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2014-15 Catalog

General Education Requirements Classification List

Courses listed here as satisfying a General Education Requirement are also identified in Chapter 10, Course Descriptions.


1. Oral Communication Skills (3 credits) 

Oral communication skills courses increase the abilities of students to interact appropriately and effectively in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking settings. In these courses, students develop both their message creation and message interpretation skills in order to be more successful communicators. In doing so, students develop an awareness of the role communication in a variety of human relationships. Students develop and implement effective and appropriate communication skills, including the ability to develop, organize, present, and critically evaluate messages; analyze audiences; and adapt to a variety of in-person communication settings.

Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Oral Communication courses:

COMM A111   Fundamentals of Oral Communication 
COMM A235  Small Group Communication 
COMM A237  Interpersonal Communication 
COMM A241  Public Speaking 


2. Quantitative Skills (3 credits) 

Quantitative skills courses increase the mathematical abilities of students in order to make them more adept and competent producers and wiser consumers of the mathematical, statistical and computational analyses which will dominate 21st century decision making. In these courses, all baccalaureate students develop their algebraic, analytic and numeric skills, use them to solve applied problems, and correctly explain their mathematical reasoning. 

Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Quantitative Skills courses:

MATH A107  College Algebra 
MATH A108  Trigonometry 
MATH A109  Precalculus 
MATH A172  Applied Finite Mathematics 
MATH A200  Calculus I 
MATH A201  Calculus II 
MATH A272  Applied Calculus 
STAT A252  Elementary Statistics 
STAT A253  Applied Statistics for the Sciences 
STAT A307  Probability 


3. Written Communication Skills (6 credits)        

Written communication courses emphasize that writing is a recursive and frequently collaborative process of invention, drafting, and revising as well as a primary element of active learning in literate cultures. Students practice methods for establishing credibility, reasoning critically, and appealing to the emotions and values of their audience. They write for a variety of purposes and audiences by employing methods of rhetorical and cultural analysis. They develop the tools to read, think, and write analytically about print and non-print texts and to generate texts that engage their own perceptions while synthesizing the ideas of texts and scholars. Students demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively by selecting form and content that fits the situation; adhering to genre conventions; adapting their voice, tone, and level of formality to that situation; and controlling stylistic features such as sentence variety, syntax, grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.

Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Written Communication courses:

ENGL A111   Methods of Written Communication 
ENGL A211  Academic Writing About Literature 
ENGL A212  Technical Writing 
ENGL A213  Writing in the Social & Natural Sciences 
ENGL A214  Persuasive Writing 
ENGL A311  Advanced Composition 
ENGL A312   Advanced Technical Writing 
ENGL A414  Research Writing 


4. Fine Arts* (3 credits)

The fine arts (visual and performing arts) focus on the historical, aesthetic, critical, and creative approaches to understanding the context and production of art as academic and creative disciplines as opposed to those that emphasize acquisition of skills. Students who complete the fine arts requirement should be able to identify and describe works of art by reference to media employed, historical context and style, and structural principles of design and composition. They should be able to interpret the meaning or intent of works of art and assess their stylistic and cultural importance by reference to their historical significance, their relationship to earlier works and artists and their overall impact of subsequent artistic work.
Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Fine Arts courses:
AKNS/MUS A215* Music of Alaska Natives and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Regions
AKNS/MUS A216 World Indigenous Music
ART A160 Art Appreciation
ART A261 History of Western Art I
ART A262 History of Western Art II
ART A360A History of Non-Western Art I
ART A360B History of Non-Western Art II
DNCE A170 Dance Appreciation
MUS A121 Music Appreciation*
MUS 124 History of Jazz*
MUS A221 History of Music I*
MUS A222 History of Music II*
THR A111 Introduction to the Theatre
THR A311 Representative Plays I
THR A312 Representative Plays II
THR A411 History of the Theatre I
THR A412 History of the Theatre II
*Note: Music majors must select courses outside the major.
5. Humanities (6 credits) 
(outside the major)

