2020-2021 University Catalog

Curriculum and Courses

Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate students must complete a course of studies that achieves broad educational outcomes­. Intellectual inquiry in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and biblical studies provides necessary exposure to broad domains of knowledge. General education is an important part of equipping students to be responsible stewards of God’s creation.

General education is that part of the college experience required of all Multnomah undergraduates that provides them with a common, coherent­ educational experience forming a cornerstone for lifelong learning. Both the Christian tradition and the needs of contemporary society mandate that undergraduate students develop the versatility of mind that comes from a broad foundation of knowledge. Famil­iarity­ with the human condition through studies in history, literature, scientific paradigms, the arts, as well as philosophical and theological ideas, enables students to grow personally and to contribute positively to the church and world.

At Multnomah, a general undergraduate­ education is conceived of as a process, not a product. While at the college, students should develop the habit of learning, the kind of learning­ broad enough to permit changes in vocational direction and escape the limitations of narrow perspective caused by ignorance. Therefore, the most effective academic community is an open one, a place where scholars and students together explore the multiple disciplines that make up the college curriculum. Students grow from association with mature men and women committed to Christian scholarship.

General education requirements total 48 semester hours. Certain lower- and upper-division courses in general education are required of all students. The specified course options listed below provide broad knowledge and skills to support major programs­. Since some majors require specific courses, students must check with their major advisor for details regarding individual department requirements.

In keeping with the University Mission, the General Education requirement helps produce culturally aware and biblically competent servants of Jesus Christ who are equipped and motivated to be a transforming force in the church and world. The School of Arts and Sciences seeks to carry out this mission by laying a foundation for lifelong learning, enhancing and complementing the academic majors, and providing an integrated Christian worldview. The following chart identifies and relates learning outcomes to the various disciplines within the General Education component. A graduate of Multnomah University should be able to:

LEARNING OUTCOMES GENERAL ED DISCIPLINES
Think critically. (UGE.1) All
Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and speaking. (UGE.2) All
Conduct qualitative research and solve problems using quantitative reasoning and scientific methodology. (UGE.3) English Composition and Literature, History, Social Science and Psychology, Communication, Natural Science, Mathematics.
Summarize the major events and movements that shaped Western culture in its geographic, social and political systems. (UGE.4) English Composition and Literature, History, Fine Arts
Value the dynamic relationship of the physical body and habits of wellness. (UGE.5) Physical Education, Natural Science
Explore issues of personal development and the principles of human relationships in a culturally diverse world. (UGE.6) English Composition and Literature, History, Social Science and Psychology, Natural Science
Demonstrate an appreciation of the arts, literature, and other cultures. (UGE.7) English Composition and Literature, Fine Arts, History, Communication
Practice lifelong learning. (UGE.8) All

Program Integration

Students should complete the majority of general education­ courses by the end of the sophomore year as dis­played in the program of study. Students must complete Eng 120 College Writing during the freshman year, and Eng 220 Critical Reading and Writing in the sophomore year. Writing Foundations, if required, must be completed in the first semester. Information about CLEP and AP credit for general education­ is available from the registrar.