General Education (University Core)

Program Purpose


The University Core consists of Religion and General Education (GE) requirements.  The current list of certified GE courses can be found online University Core .

General education (GE) joins with religious education to make university education different from specialized vocational training. The GE program meets the university mission by providing a broad university education. It builds a foundation for intellectual development; it increases understanding of civilization-of humankind's most valuable knowledge and achievements in the arts, letters, and sciences. General education teaches the importance of critical thinking, an awareness of the past, aesthetic sensibility, and moral judgment. These, together with the training provided in verbal and quantitative skills and in manipulating symbolic systems, help prepare students for a lifetime of learning, effective communication, responsible action, forming and judging arguments, and appreciating and creating the good and the beautiful.

Learning Outcomes


Knowledge

Students should demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills in the methods of investigating, expressing, and evaluating concepts in the following disciplines: Arts, History, Humanities and Languages, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences.

Courses that Contribute: A HTG 100 ACC 200 AFRIK 202 ANTHR 110 ANTHR 317 ANTHR 326 ANTHR 330 ANTHR 335 ANTHR 340 ARTHC 111 ARTHC 201 BIO 100 BIO 130 BULGN 330 CANT 202 CHEM 101 CHEM 102 CHEM 105 CHEM 111 CHEM 111 - Hon CHIN 202 CHIN 301 CL CV 201 CL CV 202 CL CV 245 CL CV 246 CMLIT 201 CMLIT 202 CZECH 330 DANSH 202 DANSH 340 ECON 110 ECON 230 ENGL 238 ENGL 310 ENGL 315 ENGL 391 ENGL 495 EUROP 336R FINN 202 FINN 340 FLANG 202R FNART 270R FREN 202 FREN 317 FREN 340 FREN 361 FREN 362 FREN 363 GEOG 110 GEOG 120 GEOG 130 GEOG 222 GEOG 255 GEOG 265 GEOG 271 GEOG 272 GEOG 273 GEOG 285 GEOL 100 GEOL 101 GEOL 102 GERM 202 GERM 330 - Hon GERM 343 GREEK 301 GREEK 302 GREEK 411R HEB 431 HIST 200 HIST 201 HIST 202 HIST 220 HIST 221 HIST 231 HIST 293 HIST 304 HIST 310 HIST 312 HIST 490 HUM 101 HUM 201 HUM 202 HUNG 330 ICLND 202 IHUM 101 IHUM 201 IHUM 202 IHUM 240 IHUM 260 IHUM 261 IHUM 262 IP&T 201 IP&T 202 ITAL 340 ITAL 420 ITAL 421 ITAL 460 JAPAN 350 JAPAN 351 KOREA 340 LATIN 301 LATIN 302 LATVI 330 LITHU 330 MATH 118 MCBIO 221 MESA 250 MMBIO 121 MMBIO 221 MMBIO 240 MUSIC 101 MUSIC 201 MUSIC 202 MUSIC 204 NDFS 100 NES 347R NORWE 202 NORWE 340 NURS 320 PDBIO 120 PHIL 110 PHIL 201 PHIL 202 PHIL 210 PHIL 211 PHIL 214 PHIL 215 PHIL 305 PHIL 423 PHSCS 121 PHSCS 127 PHSCS 137 PHSCS 167 PHY S 100 PL SC 110 PL SC 150 PL SC 170 PL SC 201 PL SC 202 PL SC 347 PL SC 353 PL SC 354 PL SC 385 PL SC 400 PL SC 410 PL SC 450 PL SC 470 POLI 150 POLI 170 POLI 201 POLI 202 POLI 353 POLI 385 POLI 400 POLI 410 POLI 450 POLI 470 POLI 472 PORT 321 PORT 339 PORT 345 PSYCH 111 PSYCH 308 PWS 100 PWS 101 PWS 112 PWS 150 REL C 351 ROM 340 RUSS 202 RUSS 330 RUSS 340 RUSS 341 SC ED 250 SFL 160 SFL 210 SOC 111 SPAN 205 SPAN 321 SPAN 339 SPAN 345 SPAN 355 STAT 121 SWED 202 SWED 340 TMA 102 TMA 201 TMA 202 UKRAI 330 VAEDU 326 VASTU 101 VASTU 104 VASTU 105 WS 222
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Communication

Students should be able to communicate efectively with diverse audiences using written, oral, visual, and digital media.

