Essential Studies Program

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Philosophy of Essential Studies

Students are members of a broader society dependent on their meaningful contributions for its success. Chadron State College embraces this vision, recognizing the need to serve the region within the context of an increasingly global and more complex world in need of creative solutions to a never-ending supply of challenges and opportunities. The Essential Studies Program at Chadron State provides an integrated, coherent learning experience to prepare students for a life of responsible inquiry.

Institutional Focus Areas and Student Learning Outcomes

Essential Studies Structural Criteria

  1. All first year students will take six (6) course credits of interdisciplinary, issue- or theme-based First Year Inquiry (FYI) to orient them to the Essential Studies Program, critical inquiry, and creative problem solving. This experience may be a single six-credit course or two three-credit courses. Students will attempt to complete the six-credit FYI requirement within the first thirty (30) credits taken at CSC. Students who fail to meet this requirement may have a hold placed on their registrations each semester until they complete the six-credit FYI requirement. While this hold is in place, whenever students register they must enroll in at least one FYI course.
  2. Students are required to complete three (3) course credits to satisfy each outcome in the Skills, Modes of Inquiry, Personal and Social Responsibility, and Capstone Integration areas (Outcomes 2-12).
  3. Some Essential Studies courses may be team-taught, six-credit interdisciplinary courses that have been approved to address two Essential Studies Outcomes (Outcomes 2-12).
  4. A single three-credit Essential Studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.
  5. Up to nine (9) Essential Studies Program credits can apply toward any comprehensive major, while up to six (6) credits can apply toward a subject major. Those same credits can apply to up to 9 hours of a minor. 
  6. Some degree programs have accrediting or licensing standards that specify Essential Studies Program courses; check the program requirements for the major you are seeking and contact an academic advisor for suggested courses.
  7. Students who have completed an Associate Degree from a regionally accredited institution, which includes all Nebraska community colleges, will have met all Essential Studies requirements, if their earlier coursework includes 30 or more credit hours of general studies courses. Completion of specific lower division courses may also be required in individual degree programs. Students with an Associate of Applied Science, or an Associate of Occupational Studies degree should check with the CSC Records Office for specific details regarding additional Essential Studies credits that may be required for graduation.
  8. Students who have completed previous course work from another accredited institution that may not have a direct equivalent at CSC for a substitution request may petition for credit for that outcome. Forms and procedures are outlined on the Essential Studies Web Site (www.csc.edu/esp) 
  9. Essential Studies requirements may vary based on program. Refer to your program within this catalog.

Additional background information on the framework of the twelve Essential Studies Student Learning Outcomes is located on the Essential Studies Program website. (www.csc.edu/esp

Placement Tests & Score Requisites for Student Learning Outcomes #1 and #2

ACT1 English & Reading Scores Required Course(s)
If either score is below 19 Meet with the Director of Transitional Studies to discuss additional requirements for successful enrollment in First Year Inquiry (Outcome #1) and Writing (Outcome #2) courses.
If both scores are between 19-25 Enroll in First Year Inquiry (Outcome #1) and any SLO #2 course (ENG 135 is encouraged).
If either score is 26 or above Enroll in First Year Inquiry (Outcome #1) and any SLO #2 course (ENG 136 or ENG 137 is encouraged).
1

Or equivalent SAT score or other qualifying assessment approved by the Director of Transitional Studies.

Transfer Students without an AA/AS degree must satisfy the above requirements, or equivalent preparation based upon review of your transcripts by the Director of Transitional Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes and Courses

First Year Inquiry (FYI) (6 course credits)

