2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog > University Academic Initiatives > The General Education Program > Goals of the General Education Curriculum
Students who have successfully completed the General Education curriculum at East Stroudsburg University shall:
All courses in the General Education Curriculum should be designed so that students who have successfully completed the General Education Curriculum at East Stroudsburg University:
Required: 5 credits
English Composition: 3 credits
Students are placed in Composition Skills 090 or English Composition 103 based upon their writing and verbal SAT scores. Those placed in ENGL 090 must take and pass it before they can be admitted into ENGL 103. Students may be exempted from and receive credit for English Composition, ENGL 103, if they take and achieve a high score on the CLEP general examination in English Composition (with essay). Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” to fulfill the English Composition requirement.
Lifetime Fitness Activities: 2 credits
This requirement is waived for students graduating after May 2014. Some of these courses may be offered as needed. Students are still obligated to fulfill the 120-credit requirement for graduation.
Distributive Electives: 45 credits
Each student must complete at least 15 credits in each of three areas:
Group A — Arts and Letters
Group B — Science
Group C — Social Science
In each group, the student may take three credits in each of three subjects and six credits in a fourth subject or three credits in each of five subjects. Courses that satisfy General Education requirements are identified as GE in department course listings. Students should meet with their faculty advisers to plan appropriate choices to meet these requirements. Some GE courses may have specific prerequisites.
Arts and Letters (Group A) 15 credits
(The distinction between fine and performing arts may be obtained from the faculty adviser.)
Science (Group B) 15 credits
Social Science (Group C) 15 credits
Co-requisite courses may be counted under General Education requirements in Groups A, B, or C if appropriate.
Required Science Courses: Where coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics is required (or listed as recommended in the catalog) for the major, a student with a declared major may substitute those courses for courses in the same departments listed under Science Group B. If a student adopts the above provision and later changes his or her major to a field which does not require coursework in those disciplines, the student may nevertheless receive General Education credit for courses taken in those departments.
Foreign Language Courses: Students may substitute a higher-level foreign language course taught in the language for courses listed under Foreign Language Group A.
Teacher Certification: Students pursuing teacher certification must take two mathematics courses and two English courses (including one composition and one literature course).
Teacher Certification Requirements: Please refer to The College of Education in the Program Offerings section of this catalog.
The General Education Program
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