The humanities examine the characteristic of reality, the purpose of human existence, the properties of knowledge, and the qualities of sound reasoning, eloquent communication, and creative expression. They study the problems of right conduct in personal, social, and political life. They also consider the qualities of the divine, the sacred, and the mysterious. In these tasks the humanities reflect upon the world’s heritage of the arts, history, languages, literature, religion, and philosophy. Students who complete a content-oriented course in the humanities should be able to identify texts or objects, to place them in the historical context of the discipline, to articulate the central problems they address, and to provide reasoned assessments of their significance. Students who complete a skills-oriented humanities course in logic should be able to identify the premises and conclusions of brief written arguments, to evaluate their soundness or cogency, and to recognize common fallacies. They should also be able to use a formal technique to determine the validity of simple deductive arguments and to evaluate the adequacy of evidence according to appropriate inductive standards. Students who complete a skill-oriented humanities course in a language should demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking and writing.

Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Humanities courses:

AKNS A101A  Elementary Central Yup’ik Language I
AKNS A101B Elementary Tlingit Language I
AKNS A101C Elementary Alaska Native Language I
AKNS A101E Elementary Alutiiq Language I
AKNS A102A Elementary Central Yup’ik Language II
AKNS A102B Elementary Tlingit Language II
AKNS A102C Elementary Alaska Native Language II
AKNS A102E Elementary Alutiiq Language II
AKNS A201 Alaska Native Perspectives
ART A261 History of Western Art I
ART A262 History of Western Art II
ART A360A History of Non-Western Art I
ART A360B History of Non-Western Art II
ASL A101 Elementary American Sign Language I
ASL A102 Elementary American Sign Language II
ASL A201 Intermediate American Sign Language I
ASL A202 Intermediate American Sign Language II
CHIN A101 First Year Chinese I
CHIN A102 First Year Chinese II
CHIN A201 Second Year Chinese II
CHIN A202 Second Year Chinese II
ENGL A121 Introduction to Literature
ENGL A201 Masterpieces of World Literature I
ENGL A202 Masterpieces of World Literature I
ENGL A301 Literature of Britain I
ENGL A302 Literature of Britain II
ENGL A305 National Literatures in English
ENGL A306 Literature of the United States I
ENGL A307 Literature of the United States II
ENGL A310 Ancient Literature
ENGL A383 Film Interpretation
ENGL A445 Alaska Native Literatures
FREN A101 Elementary French I
FREN A102 Elementary French II
FREN A201 Intermediate French I
FREN A202 Intermediate French II
FREN A301 Advanced French I
FREN A302 Advanced French II
GER A101 Elementary German I
GER A102 Elementary German II
GER A201 Intermediate German I
GER A202 Intermediate German II
GER A301 Advanced German I
GER A302 Advanced German II
HIST A101 Western Civilization I
HIST A102 Western Civilization II
HIST A121 East Asian Civilization I
HIST A122 East Asian Civilization II
HIST A131 History of United States I
HIST A132 History of United States II
HIST A341 History of Alaska
HNRS A192 Honors Seminar: Enduring Books
HUM A211 Introduction to Humanities I
HUM A212 Introduction to Humanities II
JPN A101 First Year Japanese I
JPN A102 First Year Japanese II
JPN A201 Second Year Japanese I
JPN A202 Second Year Japanese II
JPN A301 Advanced Japanese I
JPN A302 Advanced Japanese II
LING A101 The Nature of Language
MUS A221 History of Music I
MUS A222 History of Music II
PHIL A101 Introduction to Logic
PHIL A201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL A211 History of Philosophy I
PHIL A212 History of Philosophy II
PHIL A301 Ethics
PHIL A305 Professional Ethics
PHIL A313 Eastern Philosophy and Religion
PHIL A314 Western Religions
PS A331 Political Philosophy
PS A332 History of Political Philosophy I: Classical
PS A333 History of Political Philosophy II: Modern
RUSS A101 Elementary Russian I
RUSS A102 Elementary Russian II
RUSS A201 Intermediate Russian I
RUSS A202 Intermediate Russian II
RUSS A301 Advanced Russian I
RUSS A302 Advanced Russian II
SPAN A101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN A102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN A201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN A202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN A301 Advanced Spanish I
SPAN A302 Advanced Spanish II
THR A311 Representative Plays I
THR A312 Representative Plays II
THR A411 History of the Theatre I
THR A412 History of the Theatre II   
6. Natural Sciences (7 credits) 
(must include a laboratory course)

