Lincoln College

Undergraduate Catalog: Lincoln College

General Education Requirements

The General Education core curriculum requirements in language and humanities, social sciences, mathematics, life and physical sciences, and physical education are central to the mission of Lincoln College-Normal. The requirements are designed to provide an enlightening, interrelated program that ensures a wide range of diversified knowledge and promotes lifelong intellectual inquiry. Students enter Lincoln College with different levels of general knowledge; all of Lincoln College’s academic offerings are intended to help students grow by improving their individual skills and competencies and by providing experiences in areas they have not yet explored.

Thus, Lincoln College-Normal’s General Education curriculum is designed to provide a common foundation of undergraduate study regardless of the student’s particular area of specialization. The curriculum introduces students to those hallmarks of undergraduate education typically associated with being a well-rounded, college-educated individual. To this end, the General Education curriculum imparts a breadth of knowledge by exploring ways of knowing in the various academic disciplines through examination of civic, social, cultural, and scientific issues. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, human creativity, and the importance of social and cultural values necessary to responsible state and local, national, and global citizenship.

Students enroll in most general education courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Courses are divided into twelve groups: Communication, Humanities, Literature, Fine Arts, Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics, Political Science/Economics, History, Behavioral Science, Global Awareness and Diversity, and American Studies. Students must enroll in one course from each group to satisfy Lincoln College-Normal’s general education requirements. Entering freshmen with less than 12 credit hours of transfer coursework are also required to successfully complete EDU 113 Introduction to Academic Inquiry.

Assessment of the General Education curriculum is conducted by the College’s Director of Assessment according to the guidelines of the Lincoln College Assessment program outlined earlier in this catalog. General Education curricular decisions and requirements are overseen by the Academic Program Director of Liberal Arts.

General Education Requirement Options

There are three ways to complete general education requirements at Lincoln College-Normal: Lincoln College-Normal’s General Education Program, Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC), or completion of an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post secondary institution. Each option affects only certain types of students and has different requirements.

Option One: LCN’s General Education Program:

The following categories of students must complete the Lincoln College-Normal General Education Program requirements:

LCN’s General Education Program Learning Outcomes:

The general education goals are divided into five broad categories which compose the general education goal:

Lincoln College graduates will be responsible citizens and lifelong learners who possess a global perspective, employ analytical skills, and communicate effectively.

Further, more specific skill categories as developed by the Lincoln College faculty are outlined below:

Upon completion of the LCN’s General Education program students will demonstrate:

LCN’s General Education Program Requirements (43-46 credit hours):

Successful completion of the LCN General Education curriculum

Group I: Communications (9 hours)

Three courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

Group II: Humanities (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group III: Literature (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group IV: Fine Arts (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group V: Life Science (3-4 hours)*

Any one course from the list below.

Group VI: Physical Science (3-4 hours)*

Any one course from the list below.

Group VII: Mathematics (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group VIII: Political Science/Economics (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group IX: History (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group X: Behavioral Science (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

Group XI: Global/Diversity Awareness (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below:

Group XII: American Studies (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below:

*  At least one science course (either physical or life science) must be a 4  credit hour-lab course.

^  A Course taken to satisfy Group XI and/or Group XII may NOT be used to satisfy other group requirements. For example, a student who takes REL 102 to satisfy the Group XI Diversity requirement may not also use that course to fulfill the Group II Humanities requirement.

Freshman Requirements

Required of all incoming students with less than 12 hours of college credit.

° Required Courses:  EDU 113 Introduction to Academic Inquiry must be completed by all new freshman under 12 hours of transferred credit.

° All new freshmen students will take a placement test for Math, Reading, and Writing. Students who place into the following courses must achieve a C or better in each course: ENG 100, MAT 090, MAT 092, MAT 101, and RED 101. NOTE: MAT 090 and MAT 092 are not for college credit and ENG 100 and MAT 101 may not transfer to other post-secondary institutions.

Option Two: Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC)

Lincoln College-Normal participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). The IAI program is a statewide agreement between participating public colleges and universities and some private colleges and is designed to facilitate timely degree completion for students who transfer between institutions.

The following categories of students may complete the IAI GECC to satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements:

Illinois Articulation Initiative Course Requirements (ABE student general education requirements):

Regardless of a category placement, a student may count no more than two courses from a single discipline to fulfill the General Education Core Curriculum requirements. Only one course assigned to an IAI course number may be used to fulfill a requirement. The Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum structure consists of 12 to 13 courses (37 to 41 semester credits) distributed among five subject areas. Completion of IAI approved courses at any participating institution satisfies IAI GECC requirements in the following distribution:

The general requirements are as follows:

The following list of courses is provided for convenience only. Some courses may have been added or deleted since the publication of this catalog.

Option Three: Completion of an Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a Regionally Accredited Post Secondary Institution

The following categories of students may satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements through an associate degree:

Option Four: Completion of Specified Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) from a Regionally Accredited Post Secondary Institution

The following categories of students may satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements through an Associate of Applied Science Degree: