CIS General Education Requirements
Area One: Communication and Creative Arts
- Courses examining oral and written communication practices and the nature of creativity.
- Courses situating creative works, and judgments about those creative works, in their appropriate social and historical context.
- Courses developing the student’s capacity for communication through art, composition, speech, music, or other media.
Area Two: Language and Cross-Cultural Studies
- Courses exploring those habits of thought and feeling that distinguish regions, countries, and cultures from one another.
- Courses discussing, in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, the concepts, patterns, and trends that characterize contemporary global issues.
- Courses developing the student’s capacity to critically analyze how categories of difference are organized within and across cultures.
- Courses developing the student’s capacity to understand and speak modern and ancient languages.
Area Three: History, Philosophy, and Religion
- Courses exploring the diverse historical, philosophical, and religious traditions that have shaped the world.
- Courses developing the student’s ability to critically and comparatively reflect on cultural issues both past and present.
Area Four: Social Institutions and Behavior
- Courses considering the institutions, systems, and patterns of governance that underlie contemporary societies.
- Courses developing the student’s capacity to critically reflect on the relationships within and between the individual and the institutions, systems, and patterns of society.
Area Five: Science and Mathematics
- Courses investigating the natural world and the living forms that inhabit it.
- Courses developing problem-solving skills and utilizing the scientific method to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
- Courses analyzing the role of science in public discourse and in addressing societal problems.