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: Engages students in university-level critical inquiry and reflection. FFC courses focus on critical engagement, exploration and communication related to complex issues rather than on mastering a body of material. Students select a topic according to their academic or personal interests. All of the sections offer students intellectually enriching opportunities to explore ideas, values, and disciplinary knowledge and methods. Students work independently and collaboratively to frame issues and questions that have engaged the intellectual interests of historians, philosophers, fine arts, and media critics, scientists, economists, and political theorists over the centuries.
AI/Artistic Inquiry: Composes critical or creative works that embody or analyze conceptually an artistic form at a baccalaureate / pre-professional level.
QI/Quantitative Inquiry: Students use quantitative methods to help analyze problems in particular academic or social contexts; develop in-depth arguments supported by quantitative evidence; and communicate those arguments in both verbal form and quantitative displays (e.g., tables, graphs, mathematical equations, or other relevant format).
NI/Natural Science Inquiry: Student will be able to use scientific principles and reasoning as a way of knowing the natural world, distinguishing science from non-science.
SI/Social Inquiry: Provides students an opportunity to explore processes by which human beings develop social and/or historical perspectives.
VI/Values/Ethics Inquiry: Provides students an opportunity to explore values and ethical perspectives in humanistic, aesthetic, religious, and/or philosophical contexts.
WI/Written Inquiry: Provides students an intensive course in academic writing at the first-year or intermediate level according to demonstrated competence, with attention to media-based composing and delivery. All written inquiry general education courses are rhetorically based, focusing on the ways language is used to negotiate social, educational and intellectual relationships in various contexts, to a range of audiences.
GC/Global Study: Connects contemporary social and/or environmental topics to their origins and analyzes their effects on our increasingly globalized world
LC/Language Study: Students complete 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.
CC/Citizenship, Community, Service: Students select a learning experience that focuses on citizenship, community, or service and study the theoretical and applied aspects of political, civic or social engagement in group affiliations by taking an approved course or engaging in a service learning experience under the advisement of a faculty member that includes an academic component and is registered for credit.
Inter/Multi-disciplinary Cluster: Students explore an area of interest from an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary focus by completing four related courses selected from a list of preapproved clusters, outside of the student's designated program or major.