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]