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General Education

The baccalaureate degree at MSU is a total of 120 semester hours with 36 hours committed to general education. This consists of a 18-hour core that includes humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, a three-hour first-year seminar, and three hours of senior capstone. In associate degree programs, students must complete a 15-hour core in general education that includes First Year Seminar (3 hours), Writing I and Writing II (3 hours each), Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 hours), and a math reasoning course (3 hours). 

The General Education Program was designed to develop and assess progress in students’ writing, presentation, and critical thinking skills using pre- and post-tests and common rubrics. Implementation of value-added, longitudinal assessment for MSU students now begins in the first-year seminar and culminates in the capstone course.

The general education program provides a foundation of knowledge and skills vital for all students. The curriculum provides students with the attributes needed to participate intelligently and responsibly in the discourses that shape the communities in which they live. General education is more than the acquisition of information or skills for daily life; it transcends the merely factual to raise and engage evaluative and philosophical questions. General education submits the fundamental principles and suppositions of a body of knowledge to inquiry and discussion. It challenges students to uncover and examine the assumptions under which they operate. General education aims to form in students a questioning spirit that will continue through their college career and their life as a whole and provide the grounds for development of the kind of people who can secure their own well-being while contributing to their communities, their professions and the world in which they live. Approved Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs) form the foundation for student achievement, curriculum development and program assessment.

General Education Council

The General Education Council is responsible for the management of the General Education Program. The General Education Council is a standing committee chaired by Dr. Laurie Couch, associate provost, with representatives approved by the vote of the Faculty Senate.


General Education Review Taskforce 

The General Education Review Taskforce is an ad hoc group tasked with reviewing the general education program to insure that it meets best practices and achieves academic goals.


General Education Resources

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    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Admissions
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Financial Aid
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Accounting & Financial Services (Student Billing)
    207 Howell-McDowell, Morehead, KY 40351
  • Registrar
    201 Ginger Hall, Morehead, KY 40351
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