovery and understanding in relationship to vocational calling, work skills, values, interests, and personality. Educational and occupational options are examined in light of this self-assessment, with selecting a Major as the intended outcome. Use of a decision-making inventory and standard career reference material, Major research and investigation with consideration given the liberal arts, and application of work-related experiences will be the sources of information in this task. Students will envision and capture in writing, a career plan for their four+ years in college. The meaning of work and career decision-making will be addressed from the biblical perspective with an online discussion forum geared toward textbook readings on decision-making and the will of God. 
Prerequisite: freshman or sophomore status.

GEED 216 Internships and the Emerging Professional
1 hour. Offered online fall and spring. This course will focus on intentional exploration of occupations through informational interviews, internship preparation, company research, job shadowing and professional organizations. Exposure to the world of work and readiness for internships are the primary objectives. The course will address the need to bring clarity and definition to the career decision-making and planning process through work-related experiences. The course also will refine job search skills and increase awareness of labor laws in relation to internships. The meaning of work and life purpose will be explored from the biblical perspective and online course discussion will focus on student reflections of the textbook readings.
Prerequisite: sophomore or junior status.

GEED 218 Employment and the Emerging Professional
1 hour. Offered online fall and spring. This course will focus on developing/refining skills and using the latest tools needed to become an effective job seeker.  Professional job search competencies such as employer researching, competitive cover letter and resumé writing, interviewing, assessing and articulating skills, strategizing a job search, engaging in networking, and constructing an e-portfolio will be taught.  Defining a firm, yet flexible occupational direction with an understanding of the liberal arts, investigating pertinent facets of the labor market, making direct employer contacts, locating job leads, mobilizing a network and examining survival on the first job will also create a stronger transition into the professional work force.  An online discussion forum will focus on textbook after-graduation topics with the meaning of work and career decision-making addressed from the biblical perspective.
Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

GEED 271 Honors Colloquium I
1 hour. Investigation of a variety of issues and subjects from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, through readings, discussions, creative activities, excursions, and written projects. Typically team-taught by faculty from different disciplines, over the course of a year the student uses the methods and frames of reference of nearly every discipline in the liberal arts curriculum to learn about several engaging topics. Class activities are designed to prepare students to do interdisciplinary University Scholars projects during their junior year.
Prerequisite: admission to the University Scholars program and at least sophomore status.

GEED 272 Honors Colloquium II
1 hour. Investigation of a variety of issues and subjects from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, through readings, discussions, creative activities, excursions, and written projects. Typically team-taught by faculty from different disciplines, over the course of a year the student uses the methods and frames of reference of nearly every discipline in the liberal arts curriculum to learn about several engaging topics. Class activities are designed to prepare students to do interdisciplinary University Scholars projects during their junior year.
Prerequisite: GEED 271 Honors Colloquium I, admission to the University Scholars program, and at least sophomore status.

GEED 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours.Supervised experience in the discipline including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing, and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

GEED 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A variety of topics may be offered to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.

GEED 355 Cross-Cultural Experience - Domestic
3 hours. This course offers a variety of cross-cultural study tours designed to enhance the intercultural awareness of our campus community and to gain appreciation for various cultural perspectives different from the students' own. Each individual course includes in-depth study from a variety of perspectives, such as the fine arts, religion, language, natural or behavioral science, or history. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the U.S. Students interact with the local culture through informal and formal contacts. (Offered May Term through the Juniors Abroad program. Students must meet the Juniors Abroad eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience - International
3 Hours. This course offers a variety of cross-cultural study tours designed to enhance the intercultural and international awareness of our campus community and to gain appreciation for various cultural perspectives different from the students' own. Each individual course includes in-depth study from a variety of perspectives, such as the fine arts, religion, language, natural or behavioral science, or history. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students interact with the local culture through informal and formal contacts. (Offered May Term through the Juniors Abroad program. Students must meet the Juniors Abroad eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

GEED 371 University Scholars Projects I
1 hour. In conjunction with an upper-division course of the student's choosing, the student proposes a significant interdisciplinary research project. Once approved by the professor of the home course and the USP director, the student completes the project under the supervision of a senior peer mentor, publicly presents the project results, and submits the project to the undergraduate academic journal.
Prerequisites: GEED 271 Honors Colloquium I, GEED 272 Honors Colloquium II, and permission of the USP director.

GEED 372 University Scholars Projects II
1 hour. In conjunction with an upper-division course of the student's choosing, the student proposes a significant interdisciplinary research project. Once approved by the professor of the home course and the USP director, the student completes the project under the supervision of a senior peer mentor, publicly presents the project results, and submits the project to the undergraduate academic journal.
Prerequisites: GEED 371 University Scholars Projects I, and permission of the USP director.

GEED 375 Cultural Field Experience
1-12 hours. Supervised experience in a cultural setting that contributes to the educational goals of the student. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisites: permission of advisor and the academic dean.

GEED 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

GEED 455 Student-Designed Service Activity
1-2 hours. Completion of a student-designed academically rich interdisciplinary service activity equivalent in scope, effort, and impact to a Public Interest Applied Research project (see GEED 465).
Prerequisites: GEED 371 University Scholars Projects I and GEED 372 University Scholars Projects II.

GEED 465 Public Interest Applied Research
1-2 hours. Completion of a Public Interest Applied Research project under the supervision of the USP director or another faculty member. PIAR projects are connected to real-world problems, are interdisciplinary, normally require two semesters for completion, are typically done in groups of two or more, and are performed in cooperation with at least one organization or group in the off-campus community.
Prerequisites: GEED 371 University Scholars Projects I and GEED 372 University Scholars Projects II and permission of the USP director.

GEED 471 Undergraduate Academic Journal I
1 hour. Service on the editorial committee, or as a senior editor, of the Undergraduate Academic Journal.
Prerequisites: GEED 371 University Scholars Projects I, GEED 372 University Scholars Projects II, and permission of the USP director.

GEED 472 Undergraduate Academic Journal II
1 hour. Service on the editorial committee, or as a senior editor, of the Undergraduate Academic Journal.
Prerequisites: GEED 471 Undergraduate Undergraduate Academic Journal I and permission of the USP director.

GEED 475 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline including internships and practica required for professional programs. This advanced experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing, and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

GEED 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A variety of topics may be offered to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.

GEED 490 Liberal Arts and Critical Issues
3 hours. An advanced liberal arts course integrating the varied strands of general education in a rich capstone integrative common experience. Students will be challenged to develop coherence in a Christian worldview, deepen their understanding of how we know truth about the world around us and our moral duty in it, practice taking an interdisciplinary approach to basic problems of human existence, and develop as potential Christ-like leaders in public issues. Specific topics to be explored vary from semester to semester.

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