Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Liberal Studies

In Fall 2005, this Liberal Studies Program took affect for incoming students.  In Fall 2019, a new general education program, titled Rock Integrated Studies Program took affect for incoming freshmen.

The program contains six critical goals or areas of study. For each area, students select one or two classes from a selection of “goal courses.” In addition, in some areas of study, students select a course from a wide class selection identified as “enrichment courses.” These courses provide the opportunity to broaden and deepen knowledge in the goal area.

For assistance with the liberal studies requirements, please contact Academic Services at 724-738-2012 or Academic Records and Registration at 724-738-2010.

Goal I: Basic Requirements

The educated person must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written modes using varied media and information sources. A university education should give attention to encouraging intellectual levels that will equip the individual for an energetic and productive life.

Goal Courses (9 credits)

Some students may be exempted from one or more of the required courses based on entrance examination and/or pertinent experience. If students are exempted from a required goal course, no credit will be awarded, and the student will still be required to complete at least 45 credits of liberal studies coursework. Some students may be required to take additional courses to develop basic academic requirements in mathematics. However, credits earned in those courses are not applicable toward the credits required for a baccalaureate degree.

The Basic Requirement courses are subject to continuous registration. Students during the first semester of enrollment will be placed into the appropriate Basic Requirement course(s). Students who receive an “NC” in these courses must repeat the course(s) the following semester. After the first week of classes students may not withdraw from Basic Requirement courses.

Goal II: The Arts

Through the creative process, writers and artists express, challenge, and extend societal values. To understand our own and other cultures, one must come to terms with artistic efforts. Ideally, such understanding will lead to experiences in which the individual seeks to be a participant in the arts, finding creative ways to express feelings and insights.

Goal Courses (3 credits)

It is strongly recommended that all students enrolled in arts goal courses attend a minimum of two arts events.

Goal III: Global Community

The educated person who is aware of other people, places and values exhibits an enlightened perspective and appreciates cultural diversity. The university must assist in developing insights and skills, which will enable every student to value humanity’s worth, dignity and contributions.

Goal Courses (9 credits)

Three credits of US courses and six credits of non-US courses taken will meet the requirement. The modern language courses used to satisfy the BA requirement may not be used in the portion of this global community perspective block.

Goal IV: Human Institutions and Interpersonal Relationships

Our society depends heavily upon groups, organizations and institutions to function. The student will demonstrate an understanding of individual and group behavior by developing cooperative work strategies, examining individual and societal values, and exploring social issues.

Goal Courses (3 credits)

Goal V: Science, Technology and Mathematics

The educated person studies science, technology and mathematics not only to master specific disciplinary content, but also to understand the modes of thought and methods of inquiry of the scientist.

Rigorous, disciplined inquiry enables us to access information and process that enhance physical well being and our natural resource use.

Goal Courses (9-10 credits)

Students are required to have one laboratory experience from the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology.

Goal VII: Challenges of the Modern Age

The essential characteristic of the educated person is the ability to weigh alternatives and make thoughtful choices. The rapidly changing world in which we live demands that we all make enormously difficult decisions, choosing wisely and responsibly in an area of competing persuasions. Courses in Goal VII will have a minimum prerequisite of “Advanced Standing.”

Goal Courses (3 Credits)

Enrichment Courses (9 credits)

Students must choose one course from each of three of the following four areas:

  1. The Arts (Select one-three credit course or three different one-credit courses)
  2. Global Community
  3. Human Institutions and Interpersonal Relationships
  4. Science, Technology and Mathematics