The natural sciences focus on gaining an understanding of the matter, events and processes that form and sustain our universe. Methods of scientific inquiry are diverse, but all aim to formulate general principles that explain observations and predict future events or behaviors within their disciplines.
Laboratory courses illustrate how scientists develop, test, and challenge scientific theories, providing an appreciation for the process and problems involved in the advancement of scientific knowledge. 
Students completing their natural sciences requirement will be able to apply the scientific method by formulating or problems, proposing hypothetical answers or solutions, testing those hypotheses, and reaching supportable conclusions. They will also demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of one or more    scientific disciplines, a knowledge of the discoveries and advances made within that discipline and the impact of scientific information in sculpting thought and in providing the foundations for the technology in use at various times in history. Students completing the laboratory class will demonstrate the ability to work with the tools and in the settings encountered by professionals in the discipline, will critically observe materials, events or processes, and will accurately record and analyze their observations.
Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Natural Sciences courses:

ASTR A103/L   Solar System Astronomy
ASTR A104/L    Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
BIOL A102   Introductory Biology
BIOL A103   Introductory Biology Laboratory
BIOL A111   Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL A112   Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL A115   Fundamentals of Biology I
BIOL A116   Fundamentals of Biology II
BIOL/GEOL A178   Fundamentals of Oceanography
BIOL/GEOL A179   Fundamentals of Oceanography Laboratory
BIOL/CPLX A200   Introduction to Complexity
CHEM A103/L   Survey of Chemistry
CHEM A104/L   Introduction to Organic Chemistry an Biochemistry 
CHEM A105/L   General Chemistry I
CHEM A106/L   General Chemistry II
ENVI A211/L   Environmental Science: Systems and Processes (equivalent to GEOG A211 and ENVI A202)*
GEOG A111   Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography (equivalent to GEOG A205)*
GEOL A111   Physical Geology
GEOL A115/L   Environmental Geology
GEOL A221   Historical Geology
LSIS A102   Origins: Earth-Solar System-Life
LSIS A201   Life on Earth
LSIS A202   Concepts and Processes: Natural Sciences
PHYS A123/L   Basic Physics I
PHYS A124/L   Basic Physics II
PHYS A211/L   General Physics I
PHYS A212/L   General Physics II  
*Equivalent courses are treated as repeats. Only the credits and chronologically last grade earned are applied toward graduation requirements, prerequisite fulfillment and cumulative UAA GPA calculation. Only the most recent course taken is used to fulfill university requirements including the General Education Requirement.
7. Social Sciences (6 credits) 
(outside the major; from two different disciplines) 

The social sciences constitute the various fields of study concerned with society, social interaction and human behavior. Each of the specific disciplines in the social sciences is a historically recognized area of inquiry with a scientifically grounded methodology, yet they all share the goal of understanding society, its institutions, and its people and their behavior. 
Therefore, each of the social science courses under the rubric of General Education Requirements (GERs), share common learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of a social science GER course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the discipline she or he has studied and discuss the key principles or themes that unify it. 
  • Describe and contrast key scientific theories and theoretical approaches in a discipline and the ways in which these theories structure social scientists’ thinking and research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about how society works and how our social realities are created by diverse social processes and cultural practices. 
  • Describe the wide range of social science data and the importance of using empiricism, both qualitative and quantitative, in making claims about the social world and in setting evidence-based social policy. 
  • Explain and use basic social science methods and summarize the assumptions behind and the limitations of inductive or deductive approaches that might include the formulation of research questions and hypotheses; data collection and analysis; and testing, verifying and rejecting hypotheses.
Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Social Sciences courses:
ANTH A101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH A200 Natives of Alaska
ANTH A202 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH A250 Comparative Cultures
BA A151 Introduction to Business
CEL A292 Introduction to Civic Engagement
ECON A123 Introduction to Behavioral Economics
ECON A201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON A202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON A210 Environmental Economics and Policy
EDEC A105 Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood
ENVI A212 Living on Earth: People and the Environment
GEOG/INTL A101 Local Places/Global Regions: An   Introduction to Geography
HNRS A292 Honors Seminar in Social Science
HS A220 Core Concepts in the Health Sciences
HUMS/SWK A106 Introduction to Social Welfare
JPC A101 Media and Society
JUST A110 Introduction to Justice
JUST/SOC A251 Crime and Delinquency
JUST A330 Justice and Society
JUST A375 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
LEGL A101 Introduction to Law
LSSS A111 Cultural Foundations of Human Behavior
PS A101 Introduction to American Government
PS A102 Introduction to Political Science
PS A311 Comparative Politics
PS/SOC A351  Political Sociology
PSY A111 General Psychology
PSY A150 Lifespan Development
PSY A200 Introduction to Behavior Analysis
SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC A110 Introduction to Gerontology: Multidisciplinary  Approach
 SOC A201 Social Problems and Solutions
SOC A202  Social Institutions
SOC A342 Sexual, Marital and Family Lifestyles
SWK A243 Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning
URS A121 Methods of Inquiry
WS A200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
8. Integrative Capstone** (3 credits)                                        

