Within the framework of a general education curriculum, Chicago State University students
will be exposed to people, ideas, and events that have had important influences on
society and the environment. Students will learn to master the written and spoken
word to enrich their own lives and to contribute effectively to society. Instruction
within a general education curriculum will provide our students with an understanding
of key sectors of contemporary life, and the confidence to critique these constructively.
Students will gain insight into cultural diversity, learn to honor their own cultural
heritage and those of others, and form responsible convictions about the world around
them. Above all, Chicago State University's general education curriculum will instill
in our students the idea that learning is a continuous and life-long process grounded
in critical reflection and analysis of the world around us. As such, it is an essential
foundation for living a fulfilled life in a democratic society.
Upon completion of the General Education requirements at Chicago State University,
students should be able to:
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and inter-relatedness, as well
as human-environment interactions.
- Demonstrate creative and critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving
- Apply the basic vocabularies, questions, and methods of the humanities, the social
sciences, and the natural sciences.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and engagement with the social dimensions of civic
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interactions between science, technology, society,
and the environment.
For further information on the general education outcomes, please see the following
As part of a multi-year review of the general education assessment outcomes, the university
community approved the above six general education outcomes during the Spring 2012
semester with input from faculty, staff, and administration. With these six outcomes
in place, the General Education Committee (GEC) and the General Education Assessment
Committee (GEAC) have been conducting a comprehensive review of all general education
courses in order to revise the lists of courses that meet each area of general education.
These committees issued a call for proposals in the Fall 2012 Call for Course Proposals (.pdf). Below is the course proposal form, in both PDF and Word format:
Until both committees complete this entire process of reviewing course proposals,
courses already accepted for meeting general education requirements will continue
to do so. Please consult the current Undergraduate Catalog for the current general education curriculum.