The New General Education Experience
Why Now? Why This?
To increase the institution’s ability to adapt to changing curricular, student, and societal needs. The proposed General Education Experience represents a collaborative redesign of the General Education program into a cohesive intellectual experience for the students of Morehouse College. Faculty from all departments, staff and students have been involved in a three year critical examination of our 53-59 credit hour General Education curriculum to determine how it can be restructured to be more coherent and intentional in facilitating the achievement of prescribed learning outcomes and meeting the needs of prospective and current students. Through a more compact curriculum that is cost-effective to deliver, the new experience will equip students with a breadth and depth of knowledge, a set of critical lenses, and essential intellectual skills needed to succeed in college and ultimately in their careers.
We strive to:
- reduce the size of our general education curriculum from 53-59 credit hours to 36-45 credit hours (depending on placements) allowing students to take additional electives which may result in a stronger foundation in their major as well as add a minor or second major within the 120 credit hours required for graduation.
- ensure that Morehouse students have the intellectual skills they need to become leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines with courses across the curriculum that utilize pedagogies that embrace service learning opportunities and technologies (e.g. coding) that are relevant and appropriate to the discipline, including how to manipulate data and create digital projects.
- move from a General Education program to a General Education integrative learning experience that is grounded in an understanding of Africa and the Diaspora. This General Education Experience will be grounded in the College's Mission to "teach the history and culture of Black people." This means that the General Education experience at Morehouse will be distinctive in its deliberate use of texts, examples, perspectives, experiences, and principles by and from Black people from all over the world and across time, working across themes of social justice, equity and servant leadership within the humanities, sciences and business. Courses will be designated as Black Life History and Culture as part of this effort.
- empower students to integrate knowledge and skills from their academic and co-curricular experiences by becoming active participants in their own learning. Through a distribution model of course selection, they can exercise agency in designing their own education, and reach the learning outcomes of the Experience.
- establish peer support and learning networks among students in the same discipline beginning with their General Education Experience.
- embed remediation into the regular curriculum rather than through remedial or developmental courses. Every course counts towards the degree requirements.
At Morehouse College, we are committed to train men who will be prepared to shape a rapidly changing and increasingly complex 21st Century world. With this approach to delivering the General Education Experience, department faculty and students have more choices. The distribution areas represent required courses for all students irrespective of major but department faculty within a major will determine if and which additional courses in an distribution area are recommended for majors.
As with all Morehouse Men, our current students will be expected to demonstrate acuity, exhibit agency, practice integrity, commit to brotherhood, and lead consequential lives. This experience will serve as a starting point for life-long work that we expect students to continue as they pursue their majors, graduate from Morehouse, and go out into the world. In the process of reaching these goals, students will be expected to meet six learning outcomes.
The Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing The General Education Experience, Morehouse students will be able to:
- Communicate effectively through speech, writing, and new media;
- Critically analyze and solve problems in academic and real-‐world contexts;
- Demonstrate and integrate knowledge in the fields of math, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences;
- Demonstrate knowledge in the history and culture of people in the African Diaspora;
- Exhibit the qualities of ethical leadership and global citizenship; and
- Address complex questions related to identity and equity.