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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

General Education

Capital University is committed to the liberal education. A liberal education readies the student for every arena of life.  Liberal Education develops intellectual skills, expands the breadth of learning through exploration of several modes of inquiry, and challenge students to examine foundational ethical and cultural assumptions. It enables students to think critically and reflective on vocation, citizenship, service, and religious and ethical commitments.

The Capital curriculum is organized into majors, minors and a university core of courses organized around twelve goals.

General Education Goals:





Academic Foundations


(Complete this goal during the first year)


*A student can be waived from First Year Seminar if they have completed 31 credit hours of a study on a college campus.

Students will be able to think critically and creatively and to understand the aims and values of liberal education.

  • Learn to use the tools, rules, and strategies of critical thinking.
  • Develop strategies of critical reading, and gain visual and information literacy.
  • Practice effective modes of communication.
  • Students will reflect on physical, intellectual, emotional and social changes they experience in their adjustment to the learning and living environment of the university community, and think intentionally about their education and college experience.
  • Explore an area of inquiry from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Reading and Writing


First-Year students must complete First-Year Seminar, Reading and Writing and Oral Communication goals during their first year


Students will be able to read critically and express ideas clearly in standard written English.

  • Compose a variety of types of effective essays complete with clearly articulated theses, convincing evidence, effective organization, appropriate paragraphing and acceptable grammatical skills.
  • Demonstrate library and Internet research skills and documentation strategy in researching at least one paper.
  • Engage in writing as a process of critiquing, revising and editing.
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate a variety of written discourse.
ACT English 28 or higher 

Students with an English ACT of 28 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 640, are waived from the Reading and Writing requirement.

Course Requirement Waived

ACT English 25-27:

Students with an English ACT of 25-27 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 560-640 can take UC 110 or ENGL 111.

Course Requirement UC 110 Reading and Writing in College  or ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 18-24:
  • Students with an English ACT of 18 or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 440-460 must take ENGL 111 (a 4-hr cognate course for UC 110 that emphasizes increased instruction in grammar and style), can not take UC 110 nor should they take ENGL 100.

Course Requirement:  Must take ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

  • Students with an English ACT scores of 19-24 or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 461-560 are expected to take ENGL 111

Course Requirement Recommended ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 17 or below
  • Students with an English ACT lower than 18 or a  SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing lower than 440 are required to take ENGL 100: Basic Writing prior to UC 110 or ENGL 111.
  • These students should enroll in ENGL 100 and UC 120 in the Fall Term of their first year, followed by UC 110 or ENGL 111 in the Spring Term of their first year.

Course Requirement: ENGL 100 Basic Writing 


All other students should enroll in either UC 110 or UC 120 in the Fall Term, followed by the other in Spring Term.
Speaking and Listening



(Complete this or Reading & Writing Skills first semester)

Students will be able to speak and listen effectively in a variety of contexts.

  • Analyze and evaluate the principles, processes and functions and modes of oral communication in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate speech purpose, utilize evidence and assemble and effectively present an oral message.
  • Describe, analyze and develop critical listening skills.
  • Develop strategies for communication in interpersonal, small group and public communication settings.


Quantitative Reasoning



(Can complete this later than first year, if needed)

Students will demonstrate the capacity for using quantitative skills, thinking logically and evaluating quantitative information critically.

  • Solve problems arising in everyday life and in a range of fields of inquiry by the application of mathematical tools.
  • Evaluate quantitative description and inference by the application of analytical methods.



Cognate Courses:


Global Awareness

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of geographic, economic, political, social and cultural realities in the contemporary world.

  • Analyze geographic, economic, political, social and cultural realities in at least two regions of the contemporary world.
  • Identify global interrelationships among those regions and explain some major current world issues and challenges.
  • Critically evaluate current media presentations of global issues and challenges.



Cognate Courses:




Cultural Diversity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and social responsibility, and explore the historical and contemporary sources of prejudice and discrimination, with primary emphasis on the United States.

