General Education

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.

  1. Effectively communicate in writing by developing coherent essays, critical analyses, research papers, and documents using appropriate language, grammar, and documentation.
  2. Utilize effective oral communication skills to develop and deliver speeches and presentations that are organized and coherent.
  3. Demonstrate ethical reasoning by distinguishing between right and wrong through evaluation and analysis of contemporary ethical issues.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing issues, problems, and texts, taking into account contrasting points of view and adopting a position supported by evidence.
  5. When given a problem, demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills by generating solutions and recommending a course of action.
  6. 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.
  7. Practice tolerance in diverse and multi-cultural settings.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism with self-management skills including goal setting and time management.


Communications Courses
Course IAI Code
ENG109: Principles of Speech C2 900
ENG111: Business Communications
ENG116: Composition C1 900R
ENG117: Advanced Composition C1 901R
ENG120: Interpersonal Communications


English Courses
Course IAI Code
ENG185: Introduction to Literature H3 900
ENG230: Masterpieces of Literature H3 906
ENG300: Introduction to Non-fictional Prose
ENG310: Technical Writing
ENG319: Survey of American Literature I H3 914
ENG320: Survey of American Literature II H3 915
ENG330: Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG331: Creative Writing: Literary Non-fiction
ENG340: The American Short Story H3 901
Fine Arts Courses
Course IAI Code
FA110: Art Appreciation F2 900
FA120: Music Appreciation F1 900
FA300: 20th Century American Fine Arts I HF 900
FA301: 20th Century American Fine Arts II HF 901
Humanities Courses
Course IAI Code
HUM110: Human Potential
HUM130: World Religions H5 904N
HUM200: International Studies
Language Arts Course
Course IAI Code
LA110: Conversational Spanish
American Sign Language Course
Course IAI Code
ASL100: Introduction to American Sign Language
Philosophy Courses
Course IAI Code
PHI101: Introduction to Philosophy H4 900
PHI220: Ethics H4 904

Life Sciences

Biology Courses
Course IAI Code
BIO110: Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO111: Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (2 hrs)
BIO120: Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO121: Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (2 hrs)
BIO200: Principles of Microbiology (6 hrs)
Environmental Science Course
Course IAI Code
GEO142: Environmental Issues (6 hrs) L1 905
Life Science Course
Course IAI Code
LS110: Concepts of Biology (6 hrs) L1 900

Physical Sciences

Physical Science Courses
Course IAI Code
CHE105: Introduction to Chemical Principles (6 hrs) P1 902L
CHE106: Introduction to Chemistry P1 902
CHE107: Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (2 hrs)
MET101: Principles of Weather (6 hrs) P1 905L


Mathematics Courses
Course IAI Code
AH155: Mathematics for Medications
BUS232: Business Statistics BUS 902
BUS310: Quantitative Analysis (Advanced Statistics)
MAT110: Business Mathematics
MAT135: General Education Mathematics (6 hrs)
MAT140: College Algebra
MAT145: Discrete Mathematics
MAT158: Trigonometry
MAT161: Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (6 hrs)
MAT170: Calculus I (6 hrs) M1 900-1

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Economics Courses
Course IAI Code
ECO144: Introduction to Macroeconomics S3 901
ECO145: Introduction to Microeconomics S3 902
ECO342: Economics of Globalization
ECO348: Urban Economic Development
Social Science Course
Course IAI Code
GEO140: World Regional Geography S4 900N
History Courses
Course IAI Code
HIS120: Western Civilization I S2 902
HIS121: Western Civilization II S2 903
HIS122: Women in American History
HIS130: U.S. History I S2 900
HIS131: U.S. History II
HIS300: Contemporary World History
Political Science Course
Course IAI Code
PSC110: Introduction to American Government S5 900
Psychology Courses
Course IAI Code
PSY140: Introduction to Psychology S6 900
PSY200: Human Growth and Development S6 902
PSY305: Psychology of Deaf People and Their Culture
Sociology Courses
Course IAI Code
SOC100: Introduction to Sociology S7 900
SOC200: Marriage and Family S7 902
SOC205: Health and Society
SOC230: Adulthood and Aging S6 905
SOC300: Social Psychology S8 900
SOC310: Racial and Ethnic Relations S7 903D
SOC320: Women, Gender, and Society