The GER experience culminates with the integrative capstone, which includes courses from across the university that require students to synthesize across GER domains. Integrative capstone courses include knowledge integration of GER basic college-level skills (Tier 1) and/or disciplinary areas (Tier 2) as part of their course design.  Integrative capstone courses should focus on practice, study, and critical evaluation, and include in their student outcomes an emphasis on the evolving realities of the 21st century. 
Students completing the integrative capstone requirement must demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge by accessing, judging and comparing knowledge gained from diverse fields and by critically evaluating their own views in relation to those fields.
Courses completed at KPC/UAA must be selected from the following Integrative Capstone courses: 

ACCT A452 Auditing
ANTH A354 Culture and Ecology
ART A491 Senior Seminar
ASTR/BIOL A365 Astrobiology
ATA A492 Air Transportation System Seminar
BIOL A373 Conversation Biology
BIOL A378 Marine Biology
BIOL A452 Human Genome
BIOL/CHEM/PHYS A456 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
BIOL A489 Population Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
CA A495 Hospitality Internship
CE A438 Design of Civil Engineering Systems
CEL A450 Civic Engagement Capstone
CHEM A441 Principles of Biochemistry I
CIS A376 Management Information Systems
CM A422 Sustainability in the Built Environment
CM A450 Construction Management Professional Practice
CSCE A470 Computer Science and Engineering Capstone Project
CSE A438 Design of Computer Engineering Systems
DH A424 Community Dental Health II
DN A415 Community Nutrition
DNCE A370 Interdisciplinary Dance Studies: Issues and Methods
ECON A492 Seminar in Economic Research
EDFN A300 Philosophical and Social Context of American Education
EDFN A304 Comparative Education
EE A438 Design of Electrical Engineering Systems
ENGL A434 History of Rhetoric
ENGL A476 History of English Language
ENGL A478 Public Science Writing
ENVI A470 Environmental Planning and Problem Solving
GEO A460 Geomatics Design Project
GEOG A390A Topics in Global Geography
 GEOG A390B Topics in Regional Geography
GEOL A456 Geoarcheology
HIST/INTL/PS A325 Northeast Asia in 21st Century
HIST A390A Themes in World History
HIST/RUSS A427 Post-Soviet Culture and Society
HNRS A490 Senior Honors Seminar
HS A491 Health Issues in Alaska
HS A492 Senior Seminar: Contemporary Health Policy
HUMS A495B Human Services Practicum IV
INTL A315 Canada: Nation and Identity
JPC A403 Communications and Media Research
JUST/LEGL A443 Civil Liberties
JUST A460 Justice in Crisis
JUST A463 Biobehavioral Criminology
LSIC A488A Capstone Project I: Design and Research
LSSS A312 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
MATH A420 History of Mathematics
ME A438 Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems
MEDT A302 Clinical Laboratory Education and Management
MUS A331 Form and Analysis
NS A411 Health II: Nursing Therapeutics
PEP A384 Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity
PHIL A400 Ethics, Community, and Society
PS A492 Senior Seminar in Politics
PSY A370 Biological Psychology
SOC A488 Capstone Seminar
STAT A308 Intermediate Statistics for the Sciences
SWK A431 Social Work Practice IV: Integrative Capstone
TECH A453 Capstone Project
THR A492 Senior Seminar
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