ONU’s learning outcomes are embedded in a curriculum that includes the following:
1. Transitions Experience
This course facilitates the student’s transition from high school to college life. Students can receive credit only once for a transitions experience. Other attributes of this course shall be:
- Mandatory for all undergraduate students during their first semester of study as a degree-seeking student. Transfer students with 24 credits or more as a degree-seeking student may be waived from this course at the discretion of the student’s respective college of enrollment.
- Demonstrates ties between General Education and the major or potential major.
- Addresses the General Education learning outcome on Critical and Creative Thinking.
- Designed and delivered by the individual colleges.
- The Transitions Experience course may satisfy other requirements of degree programs that the colleges establish.
2. Writing Seminar
This course emphasizes English-writing skills. Other attributes of this course shall be:
- Mandatory for all undergraduate students during their first year of study unless the English department approves transfer credit from another institution of higher education.
- Addresses the Effective Written Communication general education learning outcome.
- Class size shall be restricted to 20 students per section.
- The student must successfully complete the Writing Seminar course with a grade of “C” or better.
- The Department of English shall administer this seminar.
- The Writing Seminar may satisfy other requirements of degree programs that the colleges establish.
3. Diverse Cultures Seminar
Courses approved as supporting an understanding of diverse cultures will be offered in a seminar format with high-impact learning pedagogy. These courses will be limited to 18 students and will require students to produce a substantive written assignment with revision. Faculty who would like to have their course identified as meeting this learning outcome should submit the diversity seminar form to Dr. Hurtig or one of the other members of the General Education Committee for committee review.
4. Additional Courses
Academic courses supporting the general education learning outcomes may satisfy other requirements of degree programs that the colleges establish.
The student must successfully complete all other approved academic courses according to the grading standard that the student’s college determines.
More than 250 courses are now part of this general education program. A list of the courses that support each learning outcome can be found in the student’s Degreeworks audit under the “ONU General Education” block. A master list of these courses is available via the link below.
ONU General Education Master List of Courses (May 8, 2019 updated)