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General education requirements see change

Published 10/16/17

Elizabeth Caputo

Contributing Writer

During the summer, new general education requirements were put into place, allowing three less hours for incoming freshmen to complete. The new requirements also set into place some other changes, such as getting rid of the general education capstone, more humanities classes to choose from, and broader math options that meet the needs of all majors.

Kristen Keyser, degree audit specialist in the Office of the Registrar, has been working diligently all semester with students and advisers to help make the transition into the new general education requirements.

“The gen eds are going down in hours, but students still have to have 124 to graduate,” said Keyser. “We’re really excited about the options this now gives students. They can now use that extra three hours as a free elective and choose a class that really interests them.”

These new general education requirements affect the freshmen students entering college, but the requirements can also be added to the degree audit of all other students if their adviser thinks it would benefit them.

“What happens is the global perspective section where you previously needed six hours, now is only three,” said Rebecca Falling, academic adviser. “People who haven’t taken those two global perspective classes yet or aren’t in a major that requires those can switch and take one of those courses instead of two.”

Once it has been decided that it would be beneficial for a student to switch over to the new general education requirements, the request is sent to the Office of the Registrar where Aimee Swensen, academic resource specialist, processes the requests and submits the changes.

“This is very beneficial for students because they don’t have to take unnecessary courses now,” said Swensen. “There have been a ton of students opting for the new gen eds because they are tailored in such a way that helps students achieve their degree faster and more efficiently.”

Along with the three hours less of global perspectives, students now have a broader selection of classes to choose from for their math and humanities requirements.

Math courses have been specified to majors now, meaning that students on the new general education requirements will have more freedom in choosing a math requirement that benefits their degree plan and their line of study. Students have the option of choosing from some recommended math courses for their degree plan. A statistics class has now been added as a potential class as well, and is recommended for social and behavior science students.

Three humanities courses have also been added to the list of possible classes that count for that requirement. Women and gender studies, rock music history, and jazz appreciation are all classes that can now count to a student’s humanities requirement.

Many students are excited about the possibilities the new general education requirements create in their degree program.

“I’ve been pushing my math requirement back until the last possible second because I’m not good at math at all,” said Brianna Hadley, Oologah sophomore. “Knowing that now I’ll be taking a statistics class instead of college algebra is better. It fits around my degree plan more than actual algebra would.”

While the general education requirements help benefit freshmen the most, Keyser encourages all students to check with their adviser to see if switching over would be the right course for them.

“There are some students who could be really struggling with their gen eds right now and they may have no idea of the changes that have taken place and how much it can really benefit them,” said Keyser. “We’ve really tried to make them as bearable as possible, and we hope students are pleased with the changes.”

For more information, call Kristen Keyser at 918-444-2254 or email her at keyser@nsuok.edu.


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