Each student must complete the required number of credits in all of the eight GOAL areas and the five ACROSS-THE-CURRICULUM areas. These requirements may be completed by MWC coursework, by approved equivalent transfer coursework, or by equivalent AP or IB credit as defined by the College’s AP-IB Policy. No General Education coursework may be completed on a Pass/Fail basis.
GOALS 1-8 REQUIREMENTS FOR BA/BS STUDENTS:
GOAL 1: The ability to write logically, clearly, and precisely; the ability to acquire, organize, present, and document ideas and information. (3 credits)
ENGL 101, 202 (Fall 2008 or later) OR Competence in English composition as demonstrated by a score of 670 on both the
SAT I verbal and SAT II subject test in Writing
GOAL 2: An understanding of mathematical thoughts and the ability to conceptualize and apply mathematical logic to problem-solving. (6 credits, 3 of which must be a MATH course)
|MATH 110||CPSC 125 (Crosslisted as MATH 125)|
|MATH 115A (Fall 2003 or later)||CPSC 220|
|MATH 121||CPSC 230|
|MATH 122||MUTH 181|
|MATH 125 (Crosslisted as CPSC 125)||PHIL 151|
|MATH 210 (Fall 2008 or later)|
|CPSC 105 (Fall 2008 or later)|
GOAL 3: An appreciation of major contributions of science to an understanding of the natural world and to the possible solution to contemporary problems; the application of laboratory science methods to the acquisition of knowledge through a two-semester vertically-building sequence of laboratory courses in the same discipline. (8 credits)
|BIOL 121-122; 125-126 (Fall 2008 or later)||GEOG 110-111 (Fall 2007 or later)|
|CHEM 105-106||GEOL 111-112|
|CHEM 111-112||PHYS 101-102|
|GEOG 210A-211A (Fall 2003 – Summer 2007)||PHYS 105-106|
GOAL 4: An understanding of human culture as expressed in artistic achievements and as revealed in literature. (6 credits with one course in arts and one in literature)
|ARTS 102||CLAS 130 (Fall 2008 or later)|
|ARTS 105 (Fall 2008 or later)|
CLAS 202 (Fall 2008 or later)
|ARTH 115A||ENGL 205|
ENGL 251 (Any, Fall 2008 or later)
MDFL 201 (All suffixes)
MUHL 151, 152; 153 (Fall 2008 or later), 154 (Fall 2008 or later) 156 (Fall 2008 or later)
|MUTH 170||THEA 212A|
THEA 111, 113 (Fall 2008 or later), 218 (Fall 2008 or later)
GOAL 5: An understanding of the intellectual foundations and development of western civilization. (6 credits)
|CLAS 101 (Prior to Fall 2005, crosslisted as CPRD 101); 204 (Fall 2008 or later)||MATH 207|
|GEOG 205||PHIL 102 (Prior to Fall 2005, crosslisted as CPRD 102)|
|HISP 101||PHIL 201|
|HIST 121||PHIL 202|
|HIST 122||RELG 103 (Prior to Fall 2005, crosslisted as CPRD 103)|
|HIST 131||RELG 205, 206; 276 (Fall 2008 or later)|
GOAL 6: An understanding of the forces shaping human behavior, social structures, institutions, and spatial relationships. (6 credits)
|ANTH 101||PHIL 100; 210 (Fall 2008 or later)|
|ANTH 102 (Not offered after Fall 2005)||PSCI 101, 102|
|BUAD 105||PSCI 201, 202 ( All Fall 2008 or later)|
|ECON 201B||PSYC 100|
|ECON 202B||RELG 102|
|GEOG 201, 201A (Fall 2003 or later)||SOCG 100|
|GEOG 101, 221, 222 (All Fall 2008 or later)||SOCG 200|
|LING 101B; 202 (Fall 2008 or later), 205 (Fall 2008 or later)|
GOAL 7: Intermediate-level competence in a foreign language. NOTE: Students may begin at any level of a language for which they are prepared, but must successfully complete the remaining sequence in order, without omission, through the intermediate level.
