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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

General Education

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Taught by faculty from across the college

Program Mission Statement

General education at Lyndon prepares all students to respond responsibly, productively, and creatively to a complex and changing world that is characterized by rapidly evolving careers and communities. Statistics show that college graduates today are likely to face at least four significant career changes before retirement, regardless of major. Lyndon’s general education responds to this challenge in two ways. First, the general education program provides focused practice in the foundational skills required for all career paths: critical thinking, writing, reading, communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning. Second, general education provides a framework of content, thought, and inquiry designed to help every student succeed personally and professionally in today’s global society.

Program Goals

Students completing the General Education program at Lyndon will demonstrate

  • An enhanced ability to engage in the foundational skills of critical thinking, reading, and writing, communication, and quantitative reasoning. 
  • Knowledge and skills that will prepare students for work and citizenship in a rapidly changing global society.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of fundamental factors influencing human individual and social behaviors.
  • Students will practice critical interpretation and analysis of past and present human written expression.
  • Students will demonstrate aesthetic appreciation for, understanding of, and/or the creation or performance of original works of art.
  • Students will demonstrate basic attitudes and skills that enable them to work productively, profitably, and with sensitivity across a wide range of cultural boundaries.
  • Students will identify and analyze change across time, either within their own discipline or across broad human endeavors.
  • Students will demonstrate a fundamental awareness of the complexities and interconnectedness of the economic and political realms in which citizens function at both the local and global level.
  • Students will apply the concept of sustainability in critically examining social, ethical, environmental, and/or scientific issues related to the use of earth’s natural resources.
  • Students will practice scientific and empirical reasoning and relate scientific concepts, facts, and theories to problems of wide concern.

Program Assessment

The general education program is assessed systematically through procedures that align with individual graduation standards assessment at the College (see the section on Graduation Standards for more information) and ensure continuous program improvement. Foundational skills are assessed in lower-level courses using the College’s graduation standards rubrics as well as a rubric for critical thinking; general education learning outcomes are assessed with rubrics developed for each of the outcome-defined categories of knowledge and skills defined by the program goals. Analysis of assessment data from rubrics creates an ongoing cycle of program and course refinement that will lead Lyndon students to success.

Program Guidelines

Students who transfer into Lyndon State College with 60 or more college credits may choose to waive the course INT 2040.

When a student is completing the General Education requirements:
• They may count no more than 2 courses in their home department in the 8 categories of the General Education.
• They may count no more than 2 courses in the same course designator in the 8 categories.

The list of courses in the eight categories may change each year, and the most recent list is the one to which students should adhere, regardless of their catalog year.

General Education Distribution (25 - 27 credits; one course from each outcome-based catagory):

