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The General Education Core is the foundation of the College’s curriculum regardless of one’s chosen field of pursuit. The Core includes introductory courses selected from a variety of academic disciplines that are intended to provide students with a strong liberal arts foundation of sufficient breadth and depth of learning experiences to prepare them for advanced study in their chosen disciplines.
General Education Goals
The overall goal of the Core Curriculum is to prepare students to become and continue to be discerning, well-educated citizens who possess the ability to communicate ideas, analyze concepts, and understand human experience. Graduates of Martin Methodist College should demonstrate:
Courses in the General Education Core curriculum address the goals listed above. In many of the courses in composition, literature, history, music, art, drama, and religion, research papers and oral presentations require students to organize and interpret ideas and communicate these ideas in written and oral formats. Required classes in literature, history, religion, art, music, and drama offer students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives, so they can appreciate the richness of our Western heritage and the heritage of other cultures. Classes in history, literature, psychology, sociology, and religion help students to recognize the complexities of human interaction in today’s society and to realize the importance of ethical judgment viewed from a Judeo-Christian perspective. Courses in mathematics, sciences, and technology provide students the opportunity to develop problem solving, logical reasoning, and technological skills, while physical education classes promote improvement in physical conditioning and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To further aid in the achievement of these core curriculum goals, each student is required to attend a number of campus events each year called Martin Moments events. While no credit hours are awarded for Martin Moments, completion of the requirement is noted on the transcript on a pass/fail basis, and satisfactory completion is a requirement for graduation.
In addition to successful completion of the required General Education Core courses, assessment of learning outcomes in the General Education Core are made by using nationally normed tests and course-embedded assessments.
Graduates of Martin Methodist College must demonstrate a satisfactory level of computer literacy. Computer literacy is defined as:
1. a fundamental understanding of operating system functions including the ability to perform file management and printer functions and the ability to use external storage devices;
2. competency in word processing including formatting of text and graphics and publication to other applications;
3. an understanding of electronic spreadsheets including the use of formulas and functions and publication to other applications;
4. database administration to include data manipulation, reporting and form generation;
5. competency in presentation software including creation and formatting of electronic slide shows, automatic presentations and publication of presentations;
6. competency in electronic communication including the use of e-mail and e-mail attachments, the fundamentals of security and privacy, and internet research methods;
7. awareness and understanding of ethical and societal issues rising from the use of electronic media.
Computer literacy can be demonstrated in one of two ways:
1. Computer literacy may be demonstrated by completing MIS 120, MIS 210, MIS 220 or MIS 340 with a minimum grade of “C”.
2. Students, who can document extensive experience in the use of technology covering all of the areas described above, may request permission to take the Comprehensive Computer Literacy Examination. The examination is administered once each term and only at the scheduled time. There is a $35.00 test fee to cover the expense of the exam and the time of the proctors.
3. Students who do not perform at a satisfactory level may not repeat the test and must take one of the MIS courses listed above and pass with a minimum grade of “C”.