  • Explain the historical and contemporary sources of prejudice and discrimination in the United States.
  • Identify the patterns of diversity and issues and problems that emerge in our pluralistic society.
  • Critique one’s own ability to assess personal behaviors, beliefs and attitudes in the development of commitments to social responsibility in our changing society.



Cognate Courses:


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of religion in life; including the basic tenets of Christianity or historical-critical approaches to biblical studies.

  • Examine the nature of religion and its role in culture and in one’s life.
  • Articulate the basic tenets of Christianity or a knowledge of the historical approaches to the Bible.
Fine Arts

Students will integrate experience, theory and context through an exploration of at least one of the arts.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of works in at least one of the arts.
  • Demonstrate the interrelationship of concepts, theory (in the general sense), practice and media in at least one of the arts.
  • Examine the significance of at least one of the arts and its influence in culture and in one’s life.


Natural Sciences


  • Students need to take a minimum of six credit hours.
  • Students take two courses, one from Group A and one from Group B.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the natural sciences, including an awareness of the relationship between the natural sciences and society.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the natural sciences as a mode of knowing.
  • Explain at least two contemporary theories or paradigms of modern science.
  • Explain the relationship between science and society.
  • Experience a laboratory component that includes experimental inquiry, data collection, and analysis.
Group A - Science and Society    (choose one)

Group B - Lab Courses   (choose one)
Social Sciences

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways social scientists analyze society, through the study of at least one of the social sciences.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the methods of inquiry used in at least one social science.
  • Identify scholar’s hypotheses, assumptions and generalizations, as well as how their research findings are limited.
  • Apply knowledge of a social science to the critical understanding of some contemporary societal issues.






Students will demonstrate an understanding of the human experience through studies that integrate history, literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts.

  • Examine representative intellectual and artistic works that express the dimensions of human experience.
  • Articulate the relatedness of history, literature, philosophy and the arts.
  • Interpret contemporary cultural activities in light of these integrative studies.

Cognate Courses:



Ethical Thought

Students will achieve an understanding of basic moral issues, practice critical and constructive ethical reflection, and consider alternative patterns of moral grounding, including Judeo-Christian tradition.

  • Critically examine moral issues students will be likely to face personally, professionally and as responsible citizens, articulating the grounding and implications of the positions.
  • Interpret the ethical issues raised by contemporary events, examining their sources and interrelatedness.
  • Articulate some of the basic positions and principles embodied in the development of ethical thought, including sources in the Judeo-Christian tradition.


A Sample General Education Track




First Year

  • First Year Seminar

  • Reading and Writing

  • Oral Communication

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Global Awareness

Second Year

  • Cultural Pluralism

  • Religion

  • Fine Arts

  • Natural Science

  • Social Sciences

Third Year

  • Humanities

Fourth Year

  • Ethics


Ways of Fulfilling These Goals:

Presently there are four ways in which students may demonstrate that these goals have been met:

A. Course Curriculum

Successful completion of University Core courses (UC) are taken as meeting these goals. Some Goals also have Cognate courses that have also been determined to meet the requirements of these Goals.

B. Major Curriculum

By virtue of a course required for a specific major a student may satisfy both a General Education and major requirement. For example, students majoring in mathematics meet the Quantitative Reasoning goal and satisfy a major requirement by completing Calculus I. What follows is a list of goals met within the following majors:




Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


The Arts

Art Therapy

The Arts

Athletic Training and

Athletic Training Pre-PT

Natural Science, Social Science, Quantitative Reasoning


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

Business Management

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science


The Arts

Computer Science

Quantitative Reasoning

Conservatory majors

(BA Majors excluded)

The Arts


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science

Economics-Political Science

Social Science


Social Science

Education (Early Childhood)

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

     Education (Intervention


     Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

Electronic Media and Film

The Arts


(Dual Degree program)

Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

English - Creative Writing

The Arts

Environmental Science

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science, Natural Science

Exercise Science and

Exercise Science Pre PT

Natural Science, Social Science, Quantitative Reasoning

Financial Economics

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Global Issues

Health Education

Social Science

 Health and Fitness


 Natural Science, Social Science


(only with teacher licensure)

