General Education – Capabilities

General Education customized by YOU!

At most schools, a general education curriculum consists of specific required classes and a list of content areas from which you must choose a course each.  At Eureka, we believe strongly in allowing students to tailor their learning experience to their individual needs and interests.  Our approach to General Education honors this belief.

Rather than giving you a list of set course/content area requirements to “get out of the way,” we focus on ensuring that you can demonstrate and document a set of 10 capabilities before you graduate.

For each capability, YOU can select one or more courses from among several content areas that are designated as helping to develop that capability.  During these courses, you will document your proficiency with that capability by adding examples (artifacts) to your electronic portfolio.

Once you have met proficiency standards for a capability in one course, you may check that capability off of your list or continue to add to and curate that section of your portfolio.  Our goal is for you to leave Eureka not having simply completed a set of general education coursework, but to leave Eureka being able to document that you have the skills needed to learn, serve, and lead in your chosen field, in your community, and in the world.

Learn more about each capability below.

Gen Ed Tools

Capability Courses Offered 2018/2019

Video for New Students (Fall 2018)
(13 Minutes – This video explains Eureka College’s unique general education program.)

Video for Returning Students (pre-Fall 2018)
(49 Minutes – This video will help returning students to understand their options and requirements.)

Characteristics

  • Understand and articulate the relationship between works of art and the cultures that created them.
  • Analyze the formal elements of performances and works of art using standards and vocabulary appropriate to the form and cultural context.
  • Engage in the artistic process, including conception, creation, and ongoing analysis.

Examples of Courses

  • Race in Concert Dance
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • Painting Fundamentals
  • Acting I
  • Intro to Theatrical Design

Characteristics

  • Critically evaluate and identify potential sources of appropriate and credible information.
  • Define a problem or topic scope by stating assumptions, limitations, seeking information, and clarifying causes.
  • Generate and evaluate strategies to find or generate solutions for problems which consider ethical, logical, and cultural dimensions.

Examples of Courses

  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Publishing Workshop
  • Response to Intervention

Characteristics

  • Demonstrate proficiency in written communication with language choice that is imaginative, memorable, and enhances content.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication and presentations that are compelling, polished, and communicate meaning to the audience with clarity and fluency.
  • Critically evaluate arguments and sources of information.

Examples of Courses

  • Public Speaking
  • Historical Skills

Characteristics

  • Analyze and articulate core beliefs, their historical origins, and their contemporary relevance.
  • Recognize ethical issues when presented with complex content.
  • Use a variety of data and experiences to engage in ongoing reflective practice to inform ongoing personal, academic, and professional development.

Examples of Courses

  • Ethical Reasoning Seminar: Food
  • Norms, Values, and Ethics
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Hippocratic Oath

Characteristics

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of fitness and wellness.
  • Develop a plan for lifelong fitness and wellness (both mental and physical) with goals that are clear, specific, realistic, and measurable.

Examples of Courses

  • Wellness
  • Biological Psychology
  • Health Psychology

Characteristics

  • Recognize and explain how one’s culture, political, and social lenses shape one’s  view of the world, and how this principle applies in your own case.
  • Respond sensitively to, and see the value in, cultural perspectives other than your own.
  • Identify and evaluate the social, political, historical, and aesthetic contexts of cultural productions.

Examples of Courses

  • Contact and Expression
  • Literature and Gender
  • Non-Western Literature
  • Spanish and Latin American Cultures
  • U.S. Latino Cultures
  • Race in Concert Dance

Characteristics

  • Recognize injustice when presented in a complex context.
  • Apply academic study through civic engagement to address problems of local, national, and global importance.
  • Function effectively as a member of a team by demonstrating the ability to engage in learning based on reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships.

Examples of Courses

  • Justice and the American Prison System
  • Hidden Norms of the Middle Class
  • Environmental Racism
  • The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
  • Environmental Justice
  • Mental Health in America
  • The Rise of the Individual

Characteristics

  • Demonstrate understanding of how scientific inquiry is based on evidence and that scientific understanding evolves based on new evidence and differs from personal and cultural beliefs.
  • Participate in scientific inquiry and communicate elements of the process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of research and quantitative methodologies in the sciences.  Use quantitative information effectively.

Examples of Courses

  • Research Methods (Psychology)
  • Environmental Biology
  • Intro to Environmental Science and Policy
  • Evolution for Everyone
  • Principles of Biology I
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • General Chemistry II
  • Intro to Physical Science

Characteristics

  • Participate in contextual reading of works that challenge your understanding of what it means to be human.
  • Identify and express value in key philosophical and spiritual approaches to examining your life.
  • Engage with one or more spiritual or philosophical tradition’s answers to enduring questions.

Examples of Courses

  • Myth and Literature
  • Literatures in English
  • Global Religions

Characteristics

  • Understand contemporary environmental issues, as well as the complexity of proposed solutions.
  • Understand the changing relationships between humans and nature over time.
  • Recognize interconnections among economic, environmental, and social issues to develop sustainable future-focused practices.
  • Apply academic study to address sustainability problems at various levels.

Examples of Courses

  • Nature Writing
  • American Nature Writers
  • General Chemistry I
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Science Seminar