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GEN 110 INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING

As a cornerstone in Medaille College’s General Education Core curriculum, this course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of critical thinking. Its coursework integrates basic critical thinking, argumentation, and related written and spoken communication lessons with the exploration and evaluation of significant ideas. Thus, the course specifically addresses some of the most important academic skills required not only for success in college, but also for open-minded and reflective inquiry, substantial understanding, and informed judgment. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEN 220 JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

This course examines the relationship between justice and democracy in America. The course will focus on a specific theme from an interdisciplinary perspective to examine critically how people differently situated in the social structure have both shaped and have been shaped by American society and government. Students will probe the relationships between political ideals and the evolution of the American culture, society, and politics; and examine the construction of categories related to identity, such as class, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, etc. In the process, students will explore the ways in which their selves relate to others in their community. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 110 and ENG 110. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEN 230 CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Through various topics and themes by section, this course explores forms of creative expression in visual, performing, and literary arts. Students will acquire abilities and perspectives about these arts and interrelationships among them. In addition, through exploring, developing, and demonstrating their creativity in one art form, students will enhance their understanding of artistic expression. A student may not take this course more than once for credit under different topics. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 110 and ENG 110/ENG 111. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEN 240 SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

The course engages students an active inquiry into the process of scientific discovery: its methodology, development, relationship with technology, and role in modern society. By exploring aspects of scientific inquiry, students will develop a critical awareness of scientific and technological issues, methods, and processes. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 110 and ENG 110/ENG 111. Offered fall and spring semesters. Note: Registration for both the lecture (GEN 240) and the lab (GEN 240 L) is required.

GEN 410 BACCALAUREATE CAPSTONE I

The baccalaureate capstone is a course about ideas and the ways in which the educated person contends with them. The course deals in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion with the five broad General Education themes: The Self and Others, Global Perspectives, Creative Expression, Science and Technology, and Communication. The course invites students to engage in a sophisticated way with ideas and works that raise questions about and shed light upon contemporary life. Through the process of reading, reflection, writing, and discussion, students will be required to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills generally held to be the hallmark of the educated individual pursuing and enjoying an informed life. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of all lower-level General Education requirements. Offered fall and spring semesters.

GEN 411 BACCALAUREATE CAPSTONE II

This seminar course gives students the opportunity to integrate their coursework with individual research projects. Each student is responsible for the production, presentation, and defense of a research paper which addresses a specific academic topic related to the College’s General Education core. Research projects must demonstrate significant knowledge within the selected topic area, an understanding of its place in an integrated intellectual framework, and a high level of skill development. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 410. Offered spring and fall semester.