Global Issues, Social Science

Leadership & Management

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

Music Technology

The Arts


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

Organizational Communication

The Arts, Social Science

Political Science

Social Science

Political Science

(only with teacher licensure)

Global Issues, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science (Non-Laboratory)

Public Relations

The Arts



Social Work

Cultural Diversity, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


The Arts


C. Transferred Coursework

Capital University has equivalency guides with many Ohio colleges and universities. Courses transferred to Capital that align with the transfer agreements will automatically be taken as having met the appropriate General Education learning Goal. Please note that some courses listed in the equivalency guides require the submission of a syllabus for acceptance. The articulation agreement is available on the Capital University Web site.

A student can be waived from First Year Seminar general education requirement if they have completed 31 credit hours of study on a college campus.

Coursework that is not specified in the equivalency guides may sometimes also be used to meet a General Education Goal, subject to review of the course syllabus. Transfer students may combine several courses from several different prior universities to petition for a substitution. Please use the General Education Waiver form to petition for this kind of substitution. Attach all syllabi to the General Education Waiver form, and submit the petition to the Academic Success office. Petitions submitted after April 15 may not be processed until the next academic year. All petitions for transferred coursework should be submitted prior to the last semester before graduation.

Transfer students with completed baccalaureate and/or master’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities are waived from the Capital University General Education requirements effective fall term 2004.  Students who earn an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the General Education requirements outlined in the Ohio Transfer Module* are presumed to have met Capital University’s General Education Goals with the exception of the Goals for Religion and Ethical Thought.

*The Ohio Transfer Module contains 54-60 quarter hours or 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 5-6 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module. Courses for the Transfer Module should be 100- and 200-level General Education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s residency. Students completing a technical associate degree may complete the transfer module, but will likely have to take additional General Education courses beyond those required for the applied associate degree. Alternatively, students may transfer individual transfer module courses without completing the entire module (http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/policy/transfer_policy_d2aa.php).


D. Assessment Testing

Students may demonstrate that they already possess the knowledge or skills delineated by a Goal. Assessment procedures are available for each General Education goal. Students who are interested in this option should contact Academic Success at http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/ or 614-236-6327 prior to enrolling in a course that has been approved to satisfy that particular General Education requirement. A waiver indicates that the requirements for a GE Goal have been met and no further courses are needed. Receiving a waiver is not the same as receiving credit for a course. Students should not schedule a GE course until after the waiver process for that General Education requirement is completed. Normally students can attempt to waive a General Education requirement only once.

1. Automatic Waivers

Students may receive automatic waivers for General Education Goal Reading and Writing and Quantitative Reasoning based on ACT or SAT test scores.

 Reading & Writing Skills
 Quantitative Reasoning
ACT English 28 minimum ACT Math 28 minimum
SAT Verbal 680 minimum SAT Math 670 minimum

There is no fee for an automatic waiver.

2. Assessment Testing Process

Students will have to complete either: (A) a test developed by Capital Faculty; (B) the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test (CLEP Examinations 2017-18 , CLEP Testing Center ); or (C) an assessment interview with a faculty member (Contact the Student Success office or the appropriate department chair for detailed information regarding this option.) 

3. Fees and Credit

Fees must be paid at the time a waiver test is attempted. Credit is not awarded for the A or C waiver process. However, three semester hours of credit is awarded for each CLEP test successfully passed. Credit will be granted in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the exam is administered. All test fees costs, and all fees are subject to change. CLEP Testing availability and related costs must be confirmed with each CLEP Testing Center .

E. Portfolio Submitted to UCAP

Students may demonstrate that they have acquired the skills or knowledge delineated in a General Education requirement through work or life experience. A student, for example, who has lived abroad for a period may wish to demonstrate that this experience has provided him/her with the knowledge and skills delineated by the Global Awareness requirement. Students complete this by assembling all the materials relevant to be evaluated by a faculty panel assembled for such purposes. More information regarding UCAP can be obtained at Academic Success http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/. (See the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Regulations and General Information section for more information.)

F. International Students.

International students with transfer credit from an international institution will be waived from the General Education Global Awareness requirement.