General Education Philosophy
Midstate College is dedicated to the preservation of the free enterprise system and realizes that critical thinking, integration of knowledge, understanding of scientific processes and technology, and an awareness of our social, political, and cultural heritage are valuable beyond the immediate experience. Committed to the education of the total individual, Midstate College requires, within most of the degree programs, a minimum of 25 percent of the student's coursework to be in courses that reflect general education objectives. Substantial opportunities to develop, perfect, and polish skills in oral and written communication are offered within the area of general education. A primary objective of Midstate College is to encourage students to become active participants in the process of inquiry and to develop an ongoing process for the acquisition and integration of information for practical and creative application throughout their lives.
Midstate College promotes the following general education objectives and encourages students to pursue these objectives as the goal of a well-educated person.
- Effectively communicate in writing by developing coherent essays, critical analyses, research papers, and documents using appropriate language, grammar, and documentation.
- Utilize effective oral communication skills to develop and deliver speeches and presentations that are organized and coherent.
- Demonstrate ethical reasoning by distinguishing between right and wrong through evaluation and analysis of contemporary ethical issues.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing issues, problems, and texts, taking into account contrasting points of view and adopting a position supported by evidence.
- When given a problem, demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills by generating solutions and recommending a course of action.
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills by contributing productively in small groups by assuming accountability, modeling appropriate behaviors, recognizing strengths and weaknesses of other individuals and the importance of compromise.
- Practice tolerance in diverse and multi-cultural settings.
- Demonstrate professionalism with self-management skills including goal setting and time management.
Fine Arts Courses
Language Arts Course
American Sign Language Course
Environmental Science Course
Life Science Course
Physical Science Courses
Social Science Course
Political Science Course