Nov 22, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Exploring General Studies


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Department:  General Studies
College of Arts and Sciences


Exploring General Studies (E.G.S.) program
Kettler Hall 145 - 260-481-6136

Rhonda Meriwether, Academic Advisor


The Exploring General Studies (E.G.S.) program

The Exploring General Studies (E.G.S.) program provides a supportive environment; offers class scheduling and curriculum information; assists with decision-making; and furnishes information on time management, study skills, academic planning, and connecting students with campus resources.

Students offered conditional admission to PFW are advised in the Exploring General Studies (E.G.S.) program. Students taking part in the E.G.S. program must attend Advising and Registration and New Student Orientation where they will find out more about the program and sign their participation agreement.  Students in the E.G.S. program will be assigned a Focus major of study and register for a one credit IDIS 11000: Freshmen Success course during their first semester. Students who do not earn a “C-“or higher in the class will be required to repeat the class during their second term and must earn a “C-“or higher to meet program requirements. Students will be required to meet regularly with their academic advisor, earn a minimum GPA of a 2.0 each semester that they are in the program, and complete at least 24 (dual credit, AP and transfer credit is included) credits to be released from the program and declare their major.

Definitions:

Conditionally Admitted Student: The following students will be offered conditional admission:

  • High School (HA) admits with a high school GPA 2.0-2.49 and one of the following; SAT composite 840+ (420+ math), ACT 16 (15+ math)
  • Adult (AD) admits: students who graduated high school more than two years prior
  • GED/HSE (GE): GED 540-570, HSE 2764-3019
  • Transfer (TR): students with less than 30 hours of transfer credit and below a 2.0 transfer GPA, or greater than a 2.0 transfer GPA with a high school GPA 2.0-2.49 or test scores per the SAT/ACT/GED/HSE ranges above will be admitted to a focus in E.G.S.

By accepting their offer of admission and enrolling in classes, students are agreeing to adhere to the conditions of their admission.

Program Release:

Students in the Exploring General Studies program must earn a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative PFW GPA of at least 2.0 and earn a “C-” or higher in IDIS 11000.

Early Release:

Students may be released and declare their major early if they have completed their first semester, earned at least 12 credits, earned at least a C- in IDIS 11000, and earned a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher.

Ineligible to Enroll

Students not fulfilling the requirements of the Exploring General Studies program will be ineligible to enroll for one semester. Students who wish to appeal their ineligibility must speak with their academic advisor and submit an appeal form to the Director of General Studies. Students who wish to return to PFW after their period of ineligibility ends will be required to follow the re-entry process through the Office of Admissions. Ineligible students who are also academically dismissed, per notification by the Office of the Registrar, will be required to follow the re-admission process through the Office of Admissions.

Focus:

Exploring General Studies students are assigned one of the following Focus majors:

Business & Leadership Focus


Students who choose the Business & Leadership focus have an interest in solving problems, inspiring others, social justice, and/or engaging in the community. Many who choose this focus would describe themselves as goal-oriented, innovative, organized, strategic and motivated. Those in Business & Leadership are thoughtful decision makers and may consider themselves to be balanced people or have balanced interests, meaning they have varied skills and abilities. For example, someone in this focus may like working with people in a management, business or political environment, but not in profession akin to social work or nursing. Some skills related to majors and careers in tis focus: problem solving, global awareness, communication, ethical reasoning skills, commitment, integrity, courage, straightforwardness and imagination.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A1 - Written Communication 2nd Semester


General Education A2 - Speaking & Listening


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


Please see your Academic Advisor to discuss math options

General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B4 class

General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Major Related Courses


Work with your Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting 6 credit hours from the following classes. Only take BUS 10001 if interested in Business as a major. Students interested in teaching should consider EDU 20000.

Education Focus


Students who choose the Education focus have a passion for youth and making a difference. Many who choose this focus want to do public good and have an impact on the world, which can have a wide-reaching impact. Those in Education prepare the next generation and nurture the public. Some interested in this focus want to work with children, but not in a traditional classroom and there are ways within this focus to explore those options.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A1 - Written Communication 2nd Semester


ENGL 23301 is only required for Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Middle School Language Arts majors

General Education A2 - Speaking & Listening


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


Please see your Academic Advisor to discuss math options

General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


2nd General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


Students interested in teaching English/Language Arts should take LING 10300. Students interested in teaching Social Studies/History should take POL 10300.