|ARAB 101, 102, 201, 202||ITAL 101, 102, 201, 202|
|FREN 101, 102, 201A, 202A||LATN 101, 102, 201, 202|
|FREN 101, 102, 205||SPAN 101, 102, 201A, 202A|
|FREN 102, 205||SPAN 101, 102, 205 (Spring 2002 or later)|
|GERM 101, 102, 201A, 202A||SPAN 105, 201, 202A (Fall 2003 or later)|
|GREK 101, 102, 201, 202||SPAN 105, 205 (Fall 2003 or later)|
|SPAN 102, 205|
Intermediate-level competence demonstrated by:
- A score of 620 or higher on any foreign language SAT II subject test or passing UMW competency test, or
- A score of 4 or higher on French Language, German Language, Latin Literature or Latin: Virgil or Spanish Language Advanced Placement Examination or a score of 5 on the Spanish Literature Advanced Placement Examination
- A score of 5 or higher on the French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish I.B. Exam
- Successful completion of an advanced-level (300-400) foreign language course, or
- Submitting pertinent documents which verify the student has been educated through high school in a language other than English or has lived extensively in and become fluent in the language of a non-English-speaking country; demonstrating intermediate college-level (202) competency, and by successfully completing Writing Workshop (ENGL 101), or obtaining an exemption therefrom. No such course may be taken pass/fail.
NOTE : A student may begin at any level of the language for which he or she is prepared, but must then successfully complete the remaining sequence of courses through the 202 (intermediate) level. Any skipping of courses in the sequence, or substitution of a course at the 300 level or above in place of 202, requires permission of the instructor and also of the chair of the UMW department which offers the course in question.
GOAL 8: Physical fitness through physical activity (2 courses, 2 credits minimum)
Satisfied by 2 courses ( 2 credits minimum) of currently offered Mary Washington College PHYD and DANC coursework. (2 courses required)
These courses may be met by general education courses, electives, or courses in the major.
WRITING INTENSIVE: To ensure the development of competence in written composition. (4 courses beyond GOAL 1). Students who are exempt from the Goal 1 requirement by virtue of SAT scores must complete 5 writing intensive courses.
GLOBAL AWARENESS: 2 courses promoting an understanding of other places, cultures, and societ
SPEAKING INTENSIVE: 2 courses in which oral assignments are a significant portion of the student’s graded work
RACE/GENDER INTENSIVE: 1 course examining issues of race and/or gender
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: 1 course examining human activity and the biosphere
TO COUNT FOR GENERAL EDUCATION PURPOSES (GOALS 1-8 AND ACROSS-THE-CURRICULUM), A COURSE MUST BE DESIGNATED AS A GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE IN THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE OF COURSES FOR THE SEMESTER IT IS TAKEN .
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR B.L.S. STUDENTS.
Each student must complete the required number of credits in all of the general education and across-the-curriculum subject areas. These requirements may be completed by UMW coursework, by approved equivalent transfer coursework, by equivalent Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) credit as defined by the University’s AP and IB Policy, or through CLEP. No General Education coursework may be completed on a pass/fail basis.
SUBJECT AREAS :
English Competence : The ability to write logically, clearly, and precisely; the ability to acquire, organize, present, and document ideas and information. (3 credits)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics : An understanding of mathematical thoughts and the ability to conceptualize and apply mathematical logic to problem solving. An appreciation of major contributions of science to an understanding of the natural world and to the possible solution to contemporary problems. (10 credits, including at least 4 credits of a lab science and 3 credits of college-level mathematics)
Humanities : One course from a discipline such as art, theatre, art history, film studies, music (excluding music theory), classics, foreign language, philosophy (excluding logic), or religion. (3 credits, in an area other than literature)
Literature: One course focusing on the close reading and interpretation of literary works written either in English or a foreign language. (3 credits)
Social Sciences : One course (other than in research methods) in anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, political science, psychology or sociology. (3 credits)
Western Civilization: One course examining the intellectual foundations, developments, and consequences of western civilizations, for example in western philosophy, European or American history, or western religion. (3 credits)
ACROSS-THE-CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR B.L.S. STUDENTS
Cultural Difference: (3 credits) One course exploring matters of significant cultural difference, either within a single culture or between contrasting cultures. Any UMW course labeled Global Awareness or Race and Gender Intensive will satisfy this requirement, as will comparable courses taken elsewhere.
Speaking Intensive: (3 credits) One course designated as a Speaking Intensive course or a comparable course taken from another college or university.
Writing Intensive: (6 credits) Two courses designated as Writing Intensive (beyond the English competence requirement) or comparable courses taken from another college or university.