Courses that Contribute: ACC 200 AFRIK 202 ANTHR 110 ANTHR 326 ANTHR 335 ANTHR 499 ARAB 202 ARTHC 111 ARTHC 201 ASL 202 BIO 130 BULGN 330 CANT 202 CHEM 391 CHIN 202 CHIN 301 CHIN 344 CL CV 110 CMLIT 201 CMLIT 202 CZECH 330 DANSH 202 DANSH 340 ELANG 105 ENGL 211 ENGL 211 - Hon ENGL 212 ENGL 212 - Hon ENGL 230 ENGL 232 ENGL 235 ENGL 236 ENGL 238 ENGL 268 ENGL 295 ENGL 300R ENGL 311 ENGL 312 ENGL 313 ENGL 314 ENGL 315 ENGL 316 ENGL 350 ENGL 391 ENGL 495 FINN 202 FINN 340 FLANG 202R FLANG 330R FREN 202 FREN 340 FREN 361 FREN 362 FREN 363 GEOG 255 GEOG 265 GEOG 271 GERM 202 GERM 330 GERM 330 - Hon GERM 340 GREEK 301 GREEK 302 GREEK 411R HEB 202 HIST 200 HIST 201 HIST 202 HIST 220 HIST 221 HIST 231 HIST 293 HIST 303 HIST 304 HIST 310 HIST 312 HIST 324 HIST 490 HUM 202 HUNG 330 ICLND 202 ICLND 429 IHUM 201 IHUM 202 IHUM 261 IHUM 262 IP&T 201 IP&T 202 ITAL 202 ITAL 340 ITAL 420 ITAL 421 ITAL 460 JAPAN 202 JAPAN 301 JAPAN 302 JAPAN 350 JAPAN 351 KOREA 202 KOREA 301 KOREA 340 LATIN 301 LATIN 302 LATVI 330 LITHU 330 M COM 320 MESA 495 MUSIC 201 MUSIC 202 NORWE 202 NORWE 340 NURS 320 NURS 339 PHIL 110 PHIL 202 PHIL 300 PHIL 423 PHSCS 127 PHSCS 167 PHSCS 416A PHY S 100 PL SC 200 PL SC 201 PL SC 347 PL SC 354 PL SC 400 PL SC 410 PL SC 450 PL SC 470 POLI 200 POLI 201 POLI 202 POLI 347 POLI 385 POLI 400 POLI 410 POLI 450 POLSH 202 POLSH 330 PORT 202 PORT 205 PORT 321 PORT 339 PSYCH 307 PSYCH 308 PWS 100 PWS 150 REL C 351 RUSS 330 SFL 210 SLN 330 SPAN 205 SPAN 321 SPAN 339 STAT 121 SWED 202 SWED 340 UKRAI 330 VAEDU 326 VAEDU 397 VASTU 105 WRTG 150 WS 222
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively
Perspective

Students should be able to describe important ideas in their own and others cultural traditions, and from the various perspectives of the General Education disciplines.

Courses that Contribute: A HTG 100 AFRIK 202 ANTHR 101 ANTHR 317 ANTHR 330 ANTHR 335 ARTHC 111 ARTHC 201 BIO 130 CHEM 391 CL CV 110 CL CV 201 CL CV 202 CL CV 241 CMLIT 201 DANSH 202 ENGL 238 ENGL 313 FINN 202 FINN 340 FREN 202 GEOG 120 GEOG 271 GEOL 100 GERM 217 HEB 202 HIST 201 HIST 312 IAS 353R ICLND 202 IHUM 240 IHUM 242 IHUM 260 IHUM 261 IHUM 262 IP&T 201 IP&T 202 ITAL 317 JAPAN 350 JAPAN 351 MFG 201 MFG 202 NORWE 202 NORWE 340 NURS 339 PHIL 211 PHIL 214 PHIL 423 PHY S 100 PL SC 201 PL SC 354 PL SC 385 PL SC 472 POLI 472 POLSH 202 POLSH 330 PORT 202 PORT 205 PORT 345 PWS 100 REL C 351 RUSS 202 RUSS 330 SFL 102 SLN 330 SOC 111 SPAN 345 SPAN 355 STAT 105 SWED 202 SWED 340 TMA 101 TMA 102 TMA 201 TMA 202 VAEDU 326 VAEDU 397 VASTU 101 WS 222
Linked to BYU Aims: Gospel knowledge, Character
Gospel Insights

Students should demonstrate an ability to relate General Education core concepts to the restored gospel.

Courses that Contribute: CHEM 102 CL CV 201 GEOL 100 IHUM 240 IHUM 242 PHIL 110 PHIL 210 PHSCS 127 PHSCS 416A PHY S 100 PL SC 150 PL SC 200 PL SC 201 PL SC 202 PL SC 347 PL SC 354 PL SC 400 POLI 200 POLI 201 POLI 202 POLI 400 POLI 472 REL C 351 SOC 111 STAT 121 VAEDU 326 VAEDU 397
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony
Sound Thinking and Problem Solving

Students should be able to apply accepted methodologies of sound thinking to solve real-life problems. 

Students should demonstrate the ability to solve problems that address the common good, both individually and collaboratively.

Students should demonstrate a capacity to critically evaluate their own ideas and those of others based on evidence; and should be able to understand the implications of those ideas. 

