How to “Tell the Story” of Our Integrated/General Education Curriculum
Particularly over the coming years,
it is going to be vital that advisers help their students make sense of
the intertwined elements of our General Education Program, as well as
the ways in which those elements fit with departmental majors. In
order to facilitate this conversation, we suggest emphasizing a number
of key elements:
Four year program:
Monmouth’s general education curriculum is distinctive in that it spans
across the four years of undergraduate education
Reinforcement of basic skills:
The new curriculum emphasizes skills (communicative, quantitative) that
are reinforced at different points in the program, including both
general education courses as well as in the major.
Integration is key: making it explicit to the students how the
courses work together to form a solid liberal arts education.
Integration must be intentional, explicit, and reinforced:
we have to
keep retelling the story.
courses in general education and the work in the major(s) go hand in
Courses in general education expose students to new horizons:
unfamiliar material, new perspectives, and different approaches all
encourage students to think about new things, or to think about things
in a new way.
Integrated Studies is developmental:
draws upon the previous and offers new challenges to the students, ones
that are appropriate for their stage of development.
General education is clustered thematically:
e.g., we ask
students to think about “global perspectives” in their second year,
drawing upon the emphasis on culture in their study of foreign language.
Prepared by Hannah
Schell for Advising Workshop August 2006