Area C Guidelines (GE 2020)

In the sections that follow, you will see the specific learning goals for each area. Together, we refer to these requirements as "Guidelines."

  • Generally speaking, "Educational Objectives" refer to what students will learn by completing that sub area while "Criteria" refer to how the course is designed to support that learning.
     


General Education Subject Area Guidelines

The General Education (GE) program is compliant with CSU requirements and is uniquely tailored to our comprehensive polytechnic education. At Cal Poly all curriculum, including General Education curriculum, is designed and taught by faculty with appropriate training and disciplinary expertise. Educational objectives are expectations for student learning, achievement of which can be periodically assessed. Course criteria are expectations for course design that will be used in the consideration of the course proposal, course modifications, and course renewal. Educational objectives and course criteria for General Education subject areas are included below. General Education class instruction includes the opportunity for skill acquisition, development, evaluation, and self-reflection.
 


AREA C: ARTS AND HUMANITIES
 

Introduction

C1: Arts — Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre

C2: Humanities — Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English

  • Please note: There are three separate sets of guidelines in C2.

Upper-Division C
 


To see the unit requirements for Area C, click here to view the GE template.

Click here to see a list of currently approved courses for Area C.


Source: AS-889-20 "Resolution on Subject Area Guidelines (II) for General Education 2020" (pdf).




Introduction

In Area C students explore the human condition as expressed in literature, philosophy, and the arts. Courses in this area expose students to broad achievements in the arts and humanities that changed and/or continue to change how we understand ourselves emotionally, intellectually, and culturally. These courses seek to improve and encourage students' ability to read with critical judgment and write with clarity. These courses emphasize writing as an integral part of the process of learning and discovery. They also cultivate an awareness of language and the arts as forms of expression valuable both in themselves and for developing critical awareness. By placing basic knowledge in a larger context, these courses provide a vision of why the arts and humanities are important to well-rounded university graduates. Lower-division courses provide a broad foundation for in depth experiences in upper-division courses. Activities in Area C1 may include participation in individual aesthetic, creative experiences; however, courses that primarily emphasize skills development and/or professional preparation are excluded from Area C. Students may take courses in languages other than English in partial fulfillment of the Area C requirement if the courses do not focus primarily on skills acquisition but also contain a substantial cultural component. This may include literature among other content.

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C1: Arts — Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre


 

Educational Objectives

Consistent with the EO 1100-R and Cal Poly's current General Education program, "arts" in the GE program means architecture, cinema, dance, music, theater, visual arts, and related fields.

Upon completion of a qualifying C1 course, students should be able to:

  • EO1 Describe key aesthetic developments in the arts, including formal, material, and/or technical innovations as well as contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups¹;
  • EO2 Summarize key historical and contemporary developments in the arts, including contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups; relate these developments to their broader social, political, and/or historical contexts;
  • EO3 Explain and/or employ relevant artistic skills and techniques to explore the possibilities and limitations of aesthetic forms as an expressive medium and the relationships between form and content;
  • EO4 Differentiate between subjective and objective responses to aesthetic experiences and/or works of art;
  • EO5 Analyze subjective and objective responses to aesthetic experiences and/or works of art;
  • EO6 Apply critical standards/frameworks to evaluate and interpret the cultural significance of canonical and non-canonical works of art, including works from diverse and/or underrepresented groups and traditions.

 

Note:

¹ By “diverse” we intend the definition of diversity found in the Cal Poly Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity (https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1807&context=senateresolutions). By “underrepresented groups” is intended groups who are currently underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

 

Lower-Division Criteria

The course proposal and expanded course outline for courses in C1 must clearly indicate how they meet all of these criteria:

  • CR1 Develop skills in historical and critical analysis;
  • CR2 Courses with laboratory or activity components develop skills in at least one particular area of practice in the arts;
  • CR3 Instructional materials and course content (e.g., readings, examples used in class, course assignments) incorporate contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups;
  • CR4 As appropriate, address issues of sustainability;
  • CR5 Require disciplinary appropriate writing assignments that comprise at least 10% of overall course grade.
     

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C2: Humanities — Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English



C2: Literature — Lower-Division Educational Objectives

All C2 literature courses must satisfy the following educational objectives and criteria.

Upon completion of a qualifying C2 course, students should be able to:

  • EO1 Identify and define an array of historical and critical literary terms, categories, and conventions;
  • EO2 Read, analyze, and interpret literary texts with insight, engagement, discernment, and empathy;
  • EO3 Explicate texts from a diverse range of traditions, including texts from historically underrepresented groups;
  • EO4 Critique texts that account for the rhetorical relationships among writer, audience, text, and genre;
  • EO5 Analyze how power structures and how social, cultural, and historical contexts shape literary production and reception.
     