Category: SELF AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS (designated by LGSS1 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
BUS 2230 Principles of Marketing
BUS 3350 Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship
CRJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 2050 Criminology
EJA 1010 Introduction to Media Communications
ENG 1280 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ENG 2085 PR, Advertising & Marketing
ENG 3025 Media & Society
MRM 1080 Leadership and Small Group Dynamics
PHI 1050 Ethical Practice
PHI 1060 Logic & Creative Thinking
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 1050 Human Growth & Development
PSY 2120 Human Sexuality
PSY 3210 Perspectives on Death and Dying
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2220 Family in Society
Category: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: WRITTEN LANGUAGE (designated by LGWL2 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ENG 1310 Intro to Literature
ENG 2250 Critical Approaches
ENG 2290 Survey of British Literature & Culture
ENG 2325 Survey of American Literature & Culture
ENG 2535 Genre Survey
ENG 2545 Literature & Culture Survey
ENG 3385 Genre Seminar
ENG 3545 Literature & Culture Seminar
ENG 4750 Senior Seminar
FLM 1055 Film Analysis and Appreciation
FLM 3010 Auteur Filmmakers Seminar
FLM 3320 Film & Culture Seminar
FLM 3610 Film Studies Seminar
FLM 4010 Theory of Cinema
MUS 2740 Music Studies Seminar
PHI 2050 Nature, Science, & Technology
PHI 2090 Popular Culture and Philosophy
PHI 3065 Philosophy of Film & Television
PHI 3140 Art Theory & Criticism
THA 1040 Interpreting Contemporary Dramatic Literature
THA 2080 Theatre Arts in the Dramatic Format
Category: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: ART AND DESIGN (designated by LGAD3 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ART 1011 Drawing I
ART 1015 Art Foundations
ART 1410 Digital Photography
ART 2030 Decorative Arts
ART 2055 Onsite Sketching
ART 2115 Digital Arts
ART 2121 Calligraphy
ART 2241 Painting I
ART 2251 Sculpture I
ART 2301 Photography I
ART 3060 Book Arts
ART 3210 Puppetry
CIN 1060 Cinema Production I
DES 2030 Fundamentals of Web Design
ENG 2130 Intro to Writing Poetry
ENG 2140 Intro to Writing Fiction
ENG 2155 Multimedia Storytelling
ENG 3010 Advanced Composition & Rhetoric
ENG 3110 Creative Writing Workshop
MUS 1030 Music Fundamentals
MUS 1041 Class Piano I
MUS 1042 Class Piano II
MUS 1231 Music Theory I
MUS 2070 Basic Songwriting
MUS 2340 Class Instruction in Voice
MUS 2341 Class Guitar I
THA 1041 Introduction to Theatre
THA 2121 Acting I
THA 3211 Directing I
Category: CROSS CULTURAL AWARENESS (designated by LGCC4 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ANT 1030 Introduction to Anthropology
ANT 3010 Native Societies of America
ANT 3030 Comparative Cultures
ANT 3060 Ethnocuisine
ANT 3310 Myth, Magic, and Religion
ANT 3820 Anthropology Fieldwork
ENG 2390 World Literature
ENG 2540 Global English:Forms, Roles, and Issues
FRE 1111 French I
FRE 1112 Intermediate French
HIS 1020 Comparative Civilizations
HIS 2330 Traditional Asia
HIS 3530 Modern East and South-East Asia
HIS 3540 Modern South Asia
HIS 3550 The Islamic World
PSY 3090 Lifespan Across Cultures
MUS 2280 Drumming Across Cultures
MUS 3330 Worlds of Music
MUS 3350 Music of the Americas
RUS 1011 Russian I
RUS 1012 Russian II
RUS 2010 Mystery of Russian Soul & Culture
SSC 3820 Global Studies Fieldwork (*must take at least 3 credits)
SPA 1011 Spanish I
SPA 1012 Spanish II
Category: PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST (designated by LGPP5 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ARH 2011 Survey of Western Art I
ARH 2012 Survey of Western Art II
ARH 2070 History of Photography
EJA 2160 History of Journalism
FLM 2015 History of Cinema I
FLM 2025 History of Cinema II
HIS 1011 Western Civilization I
HIS 1211 American History I
HIS 1212 American History II
HIS 2240 Survey of Eurasia
HIS 3056 Race in America
HIS 3155 Sports in American History
HIS 3165 Vermont History
HIS 3280 History of American Recording Industry
HIS 3310 18th-19th centuries Europe
HIS 3330 Europe since 1914
HIS 3440 Modern Russia
MAT 3010 History of Mathematics
PSY 3025 History of Modern Psychology
SCI 4010 History of Science
SCI 4110 History of Agriculture

Category: GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS (designated by LGGE6 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ANT 3070 Ecotourism
BUS 2015 Fundamentals of Management in Business
BUS 2080 Organization Behavior and Communication
BUS 2140 Personal Finance
BUS 3240 International Business
CRJ 2010 Law Enforcement in America
CRJ 2020 American Judicial Process
CRJ 2510 Criminal Law
CRJ 3210 Punishment and Corrections
ECO 2060 Survey of Economics
MRM 1010 Leisure and Society
PHI 3010 Political Philosophy
POS 1010 Introduction to Political Science
POS 1020 American Politics and Government
POS 1030 Comparative Governments
POS 2040 International Relations
POS 3060 Vermont Politics
Category: NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABILITY (designated by LGNR7 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ATM 2210 Geophysical and Human Interactions
BIO 4320 Sustainable Food Systems I
CHE 2020 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
CRJ 2220 Environmental Justice
GEO 1010 Introduction to Geography
ENV-1080 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENV 2040 Introduction to Environmental Restoration
ENV 2060 Energy, Environment, and Society
ENV 2090 Sustainable Living
MRM 2130 Wilderness Mind
SCI 1030 The Life, Earth, and Physical Sciences
SCI 1070 Food for Thought
Category: SCIENTIFIC AND EMPIRICAL REASONING (designated by LGSE8 in the course descriptions and course schedule)
ATM 1010 Elementary Meteorology
ATM 1030 Elementary Oceanography
ATM 1020 Elementary Climatology
BIO 1210 Introduction to Biology
BIO 1211 Introduction to Biology: Ecology and Evolution
BIO 1212 Introduction to Biology: Cells and Genetic Basis
BIO 2011 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
CHE 1023 Outline of General Chemistry
CHE 1031 General Chemistry I
GEY 1111 Geology I
GEY 2112 Introduction to Geology II
PHY 2010 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
PHY 2031 Fundamentals of Physics I
PHY 2061 Classical Physics I
XSC 2050 Human Gross Anatomy

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