General Degree Requirements
The requirements for degrees described in this catalog are applicable to students
currently enrolled. Although students have the right to complete requirements under their
catalog of entry, students who change their programs of study must meet requirements that
exist at the time they make the change, except that core curriculum requirements completed
before the change will satisfy similar core requirements. No student will be placed under
undue penalty in meeting the requirements. The university reserves the right to change the
degree requirements at any time, but no such change will be administered to cause a loss
in credit for work already completed.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor. The faculty advisement system is designed
to provide the student with effective academic advisement throughout enrollment at
Columbus State University. Although academic advisors make every effort to inform students
about course and degree requirements, the primary responsibility for meeting all degree
requirements rests with the student.
Education Learning Outcomes
The core curriculum (Areas A-E) and the major-related core
courses (Area F) support Columbus State Universitys general education learning
Skills of Communication and Critical Thinking
Communication: Be able to communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking,
reading, and writing in the diverse situations encountered as educated citizens; and be
able to effectively communicate using appropriate symbolic or technological systems.
Critical thinking: Be able to think with a deliberate awareness of the process
of critical thinking, employ the process, and strive to augment its effectiveness.
Perspectives and Knowledge
Aesthetics: Be able to interpret aesthetic significance in an object, work,
performance, or experience through study or participation.
Contemporary phenomena: Be able to apply appropriate knowledge to the
interpretation of current problems and related issues concerning environment, health,
society, culture, religion, economics, politics, science, and technology.
Historical interpretation: Be able to develop informed judgments about the past
by gathering relevant information, by placing it in context, by interpreting it, and by
using it to draw inferences about contemporary events.
Mathematical knowledge: Be able to use mathematical skills to solve problems and
to interpret quantitative information.
Scientific investigation: Be able to observe and interpret phenomena in a
systematic fashion consistent with recognized principles of scientific inquiry.
Values clarification and cultural diversity: Be able to investigate ethics and
personal values and those of others; be able to analyze interactions between value systems
and cultural systems; and be able to distinguish prejudices, stereotypes, opinions, facts
and cross-cultural contributions.
Activity, service and leadership: Be able to participate in extra-curricular,
service, or leadership activity during the course of completing an undergraduate