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For students enrolled prior to Fall 2012

Program Requirements: There are two components to General Education: (1) Core courses and (2) Distribution courses.

Core Requirement courses provide students with an understanding of the cultural and historical traditions that have shaped the world in which we live and provide a critical appreciation of the values, ideas, and practices that have emerged from these traditions. To this end, the Core explores both Western and non-Western contexts. Courses in the Core are writing intensive, with emphasis on critical thinking. Students are required to take four Core courses, a total of 16 credit hours. Courses in the Core may only be taken to fulfill General Education requirements.

Once enrolled, students must complete English 161 and History 161 at Rhode Island College. For special substitutions, see Program Substitutions below. This is a limited guide for monitoring completion of General Education. For more information, including prerequisites, see the current Rhode Island College Catalog or consult your advisor.

I. Core Requirements: Cultural Legacies and Critical Thinking

Course No. Course Title Credits

Core One

Select One Course From:
ENGL 100Studies in Literature4
ENGL 120Studies in Literature and Identity4
ENGL 121Studies in Literature and Nation4
ENGL 122Studies in Literature and the Canon4
ENGL 123Studies in Literature and Genre4
ENGL 161Western Literature4
English 100 and ENGL 161 are no longer offered. Students who have completed ENGL 100 or ENGL 161 have fulfilled the Core One requirement. ENGL 120-123 will also fulfill this requirement.
Course No. Course Title Credits

Core Two

Selece One Course From:
HIST 101Multiple Voices: Africa in the World4
HIST 102Multiple Voices: Asia in the World4
HIST 103Multiple Voices: Europe in the World to 16004
HIST 104Multiple Voices: Europe in the World since 16004
HIST 105Multiple Voices: Latin America in the World4
HIST 106Multiple Voices: Muslim Peoples in the World4
HIST 107Multiple Voices: The United States in the World4
HIST 161Western History4
History 161 is no longer offered. Students who have completed HIST 161 have fulfilled the Core Two requirement. HIST 101 - 107 will also fulfill this requirement.
Course No. Course Title Credits

Core Three

Selece One Course From:
AFRI 162Non-Western Worlds4
ANTH 162Non-Western Worlds4
ANTH 169Music Cultures of Non-Western Worlds4
ART 162Perspectives on Asian Art4
COMM 162East Asian Popular Cinema4
ENGL 163Introduction to Non-Western Literary Cultures4
FILM 162Studies in Non-Western Film4
HIST 162Perspectives on East Asia4
HIST 163Perspectives on Africa4
HIST 164Perspectives on Muslim History and Civilization4
HIST 165Amerindian Peasants in Latin American History4
MLAN 162Latin American Mestizo Cultures4
MUS 169Music Cultures of Non-Western Worlds4
PHIL 165The Heritage of Asian Philosophy4
PHIL 167Native American Philosophy4
POL 161Politics and Culture in Southeast Asia4
SSCI 162The Individual and Society in Japan4
Course No. Course Title Credits

Core Four

Students must complete Gen. Ed. Cores 1, 2, and 3 prior to enrolling in a Gen. Ed. Core 4 course. Select One Course From:
AFRI 261Bebop: African and African American Cultures and Aesthetics4
AFRI 262Cultural Issues in Africana Studies4
ANTH 261Intercultural Encounters4
ANTH 262Indigenous Rights and the Global Environment4
ANTH 263Hunters and Gatherers: Designs for Living4
ANTH 402Evolution of the Capacity for Culture4
ANTH 265Anthropological Perspectives on Childhood4
ART 262Picturing Ourselves: The Art of Japan and the West4
BIOL 261The World's Forests4
COMM 261Issues in Free Speech4
COMM 262Dialect: What We Speak4
ELED 261Disability Viewed through Cross-Cultural Lenses4
ENGL 261Northern Exposures: Arctic Imagination, Postcolonial Context4
ENGL 262Women, Crime, and Representation4
ENGL 263Zen - East and West4
ENGL 264Writing and Culture: Papyrus to Cyberspace4
ENGL 265Women's Stories Across Cultures4
FILM 262Film and Representation: Cross-Cultural Projections4
GED 261Intercultural Encounters: Judaism, Christianity, Islam4
GED 263The Holocaust and Genocide4
GED 264Multicultural Views: Same Sex Orientation and Transsexuality4
GEOG 261Globalization, Cities and Sustainability4
HIST 261Russian Identity: Between East and West4
HIST 262Social Issues in Technology4
HIST 263Christianity in Global Perspective4
HIST 265Confict Resolution: Africa and the World4
HIST 266Globalization in Historical Perspective since 15004
MATH 262Ethnomathematics4
NURS 261Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Childbearing and Mothering4
NURS 262Substance Abuse as a Global Issue4
NURS 263Dying, Loss, and Grief: Cross-Cultural Perspectives4
NURS 264The State of the World's Children4
NURS 265Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Healing Practices4
PHIL 261Ethical Issues in Health Care4
PHIL 262Freedom and Responsibility4
PHIL 263The Idea of God4
PHIL 264The Great Ethical Traditions4
PHIL 265Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective4
POL 261Global Competition: The United States and Its Trading Partners4
POL 262Power and Community4
POL 263Citizenship, National Identity, and Immigration4
POL 264Federalism and Nation Building4
POL 265Politics and Popular Culture: Global Perspectives4
SOC 261Fountain of Age4
SOC 262Sociology of Money4
SOC 263Unequal Sisters: How Race/ Ethnicity, Class, Age, and Sexual Orientation Shape Women's Work and Relationships4
SOC 264Sex and Power: Global Gender Inequality4
SOC 265Changing the World: Social Movements/Activism4
SOC 266Globalization and Childhood4
THTR 261Contemporary Black Theatre: Cultural Perspectives4
The courses listed above will be offered through Fall 2013. Courses that are in the Connections category of the new General Education program also meet the Core 4 requirement.

