General Education

General Education at Chicago State University

Within the framework of a general education curriculum, Chicago State University students will be exposed to people, ideas, and events that have had important influences on society and the environment. Students will learn to master the written and spoken word to enrich their own lives and to contribute effectively to society. Instruction within a general education curriculum will provide our students with an understanding of key sectors of contemporary life, and the confidence to critique these constructively. Students will gain insight into cultural diversity, learn to honor their own cultural heritage and those of others, and form responsible convictions about the world around them. Above all, Chicago State University's general education curriculum will instill in our students the idea that learning is a continuous and life-long process grounded in critical reflection and analysis of the world around us. As such, it is an essential foundation for living a fulfilled life in a democratic society.

General Education Outcomes

Upon completion of the General Education requirements at Chicago State University, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and inter-relatedness, as well as human-environment interactions.
  3. Demonstrate creative and critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills.
  4. Apply the basic vocabularies, questions, and methods of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of and engagement with the social dimensions of civic life.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the interactions between science, technology, society, and the environment.

For further information on the general education outcomes, please see the following brochure:

General Education Curriculum

As part of a multi-year review of the general education assessment outcomes, the university community approved the above six general education outcomes during the Spring 2012 semester with input from faculty, staff, and administration. With these six outcomes in place, the General Education Committee (GEC) and the General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) have been conducting a comprehensive review of all general education courses in order to revise the lists of courses that meet each area of general education. These committees issued a call for proposals in the Fall 2012 Call for Course Proposals (.pdf). Below is the course proposal form, in both PDF and Word format:

Until both committees complete this entire process of reviewing course proposals, courses already accepted for meeting general education requirements will continue to do so. Please consult the current Undergraduate Catalog for the current general education curriculum.