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 125 Academic English Development
3 hours. For students who are not native speakers of English, this is an intensive course with the goal of improving academic English skills. Students concurrently enroll in a designated general education course, and the content, activities and assignments for that course provide the context for developing academic English skills including listening and reading comprehension, note taking, writing, vocabulary, speech and study skills.
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.
Corequisite: Enrollment in the designated general education course.

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. Additional course fee required. 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 Discovering Your Calling: Building a Solid Plan
1 hour. This course promotes self-discovery and understanding in relationship to vocational calling, work skills, values, interests, strengths development and personality. Educational and occupational options are examined, with selecting a major as the intended outcome. Students will envision and capture in writing a 4:3 Career and Academic Plan.   
Prerequisite: freshman or sophomore status.

GEED 216 Career Mapping and Industry Awareness: Obtaining an Internship
1 hour. This course will focus on intentional exploration of occupations to further define a career direction. The course will address informational interviews, internship preparation, identifying organizational targets, job shadowing and building a professional network. The course will refine job search skills and increase awareness of internship learning outcomes.
Prerequisite: sophomore or junior status.

GEED 218 Developing Professional Identity: Securing a Job
1 hourThis course will focus on developing/refining skills and using the latest tools to become an effective job seeker. Professional job search competencies such as employer researching, competitive cover letter and resume writing, interviewing, skills extraction, strategizing a job search, engaging in networking, and constructing an e-portfolio will be taught.
Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

GEED 271 Honors Colloquium I
1 hour. This is an 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. This is an 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. This is a 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. Course requires 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. Course requires 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. This is a 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. This is 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.