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 1

Students will practice skills involved in Critical Inquiry and Creative Problem Solving through interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of a specific issue or theme.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
HEALTH CARE I: A CHOICE OR A RIGHT
ENEMY MINE: THE EXTREME OTHER
THE NATION AND THE GLOBE
MONSTERS AND MAGIC
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: BEYOND THE SOUND BITES
A POX ON YOU: THE BIOLOGICAL, LEGAL AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE: THE SCIENCE OF ART AND THE ART OF SCIENCE
MATHLETICS: NOT FOR SPECTATORS
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF EVERYDAY THINGS
A BETTER YOU-THROUGH FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
IMPROVING YOUR INFLUENCE: THROUGH THE POWER OF INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE
VIRTUE AND THE WARRIOR SPIRIT
10,000 B.C., GREAT PLAINS, NORTH AMERICA: HUMAN SURVIVAL AND THE ENVIRONMENT
MAKING CENTS OF PETROLEUM
PRIVATE PARTS: THE PSYCHOSOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SEXUALITY
HEALTH CARE II: A CHOICE OR A RIGHT
WITHOUT THE ARTS, YOU'RE ONLY HALF A BRAIN
STUDY OF NATURAL DISASTERS
NUTRITION, WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS
LITERATURE AND PRACTICE OF WORLD RELIGIONS
SURVIVAL SKILLS 101
PLANTS, BEVERAGES-HUMAN HISTORY
FORGIVENESS
HOME ON THE RANGE
LEARNING TO SERVE
THE 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN ROAD
FOOTBALL, AMERICAN STYLE
HAPPINESS
STUDY THE WORLD
ANALYZING ADOLESCENCE
FASHIONOMICS
RELATIONSHIPS 2.0
INTO THE MARTIAL ARTS
TOPICS IN FIRST YEAR INQUIRY 2
MATTERS OF OPINION
ZOMBIEPOCALYPSE; ZOMBIES IN POPULAR CULTURE
GAZE ANATOMY: GENDER, RACE, SEXUALITY AND CLASS IN MEDIA
MUSIC AND THE MIND
OPENING PANDORA'S MUSIC BOX
Total Credits6
2

see  www.csc.edu/esp for current list of options

Skills (12 course credits)

Students will develop intellectual and practical skills, including proficiency in written, oral, and visual communication; inquiry techniques; critical and creative thinking; quantitative techniques and applications; information acquisition and assessment; teamwork; and problem-solving.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 2

Students will use writing as a tool for learning and thinking, and will compose texts that address diverse writing situations purposefully, making appropriate use of evidence and conventions, including Standard Edited English.

Select one of the following:3
RHETORIC AND WRITING
TOPICS IN WRITING
TECHNICAL WRITING
Total Credits3

NOTE: Students pursuing select programs of study may need to complete two courses in this skill set; see individual program requirements for details.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 3

Students will demonstrate communication competence in two or more of the following ways:

  1. by making oral presentations with supporting materials,
  2. by leading and participating in problem-solving teams,
  3. by employing a repertoire of communication skills for developing and maintaining professional and personal relationships, or
  4. by employing listening skills.
Select one of the following:3
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATING IN GROUPS AND TEAMS
PRESENTATIONAL SPEAKING
CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION
Total Credits3

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 4

Students will demonstrate the application of mathematical terminology, expressions, and logical reasoning abilities to model, draw inferences, and to mathematically solve problems within our world.

The following matrices are designed to aid the student in enrolling in the appropriate Mathematics course. If a student’s ACT3 Math Score is 1-18, the student should meet with the Director of Transitional Studies to discuss additional requirements for successful enrollment in SLO #4.

ACT Math Score Recommended Math Course
Below 16 MATH 101 Pre-Algebra4
16-18 MATH 102 Pre-College Algebra4
3

 Or equivalent SAT score or other qualifying assessment approved by the Director of Transitional Studies.

4

NOTE: MATH 101 PRE-ALGEBRA and MATH 102 PRE-COLLEGE ALGEBRA are prerequisite courses; they do not fulfill SLO 4.

If a student’s ACT Math Score is 19 or higher, the student should be enrolled as follows:

High School Background Placement for Mathematis Courses
No Algebra MATH 133 Introduction to Mathematics, 3 course credits.
1 Year Algebra MATH 132 Applied Mathematics, 3 course credits OR MATH 137 Math Topics for Elementary Teachers, 3 course credits (if El. Ed. Major) OR MATH 232 Applied Statistics, 3 course credits.
1 Year Algebra and 1 Year Geometry MATH 142 College Algebra, 4 course credits.
2 Years Algebra MATH 138 Applied Calculus, 3 course credits OR MATH 142 College Algebra, 4 course credits OR MATH 232 Applied Statistics, 3 course credits.
2 Years Algebra and 1 Year Geometry MATH 134 Plane Trigonometry, 3 course credits OR MATH 135 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, 3 course credits.
4 Years Math (including Trigonometry) MATH 138 Applied Calculus, 3 course credits OR MATH 232 Applied Statistics, 3 course credits OR PHIL 333 Symbolic Logic, 3 course credits.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 5

Students will practice one or more creative art forms, such as music, theatre, creative writing, visual art, and the design arts.

