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GEN 111 Critical and Academic Thought

This course is designed to provide adult students with an introduction to the expectations and opportunities of college-level study. Throughout the course, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills are emphasized in the exploration and evaluation of significant ideas. In addition, the course specifically addresses the academic, study, personal, and interpersonal skills required for success in accelerated learning situations. Students will also participate in and evaluate group learning interactions. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 131 Critical Thinking and Health Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of the Accelerated Learning Program. Through readings, discussion, investigation, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking as it is related to the health sciences. Students will review the scientific method as it applies to general chemistry, microbiology, and physics, using experiments, observations, and measurements to critically analyze scientific concepts and content. The course addresses the thinking and learning skills required for success as an adult student including time management, self-directed and collaborative learning, communication skills, the conventions of academic research and scientific study, and personal study skills. Study group formation, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included. 4 credit hours. Prerequisites: None. Offered as needed.

GEN 221 Cultural Interaction: Early American Experiences

This course examines the ways in which the widely divergent cultures of seventeenth and eighteenth century North America interacted with each other and with their specific environments. The course uses historical, anthropological, social, economic, and political perspectives to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the American past, and the complex nature of global cultural interactions of which the colonial American experience is an example. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 231 Creativity and Expression

This course explores forms of creative expression in visual, performing, and literary arts. Students will critically examine a variety of works of art, using accepted terminology to describe them, while acquiring perspective about these works and the interrelationships among them. In addition, through exploring, developing, and demonstrating their creativity in one art form, students will enhance their understanding of artistic expression. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 241 Scientific Methods and Discovery

This course is an inquiry into the process of scientific discovery, its methodology, development, relationship with technology, and role in modern society. By exploring aspects of scientific inquiry, students will develop a critical awareness of scientific and technological issues, methods, and critical processes. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 300 Critical Thinking and the Adult Learner

This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of the Accelerated Learning Programs. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. In addition, the course specifically addresses self-directed and collaborative learning, the role of communication in conflict resolution, the conventions of academic research, an introduction to Medaille’s General Education themes, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Study group formation, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 303 Critical Thinking and Learning

This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of the Accelerated Learning Program. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. In addition, the course specifically addresses self-directed and collaborative learning, the role of goal setting in time management, the conventions of academic research, an introduction to Medaille’s General Education themes, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Advanced study skills, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.

GEN 310 Critical Thinking and Online Studies

This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of college-level online learning and critical thinking. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills as they are used in the analysis of significant ideas. The course specifically addresses the challenges of online self-directed learning, the demands of online communication, the conventions of academic research, and the study and personal skills required for success as an adult student. Study team dynamics, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included. 4 credit hours. Offered as needed.