General Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree: 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall Term 2014, students are no longer being accepted into the Liberal Studies and Physical Science Concentrations.

The BS in General Studies program is designed for students who wish to gain a breadth of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In addition, general studies students focus on a particular area of interest by following one of the concentrations that exist in the program:

 Individualized Studies

This is a concentration designed for individuals with a diverse college background and varied educational interests that cannot be captured in a single degree program. In consultation with their academic advisor, students select a specialization within the concentration according to their interests. Students have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of academic subjects through a generous amount of free electives. An attractive feature is that students can complete certificate programs en route to their BS degree.

Liberal Studies

The concentration in liberal studies provides a broad-based liberal arts education that increases one's appreciation of the world at large and lays the necessary groundwork for graduate study. All liberal studies students take courses in communication, art or architecture history, literature, philosophy, history, political science, psychology, anthropology/sociology, and liberal studies electives. The course of study includes 36.0 credits of courses made up of the student's concentration. Students choose to concentrate in either humanities or social sciences. The humanities concentration usually appeals to students interested in focusing on the fine arts, foreign language, literature, or writing. The social science concentration is excellent preparation for graduate school (including law school), research, and careers in which one would deal extensively with people.

Physical Sciences

A concentration in physical sciences can lead to graduate school, careers in research and, with the selection of natural science courses, medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school. Students take courses in the following areas: calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Advising

Students in the BS in General Studies program are advised by an academic advisor (determined alphabetically by last name) who serves as an important resource to students as they progress and manage their educational and career goals.

Students receive one-on-one personal advisement to ensure that educational and professional objectives are met within the course of study.

For more information on this major, visit Goodwin College's General Studies web page.

Individualized Studies Concentration

This is a concentration designed for individuals with a diverse college background and varied educational interests that cannot be captured in a single degree program. In consultation with their academic advisor, students select a specialization within the concentration according to their interests. Students have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of academic subjects through a generous amount of free electives. An attractive feature is that students can complete certificate programs en route to their BS degree.

College Requirements
GSTD 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
GSTD 491Senior Project in General Studies3.0
English and Speech Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
Computing Requirement *
Select one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Computing
Computer Programming I
Database I
Web Development I
Computer Applications for Professionals
Creative Studies in the World Wide Web
Additional computing course options, with Advisor approval
Upper Level Course Requirements
As students choose electives from the categories below, a minimum of 36.0 credits must be upper-level courses (typically 300-level and above).
Natural Science Electives
Students select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS. Courses from other departments may be considered with advisor approval. 9.0
Specialization Requirements
Students must complete 45.0 credits within an area of specialization. The specialization is a set of courses built around a cohesive area of study. An academic advisor must pre-approve the specialization. The specialization will not appear on the student transcript.45.0
Liberal Studies Requirements
Students must complete 36.0 credits in Liberal Studies, covering a range of subject areas in the humanities and/or social sciences: anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, history, philosophy, religion, literature and fine arts. (Arts history or appreciation courses, rather than applied courses.) 36.0
Free Electives60.0
Total Credits180.0

*

 Courses older than three years will not be transferred into the curriculum.



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Liberal Studies Concentration

Note: Effective Fall Term 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this concentration.

A concentration in Liberal Studies provides a broad-based liberal arts education that increases one's appreciation of the world at large and lays the necessary groundwork for graduate study. All liberal studies students take courses in communication, art or architecture history, literature, philosophy, history, political science, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and liberal studies electives.

College Requirements
GSTD 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
GSTD 491Senior Project in General Studies3.0
English and Speech Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
Computing Requirement *3.0
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Computing
Computer Programming I
Web Development I
Database I
Computer Applications for Professionals
Creative Studies in the World Wide Web
Additional computing course options, with Advisor approval.
Natural Science Electives
Students selct 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, ENVS, FDSC, FNS, PHEV, PHYS. Couress from other departments may be considered with advisor approval.9.0
Arts and Humanities Electives
Fine Arts (ARTH, MUSC, THTR)9.0
History (HIST)9.0
Literature (ENGL)9.0
Phillosophy (PHIL) or Religion9.0
Social Science Electives
Anthropology (ANTH) or Sociology (SOC)9.0
Communication (COM) or Writing (WRIT)9.0
Political Science (PSCI)9.0
Psychology (PSY)9.0
Africana (AFAS) or Women's Studies (WMS)3.0
Concentration Requirements
Students must complete 36.0 credits within an area of concentration focusing on the humanities and/or social sciences. Courses must be upper level with at least 18.0 credits selected from one discipline. Social Science students are required to take CAT 360 Applied Organizational Research or SOC 250. 36.0
Free Electives33.0
Total Credits180.0

*

Courses older than three years will not be transferred into the curriculum.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Physical Science Concentration

Note: Effective Fall Term 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this concentration.

The Physical Sciences concentration provides individuals with the opportunity to focus on coursework in mathematics and the natural sciences. The concentration can lead to graduate school, careers in research and, with the selection of natural science courses, medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school. Students take courses in the following areas: calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics.