Courses that Contribute: A HTG 100 ACC 200 ANTHR 110 ANTHR 317 ANTHR 340 BIO 100 BIO 130 CHEM 101 CHEM 102 CHEM 105 CHEM 391 CHIN 344 CL CV 241 CL CV 245 CL CV 246 CMLIT 201 ELANG 105 ENGL 212 - Hon ENGL 230 ENGL 232 ENGL 235 ENGL 236 ENGL 238 ENGL 268 ENGL 295 ENGL 314 ENGL 350 ENGL 391 FREN 202 FREN 340 FREN 361 FREN 362 FREN 363 GEOG 110 GEOG 222 GERM 217 GERM 330 - Hon GERM 340 GERM 340 - Hon GERM 343 HIST 200 HIST 201 HIST 202 HIST 220 HIST 221 HIST 231 HIST 293 HIST 302 HIST 303 HIST 304 HIST 310 HIST 312 HIST 324 HIST 490 HUM 101 IHUM 101 IHUM 262 IP&T 201 IP&T 202 ITAL 202 ITAL 420 ITAL 421 MATH 102 MATH 112 MATH 113 MATH 119 MCBIO 221 MFG 201 MFG 202 MMBIO 221 MMBIO 240 NDFS 100 NURS 320 PDBIO 120 PHIL 110 PHIL 210 PHIL 211 PHIL 214 PHIL 215 PHIL 305 PHSCS 101 PHSCS 105 PHSCS 121 PHSCS 127 PHSCS 137 PHSCS 167 PHY S 100 PL SC 110 PL SC 150 PL SC 200 PL SC 201 PL SC 202 PL SC 347 PL SC 354 POLI 150 POLI 170 POLI 200 POLI 201 POLI 202 POLI 347 POLI 385 POLI 400 POLI 450 POLI 470 POLI 472 PORT 202 PORT 339 PWS 150 RUSS 340 RUSS 341 RUSS 343 SCAND 217 SFL 260 SOC 111 SPAN 339 STAT 105 STAT 121 TMA 201 TMA 202 VAEDU 326 VAEDU 397 VASTU 104 WRTG 150
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Life-long Learning

Students should show they have the skills to continue learning throughout their lives.

Students should be able to draw connections between GE coursework and how they can contribute to the common good.
Courses that Contribute: A HTG 100 ARTHC 201 CHEM 105 CHEM 391 CL CV 201 CL CV 202 DANSH 340 ENGL 238 FINN 340 GEOG 120 GEOG 130 HIST 201 HIST 202 IHUM 261 IHUM 262 IP&T 201 IP&T 202 MFG 201 MFG 202 MUSIC 201 MUSIC 202 NORWE 340 PHSCS 127 PHSCS 137 PHY S 100 PL SC 110 PL SC 170 PL SC 202 PL SC 354 POLI 150 POLI 170 POLI 201 PSYCH 111 PWS 150 REL C 351 RUSS 340 RUSS 341 SOC 111 STAT 121 SWED 340 VAEDU 326
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning


General Education Learning Outcomes and associated Assessment Methods

Knowledge

Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills in the methods of investigating, expressing, and evaluating concepts in arts, history, humanities and languages, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.

Assessment Methods.  A faculty committee will review samples of student work from General Educaiton courses, including tbut not limited to papers, creative works, oral presentations, and digital media.

Communication

Students should be able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences using written, oral, visual and digital media.

Assessment Methods

A faculty committee will review samples of student work from General Education Advanced Writing and Languages of Learning courses, including papers, visual and digital media and oral reports.

Perspective

Students should be able to describe important ideas in their own and others' cultural traditions, and from the various perspectives of the General Education disciplines.

Assessment Methods

A faculty committee will review samples of student work from General Education courses, with a focus on courses in Civilization, Arts, Letters, and Social Science.

Faith and Spirituality

Students should demonstrate an ability to relate General Education core concepts to the restored gospel.

Assessment Methods

Data from the Senior Survey and the Alumni Questionnaire

Sound Thinking and Problem Solving

Students should be able to apply accepted methodologies of sound thinking to solve real-life problems.

Students should demonstrate the ability to solve problems that address the common good, both individually and collaboratively.

Students should demonstrate a capacity to critically evaluate their own ideas and those of others based on evdidnce; and should be able to understand the implications of those ideas.

Assessment Methods

A faculty committee will review samples of student work from General Educatio courses, including papers, projects, digital media, and reports of community and global outreach connected with the coursework.

Lifelong Learning

Students should show they have the skills to continue learning throughout their lives.

Assessment Methods

Data from the Senior Survey and the Alumni Questionnaire

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The Office of Undergraduate Education assesses the achievement of two learning outcomes annually, and all six learning outcomes wihtin each three-year period.  The associate dean for General Education directs the gathering, analysis, and reporting of assessment data.  The Office of Undergraduate Education shares assessment results with the Faculty General Education Council and with colleges in order to improve General Education courses, and it uses assessment results to make improvements in General Education.