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The General Education program at Chapman prepares student to think critically and solve problems in a complex and dynamic world. The General Education inquiry areas are each designed to produce a learning outcome or ability consistent with our mission and strategic indicatives, making the Chapman experience truly unique. Through the General Education experience, the Chapman student can explore:

Freshman Foundations Course: Student critically analyzes and communicates complex issues and ideas. [Revised fall 2012]

AI/Artistic Inquiry: Student composes critical or creative works that embody or analyze conceptually an artistic form at a baccalaureate / pre-professional level. [Revised spring 2013]

QI/Quantitative Inquiry: Students creates sophisticated arguments supported by formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate). [Revised spring 2014]

NI/Natural Science Inquiry: Student is able to use scientific principles and reasoning as a way of knowing the natural world, distinguishing science from non-science. [Revised spring 2011]

SI/Social Inquiry: Student identifies, frames and analyzes social and/or historical structures and institutions in the world today. [Revised spring 2013]

VI/Values/Ethics Inquiry: Student articulates how values and ethics inform human understanding, structures, and behavior. [Revised summer 2016]

WI/Written Inquiry: Student establishes active, genuine, and responsible authorial engagement; communicates a purpose—an argument or other intentional point/goal; invokes a specific audience, develops the argument/content with an internal logic-organization; integrates references, citations, and source materially logically and dialogically, indicating how such forms of evidence relate to each other and the author’s position; and composes the text with: a style or styles appropriate to the purpose and intended audience, a consistent use of the diction appropriate to the author’s topic and purpose, the ability to establish and vary authorial voice(s) and tone(s), a choice of form(s) and genre(s) appropriate to purpose and audience (forms may be digital and/or multimodal), and rhetorically effective use of document design.

GC/Global Study: Student connects contemporary social and/or environmental topics to their origins and analyzes their effects on our increasingly globalized world. [Revised spring 2012]

CC/Citizenship, Community, Service: Student engages in the theoretical or applied aspects of political, civic or social engagement in group affiliations. [Revised spring 2016]

LC/Language Study: Student completes part of their general education program in a language other than English. This may be accomplished through a language course at or above the 200-level, a course taught in the language, or documented functional language use.

Inter/Multi-disciplinary Cluster: Student integrates an additional specialized knowledge with the major field or adds a secondary area of study in order to enrich personal or professional goals. [Revised spring 2011]

+ - General Education Assessment Schedule


Inter/Multi-Disciplinary Cluster Spring 2011 Spring 2017
Written Inquiry Spring 2011 Spring 2017
Natural Science Inquiry Fall 2011 Fall 2017
Global Study Cluster  Spring 2012 Spring 2018
Social Inquiry Fall 2012 Fall 2018
Artistic Inquiry Fall 2012 Fall 2018
Comprehensive General Education Assessment (GE Focus Groups)   Fall 2012  Fall 2018
Freshman Foundations Course Spring 2013 Spring 2019
Comprehensive General Education Assessment (NSSE Survey Module)   Spring 2013 Spring 2016
Quantitative Inquiry Spring 2014 Spring 2020
Values/Ethical Inquiry Summer 2016 Spring 2020
Foreign Language Fall 2017 Fall 2021
Citizenship, Community, Service Summer 2016 Interterm 2021
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