General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Introduction to Education


Engineering & Science Focus


Students who choose the Engineering & Science focus enjoy solving problems and are generally very analytical, linear, rational and theoretical. Many seek to understand things on a higher level - why things work the way they do, not simply how they work. Those who choose this focus enjoy complex puzzles and games that involve strategy and love the challenge of applying scientific/locial methods to solve problems. Most within this focus excel in math and data analysis and/or have an interest in understanding more about the world in which we live. Research in areas such as the natural world, environment, human body, computer programming and other technical systems are generally of interest to students who choose this focus.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A1 - Written Communication 2nd Semester


Any General Education A1 2nd Semester Writing class

General Education A2 - Speaking & Listening


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


Please see your Academic Advisor to discuss math options

General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B5 class

General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Polytechnic Focus


Students who choose the Polytechnic focus enjoy working with their hands and like to tinker with electronic devices, motorized vehicles, computers, etc. Many people within this focus like learning practical technical skills and want to use science to make things better and/or more efficient. Those who choose this focus tend to be inquisitive and enjoy the design, development and management of projects ranging from manufacturing and electrical systems to databases and computer systems. Those who have an interest in construction and the operation end as well as the creation of a project plan to help meet the needs of organizations, enterprise or society are found within this focus.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A1 - Written Communication 2nd Semester


General Education A2 - Speaking & Listening


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


Please see your Academic Advisor to discuss math options

General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B6 class

General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Social Science & Humanities Focus


The social sciences and humanities are academic disciplines that examine human culture and society, as well as relationships among individuals. The humanities are those disciplines that focus on human belief systems, human culture and art, societies, relationships and in the ways in which humans express themselves and create meaning. The social sciences investigate and analyze human nature and behavior, including human social structures and governments as well as how humans communicate with each other within these social structures. This broad focus is concerned with understanding human institutions, how the mind works and how we interact with one another. Students in this focus are caring, compassionate, able to improvise and often choose helping professions. Others within this focus are curious about the world and its people, cultures, societies, relationships, language and belief systems. Still others are interested in how we construct governing bodies, how the mind works, how we interact in society and how we express ourselves and create meaning. Some skills and attributes related to majors and careers in this focus include the following: global awareness, communication, critical thinking and reasoning skills, empathy, compassion, a desire to learn new concepts and theories and open-mindedness. Students who choose majors in this focus are often interested in how many different disciplines work together to help paint a broad picture of the world in which we live, and they use this broad understanding of the world in order to solve problems, analyze situations, data and texts, and communicate clearly within the global marketplace.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A1 - Written Communication 2nd Semester


General Education A2 - Speaking & Listening


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


Please see your Academic Advisor to discuss math options

General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B4 class

General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Major Related Courses


Work with your Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting 6 credit hours from the following classes. Students interested in teaching should consider EDU 20000.

Visual & Performing Arts Focus


Students within the Visual & Performing Arts focus seek to understand the non-verbal language of art, are creative and wish to express themselves using a myriad of methods: visually, vocally, with an instrument and using design techniques/methods. Most within this focus appreciate and value art and artistic expression and wish to become familiar or more familiar with the major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of leading artists past and present. Those within this focus value an environment that encourages free and open inquiry, diversity, the cultivation of creativity and artistic collaboration.

Suggested Courses: Credits 30


A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education requirements. Select English and math based on placement and major interest with your Academic Advisor.

Student Success Course


General Education A1 - Written Communication


General Education A3 - Quantitative Reasoning


General Education B4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B4 class

General Education B5 - Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing


General Education B6 - Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B6 class

General Education B7 - Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing


Any General Education B7 Class.

Major Related Courses II


Work with your Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting 3 credit hours from the following classes. Students interested in teaching should consider EDU 20000.

Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program/major.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions/waivers to any requirement must be petitioned in writing and approved by the appropriate Dean, Director or Chair.

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