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Status Report for the Adoption and Implementation
of Missouri's General Education Credit Transfer Policy


General Education Reporting Matrix -- Social & Behavioral Sciences

 State-Level Goals
Skill Areas

Institutional Competencies

Courses and Credit Hours



To develop students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content the processes used by historians and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. (Students must fulfill the state statute requirements for the United States and Missouri constitutions.)

Students will demonstrate the ability to...

describe and apply the basic principles and methods of scientific inquiry that historians, social, and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

identify and evaluate the different theories that social and behavioral scientists use to explain the behavior and interaction among individuals, groups, and institutions.

describe the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.

understand the development of and changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.

analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.

describe and evaluate social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.

understand and analyze the main figures and problems of American history.

articulate an interpretation of history.

describe and evaluate the role of government.

explain the shared ideas and values of American political culture set forth in basic documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

explain the impact of racial, religious, socioeconomic, regional, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of American society on American political culture.

explain the importance of adhering to constitutional values and principles in managing conflicts over diversity.

explain the basic structure of Missouri government and the relationship between state governments and the Federal government.

3 credit hours Social and Behavioral Science

Any social science class, PSY113 OR higher and SOC113 OR higher. (All 3 hours courses)

Any social science class, PSY113 OR higher and SOC113 OR higher. (All 3 hours courses)

SOC113 (General Sociology)
SOC160 (Ethnicity & Cultural Differences in America)

SOC160 (Ethnicity & Cultural Differences in America)

SOC113(General Sociology)
SOC160(Ethnicity & Cultural Differences in America)

SOC113 (General Sociology)

BUS293(Principles of Macroeconomics)
BUS294(Principles of Microeconomics)

6 credit hours History and Political Science, with the following possible combinations:

A. American History I (HIS123) and American History II (HIS124);
B. American National Government (POS113) and American State and Local Government (POS114);
C. American History I (HIS123) and American National Government (POS113) or American State and Local Government (POS114);
D. American National Government (POS113) and American History I (HIS123) or American History II (HIS124).




Black History Month

Women's History Month

Holocaust Remembrance Week

Multicultural Club

Student Government

1. All courses use a multiple-measures pedagogy that includes both formative and summative evaluation.

2. Each semester, periodic department-level meetings review courses and student performance.

3. A faculty General Education Committee will review the program annually.

4. Faculty members, The Dean of Arts and Sciences, The Director of Assessment, and The Dean of Students meet monthly on an assessment committee.