II. Distribution Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Two Courses From Two Different Disciplines:
You may take a modern language course numbered 110 or 113 to satisfy one of these requirements.
AFRI 200Introduction to Africana Studies4
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology4
ANTH 102Introduction to Archaeology4
ANTH 104Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics4
ANTH 205Race, Culture, and Ethnicity: Anthropological Perspectives4
ANTH 206Oral Traditions3
ECON 200Introduction to Economics4
FREN 110Review of Basic French3
FREN 113Intermediate French I3
GEND 200Gender and Society4
GEOG 100Introduction to Environmental Studies4
GEOG 101Introduction to Geography4
POL 200Introduction to Political Science3
POL 202American Government4
POL 203Global Politics4
POL 204Introduction to Political Thought4
PORT 113Intermediate Portuguese4
PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology4
PSYC 215Social Psychology4
SOC 200Society and Social Behavior4
SOC 202The Family4
SOC 204Urban Sociology4
SOC 207Crime and Criminal Justice4
SOC 208Minority Group Relations4
SOC 217Aging and Society4
Course No. Course Title Credits


One course from FYW 100 or WRTG 100
FYW 100Introduction to Academic Writing4
WRTG 100Writing and Rhetoric4
Course No. Course Title Credits

Visual and Performing Arts

Select One Course From:
MUS 161-163 and MUS 164-166 are to be taken for a total of 3 credits each. A total of 3 credits from MUS 161-166 need to be taken in order to fulfill this category. Courses that fulfill the Arts Category of the new General Education prgram will fulfill this category
ART 101Drawing I: General Drawing4
ART 104Design I4
ART 201Introduction to Visual Arts4
ART 230A Survey of Far Eastern Art4
ART 231Prehistoric to Renaissance Art4
ART 232Renaissance to Modern Art4
COMM 241Introduction to Cinema and Video4
DANC 215Contemporary Dance and Culture4
ENGL 113Approaches to Drama4
ENGL 116Approaches to Film and Film Criticism4
MUS 161Large Ensembles0.5
MUS 161-163Large Ensembles3
MUS 164Chamber Ensembles1
MUS 164-166Chamber Ensembles1
MUS 201Survey of Music4
MUS 203Elementary Music Theory4
MUS 222Opera3
MUS 223American Popular Music3
MUS 225History of Jazz4
PFA 158Experiencing the Performing Arts3
PHIL 230Aesthetics4
THTR 240Appreciation and Enjoyment of the Theatre4
Course No. Course Title Credits

Laboratory Sciences

Select One Course From:
BIOL 100Fundamental Concepts of Biology4
BIOL 108Basic Principles of Biology4
BIOL 109Fundamental Concepts of Biology4
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
CHEM 103HHonors General Chemistry I4
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 105General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II4
PHYS 101General Physics I4
PHYS 102General Physics II4
PHYS 110Introductory Physics4
PHYS 200Mechanics4
PSCI 103Physical Science4
PSCI 212Introduction to Geology4
PSCI 217Introduction to Oceanography4
Course No. Course Title Credits


Select One Course From:
Prior completion of the College Mathematics Requirement expected. The General Education Mathematical Systems Requirement builds upon the understandings demonstrated by fulfilling the College Mathematics Requirement. These are separate requirements; completing one does not complete the other:
MATH 139Contemporary Topics in Mathematics4
MATH 177Quantitative Business Analysis I4
MATH 181Applied Basic Mathematics3
MATH 209Precalculus Mathematics4
MATH 212Calculus I4
MATH 240Statistical Methods I4
MATH 247Calculus: A Short Course3
Course No. Course Title Credits

Additional Science or Mathematics

Select One Additional Course from the Laboratory Science (LS) area, the Mathematical Systems (M) area, or from the courses listed below:
Prior completion of the College Mathematics Requirement expected for CSCI 101. Courses that fulfill the AQSR category of the new General Education program will also fulfill this category.
ANTH 103Introduction to Biological Anthropology4
BIOL 103Human Biology3
CSCI 101Introduction to Computers3
CSCI 157Introduction to Algorithmic Thinking4
GEOG 205Earth's Physical Environments4
PHIL 205Introduction to Logic4
PHYS 111Exotic Physics3
PSCI 205Earth's Physical Environments3
PSCI 207Introduction to Environmental Chemistry3
PSCI 208Forensic Science4
PSCI 210Introduction to Astronomy4
PSCI 214Introduction to Meteorology3
PSCI 221Introductory Nanoscience: Why Smaller Is Better3

Program Substitutions

(For students in particular programs)
  1. Students in the elementary education curriculum may count: (a) Mathematics 144 to fulfill Area M (prerequisite of Mathematics 143), and (b) Political Science 201 to fulfill one Area SB requirement (second course may not be in political science).
  2. Accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, management, or marketing students may count Mathematics 248 to fulfill Area SM. Students cannot receive credit for both Mathematics 240 and 248.
  3. Students in the dance performance or physical education curriculum may count Biology 231 to fulfill Area SM.
  4. Students in the College Honors Program fulfill the Core Requirements by taking Honors 161, 162, 163, and 264.

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