Select three credits from the following:3
CERAMICS FOR THE NON ART MAJOR
SCULPTURE FOR THE NON ART MAJOR
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
INTRO TO GRAPHIC DESIGN
CREATIVE CRAFTS I
GLASS I: GLASS BLOWING
GLASS I: STAINED GLASS
GRAPHIC DESIGN I
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ORAL INTERPRETATION & PERFORMANCE STUDIES
INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING:NONFICTION
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING:FICTION
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING:POETRY
EXHIBIT DESIGN
WIND SYMPHONY (repeatable)
CONCERT CHOIR (repeatable)
GUITAR ENSEMBLE (repeatable)
CHADRON STATE COMMUNITY SYMPHONIC BAND
GUITAR CLASS
VOICE CLASS FOR NON-MAJORS
DRUMMING
WIND SYMPHONY (repeatable)
CONCERT CHOIR (repeatable)
GUITAR ENSEMBLE (repeatable)
PRINCIPLES OF ACTING
AUDITION TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES
BEGINNING DIRECTING
INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING DESIGN
and INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING DESIGN LABORATORY
INTRODUCTION TO SET DESIGN
FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE & MOVEMENT
TOPICS IN THEATRE (repeatable with change in emphasis)
Total Credits3

Modes of Inquiry (9 Course Credits)

Students will build understanding of the human condition within its social and natural contexts.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 6

Students will employ scientific methodology to analyze and explain how the natural world functions and how humans interact with it.

Select one of the following:3
RANGELAND HYDROLOGY
HUMAN BIOLOGY
and HUMAN BIOLOGY LABORATORY
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
and BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE LAB
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BOTANY
and GENERAL BIOLOGY: BOTANY LABORATORY
GENERAL BIOLOGY: ZOOLOGY
and GENERAL BIOLOGY: ZOOLOGY LABORATORY
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
FOOD SCIENCE
and FOOD SCIENCE LAB
PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE GRADES TEACHER
EARTH SCIENCE
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
NATURAL HAZARDS AND DISASTERS
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
and PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LAB
ASTRONOMY
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY
and EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY LAB
TOPICS IN GEOSCIENCE
Total Credits3

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 7

Students will examine the human condition by exploring cultural and aesthetic achievements illustrated in at least one of the disciplines in the humanities:

  • visual and performing arts
  • literature
  • history
  • philosophy
  • religion
Select one of the following:3
ELEMENTS OF ART
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN WEST
LITERATURE & PHILOSOPHY
LITERATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
NOVELS
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
ANCIENT WEST
ANCIENT EAST ASIA
HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVES
HUMANISTIC TRADITION I:CLASSICAL WORLD
HUMANISTIC TRADITION II: THE MEDIEVAL WORLD AND RENAISSANCE
HUMANISTIC TRADITION III:THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTICISM
THE HUMANISTIC TRADITION IV:MODERNISM AND POST-MODERNISM
BEAT CULTURE: FILM, PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE
FILM AND PHILOSOPHY
MODERNISM AND MANIFESTOS
CUBA LIBRE'
MUSEUM EDUCATION
MUSIC APPRECIATION
HISTORY OF JAZZ
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
ETHICS
BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT
ELEMENTS OF THEATRE
THEATRE HISTORY I
Total Credits3

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 8

Students will study human behavior and social interactions integrating knowledge, theories, methods, or historical perspectives appropriate to the social sciences.

Select one of the following:3
GREAT PLAINS 5
US HISTORY TO 1877
US HISTORY SINCE 1877
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
EUROPE: RENAISSANCE TO WORLD WAR
EUROPE SINCE 1914
US COLONIAL AND EARLY REPUBLIC
US IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
US IN THE 20TH CENTURY
NORTH AMERICAN WEST
NEBRASKA HISTORY
AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY
AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
HISTORY OF CANADA
HISTORY OF MEXICO
MODERN EAST ASIA
HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC RIM
HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
HISTORY OF AFRICA
LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
CUBA LIBRE'
HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
U.S. POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
COMPARATIVE POLITICS
THEATRE HISTORY II
Total Credits3
5

Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469C1 GREAT PLAINS in SLO #12.

Personal and Social Responsibility (9 course credits)

Students will demonstrate individual and social responsibility through the critical examination of wellness; study of ethical principles and reasoning; application of civic knowledge; interaction with diverse cultures; and engagement with global issues.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 9

Students will apply theories and principles of ethics and citizenship through the study of or participation in civic affairs.