College Requirements
GSTD 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
GSTD 491Senior Project in General Studies3.0
English and Communication Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
Mathematics Requirements9.0-12.0
Select one of the following sequences:
Mathematical Analysis
Mathematical Analysis I
Mathematical Analysis II
Mathematical Analysis III
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Computing Requirement *
Select one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Computing
Computer Programming I
Database I
Web Development I
Computer Applications for Professionals
Creative Studies in the World Wide Web
Additional computing course options, with Advisor approval.
Historical Perspectives in Science
Select one of the following:3.0
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
Technology in Historical Perspective
Exploration in Technology and Gender
Philosophical Issues in Science
Select one of the following:3.0
Biomedical Ethics and Law
Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Science
Physical Science Requirements
Biology *
BIO 161General Biology I3.0
BIO 162General Biology II3.0
BIO 163General Biology III3.0
Chemistry
CHEM 161General Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 162General Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 163General Chemistry III3.0
CHEM 164General Chemistry Laboratory I2.0
CHEM 165General Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
Physics9.0-15.0
Select one of the following sequences
Applied Physics
Applied Physics I
Applied Physics II
Applied Physics III
Fundamentals of Physics
Fundamentals of Physics Lecture I
Physics I-A
Physics II-A
Fundamentals of Physics Lecture II
Fundamentals of Physics Lecture III
Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory III
Physical Science Electives
Students must complete 27.0 credits of natural science electives. Courses must be upper level in biology, chemistry, physics or environmental science. 27.0
Liberal Studies Electives
Students must complete 27.0 credits covering a range of subjects that may include: anthropology, economics, fine arts, history, literature, music philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, etc. 27.0
Free Electives 55.5
Total Credits180.0-189.0

*

&Courses older than three years will not be transferred into the curriculum.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

A well-rounded education results in an enriched view of the world. Full-time students majoring in General Studies find careers in diverse areas, taking skills they learn at Drexel to their future endeavors.

  • The physical science concentration can lead to careers in scientific research.
  • The liberal studies concentration can lead to careers or graduate study in the humanities or the fields that deal extensively with people.
  • The individualized studies concentration is extremely flexible. Individualized studies students are generally self-directed and want a program they can tailor to their personal and professional interests.

Some General Studies students are already established in their careers and simply need a bachelor's degree to move into higher positions within their organizations and industries and/or to pursue a master's degree.

Goodwin College's General Studies BS degree is designed for students planning to pursue graduate studies in professional areas such as law, dental, medical, pharmacy, and veterinary school.

Courses

GSTD 100 Strategies for Academic Success 1.0 Credit

This course explores the learning process to assist students in achieving academic success. Self-assessments, personal reflection, and relevant electronic resources are used to foster students’ development as self-directed learners. Topics include: study skills, learning strategies, personal development, academic planning and tracking, visioning, and goal setting. The goal of this course is to help improve students’ efficacy in the areas of academic self-management, self-direction, and resource utilization.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GSTD 111 Learning Skills & Strategies 3.0 Credits

This course prepares traditional undergraduate students for the expectations and challenges of college life.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Freshman.

GSTD 150 Introduction to World Religions 3.0 Credits

This course introduces significant Eastern and Western religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are examined. Each religion is studied as a system of thought that constructs a worldview considering its origin, its sacred texts, the human condition, and the future eternity.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GSTD 180 Special Topics in General Studies 1.0-4.0 Credit

Covers lower-level special topics of interest in General Studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 11 times for 12 credits

GSTD 200 Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice 3.0 Credits

Introduces theories and practical skills necessary for successful learning in a variety of environments. Covers self-efficacy development, autonomous learning, critical thinking, critical reading, learning to learn, effective researching and writing, goal setting theories, and practical strategies necessary to support learning in university, career, and personal contexts.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GSTD 210 Fact & Fiction in Film 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the creative process of film storytelling using documented historical fact and artistic license of fiction. Factual material, reasonable opinions, and scurrilous rumors about well-documented historical events will be analyzed. Films about these events will be viewed, critiqued and analyzed.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

GSTD 380 Advanced Special Topics in General Studies 1.0-4.0 Credit

Covers upper-level special topics of interest in General Studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 11 times for 12 credits

GSTD 399 Independent Study in General Studies 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides individual study or research in General Studies under faculty supervision. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is GSTD.

GSTD 400 Practicum 3.0 Credits

Combines classroom theory with practical application at the student’s worksite. Requires students to demonstrate the ability to apply classroom learning to situations benefiting a corporation. Includes an orientation, proposals, reports on works-in-progress, and a portfolio.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is GSTD and classification is Senior.

GSTD 491 Senior Project in General Studies 3.0 Credits

The senior project covers planning and execution of a capstone project that integrates the academic and practical knowledge acquired in the student’s course of study. Students will complete a research proposal, a research project or an integrative portfolio.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is GSTD and classification is Senior.

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