Select one of the following:3
PERSONAL INCOME TAX
TALK DIRTY TO ME
EVENT PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP
CONSTRUCTING DIGITAL CITIZENS
SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION 6
RHETORIC AND THE ART OF WRITING
WORKSITE WELLNESS
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH
WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
SUBJECT AND CITIZEN
PHILOSOPHY AND DOCUMENTARY FILM
LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
and LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT LAB
MUSIC AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ETHICS
CIVIL DISCOURSE AND CIVIC VIRTUE
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: THEORY AND PRACTICE
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Total Credits3
6

Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469G2 SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION in SLO #12.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 10

Students will demonstrate knowledge of human diversity and interconnectedness and will analyze the implications of diversity in its various economic, cultural, social or political forms.

Select one of the following:3
AGRICULTURAL POLICY
INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ETHNOBOTANY
and ETHNOBOTANY LABORATORY
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
GLOBALIZATION, CULTURE & MEDIA
HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST 7
CROSS CULTURAL STUDIES/JUSTICE STUDIES
SURVEY OF ECONOMICS
COMPARATIVE EDUCATION
GRAPHIC NOVEL: STUDIES IN DIVERSITY & DIFFERENCE
MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
WORLD LITERATURE
FAMILIES IN SOCIETY
AGING AND DEATH
GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS
PERSONAL FINANCE
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE & ECONOMICS
THE POST-COLONIAL CONDITION
CUBA LIBRE'
COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS
WORLD MYTHOLOGY
LAW AND THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
WORLD MUSIC AND GLOBALIZATION
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC 1619-1980
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
STUDY ABROAD IN POLITICS
GLOBAL POLITICS AND RELIGION
POWER, PROSPERITY, AND POVERTY
CLASSICAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIETY: GLOBAL COMPARISONS
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE
CONVERSATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Total Credits3
7

Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469A2 HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST in SLO #12.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 11

Students will discuss current health issues and incorporate wellness practices that lead to positive personal changes in health and wellness lifestyle.

Select one of the following:3
NUTRITION
LIFESPAN WELLNESS
INDIVIDUAL SPORT ACTIVITIES
FITNESS ACTIVITIES
SOCIAL DANCE ACTIVITIES
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
TEAM SPORTS ACTIVITIES
PERSONAL HEALTH/WELLNESS
MILITARY FITNESS
Total Credits3

Capstone Integration (3 course credits)

Students will integrate Essential Studies skills, knowledge and abilities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) 12

Students will complete a culminating experience that illustrates effective application of their Essential Studies skills, modes of inquiry and personal and social responsibility through one of the following projects:

  • An Essential Studies Capstone course (CAP 469 prefix) where students produce a creative or scholarly work requiring broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, interpretation, synthesis, presentation, and reflection that grows out of interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of a specific issue or theme. Approved courses also appear on the Essential Studies Program website, and include:
    Select one of the following: 83
    HOW TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST
    HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST 9
    CUBA LIBRE'
    GREAT PLAINS
    GREAT PLAINS 10
    WEIGHT OF THE NATION
    OUTSIDE:YOUR SELF IN THE WORLD
    TALKING HEADS
    SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION
    SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION 11
    POETICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF WALKING
    COMPOSING A PUBLIC LIFE
    TOPICS IN CAPSTONE INTEGRATION 12
    THE CREATIVE MIND
    Total Credits3
    8

     Some CAP courses may be offered for more than three credits to satisfy previous catalog requirements or to facilitate team-teaching. See your advisor to determine how the additional credits will be applied.

    9

    Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469A1 HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST in SLO #10.

    10

     Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469C2 GREAT PLAINS in SLO #8.

    11

     Must be taken concurrently with CAP 469G1 SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION in SLO #9.

    12

     see  www.csc.edu/esp for current list of options

  • A capstone, independent study or other advanced-project course within a specific department or program that meets SLO #12 criteria and has been approved by the Essential Studies Program committee. Successful completion of the project will include a presentation illustrating the application of Capstone Integration outcomes as outlined on the Essential Studies Program website. 
Select one of the following:3
BIOLOGY CAPSTONE
EDUCATION CAPSTONE 13
PROFESSIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Total Credits3
13

  Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 490 TEACHER INTERNSHIP - STUDENT TEACHING.