C2: Literature — Lower-Division Criteria

The course proposal and expanded outline for lower-division Area C2 courses must clearly indicate how they meet all of these criteria:

  • CR1 Enrollment prerequisites list completion of Area A;
  • CR2 Compare and contrast a wide range of literary traditions, including works from historically underrepresented groups, from a period covering two hundred years or more;
  • CR3 Instructional materials and course content (e.g., readings, examples used in class, course assignments) incorporate contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups;
  • CR4 As appropriate, address issues of sustainability;
  • CR5 Meet all other criteria for GE writing-intensive courses (GE Writing Intensive Requirements).
     

C2: Philosophy — Lower-Division Educational Objectives

Upon completion of a qualifying C2 course, students should be able to:

  • EO1 Read philosophy with a focus on impartiality, careful insight, and engagement;
  • EO2 Critically compare a historically diverse range of philosophical movements and their relationship to other intellectual movements;
  • EO3 Critically examine the implications of holding a particular philosophical position;
  • EO4 Integrate philosophical arguments into a holistic philosophical view;
  • EO5 Apply philosophical methods to analyze and evaluate a variety of positions.

     

C2: Philosophy — Lower-Division Criteria

The course proposal and expanded outline for lower-division Area C2 courses must clearly indicate how they meet all of these criteria:

  • CR1 Enrollment prerequisites list completion of Area A;
  • CR2 Include at least one ancient or medieval work, at least one modern work, and no more than one work from the 20th and 21st century;
  • CR3 Rely upon primary texts for readings;
  • CR4 Include recognized accomplishments in philosophy;
  • CR5 Address (e.g., readings, course assignments) issues of diversity and inclusion;
  • CR6 As appropriate, address issues of sustainability;
  • CR7 Meet all other criteria for GE writing-intensive courses (GE Writing Intensive Requirements).
     

C2: Study Abroad Languages Other than English — Lower-Division Educational Objectives

Cal Poly study abroad courses (such as SPAN 141-142-143 and SPAN 241-242-243) would be included in this area. In compliance with EO 1100-R, these courses contain a substantial cultural component because they are taken in the context of full immersion in the target language and culture.

Upon completion of a qualifying C2 study abroad course, students should be able to:

  • EO1 Demonstrate communicative and cultural competence that will enable them to participate actively and appropriately in the target language culture;
  • EO2 Recognize cultural development reflected in changing language use, including the significance of evolving technology in the development of the target language;
  • EO3 Describe the social, cultural, and historical contexts specific to the language being studied, including differences between various registers of language use;
  • EO4 Identify and analyze diverse perspectives based on linguistic and cultural heritage.
     

C2: Study Abroad Languages Other than English — Lower-Division Criteria

The course proposal and expanded outline for lower-division Area C2 courses must clearly indicate how they meet all of these criteria:

  • CR1 Enrollment prerequisites list completion of Area A;
  • CR2 Develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities at an intermediate level or above;
  • CR3 Provide a wide variety of activities and materials designed to develop students’ communicative and cultural competence;
  • CR4 Emphasize an understanding of language in its socio-cultural context;
  • CR5 Instructional materials and course content (e.g., readings, examples used in class, course assignments) incorporate contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups;
  • CR6 As appropriate, address issues of sustainability;
  • CR7 Meet all other criteria for GE writing-intensive courses (GE Writing Intensive Requirements).

 

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Upper-Division C — Arts and Humanities

These courses must be integrative in nature, requiring the application and generalization of knowledge and/or understanding from foundation Area C courses (as appropriate) to the advanced study of a subject or to new, but related, areas of inquiry within the arts and humanities. These courses may be interdisciplinary in nature and should focus on achieving depth rather than breadth. Courses in this area also emphasize writing as an integral part of the process of learning and discovery.
 

Upper-Division C — Educational Objectives

Upon completion of a qualifying Upper-Division Area C course, students should be able to:

  • EO1 Integrate factual and conceptual knowledge in the arts or the humanities to the advanced study of a subject or to new, but related, areas of inquiry;
  • EO2 Evaluate issues in the arts or the humanities, including issues of diversity and inclusion;
  • EO3 Critically analyze a focused area of study in the arts or the humanities;
  • EO4 Evaluate how relationships between different areas of study in the arts or the humanities provide additional perspectives on knowledge.
     

Upper-Division C Criteria

The course proposal and expanded outline for Upper-Division Area C courses must clearly indicate how they meet all of these criteria:

  • CR1 Enrollment prerequisites list completion of Areas A1 Oral Communication, A2 Written Communication, and A3 Critical Thinking, and B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning as pursuant to EO 1100 Revised (section 2.2.3) and C1 or C2; some courses will require additional pre-requisites as course content dictates;
  • CR2 Explore in depth a subject related to the disciplinary/interdisciplinary study of the arts and/or humanities;
  • CR3 Demonstrate the subject's relationship to other cultural achievements and to relevant issues of diversity and inclusion;
  • CR4 Instructional materials and course content (e.g., readings, examples used in class, course assignments) incorporate contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups;
  • CR5 As appropriate, address issues of sustainability;
  • CR6 Meet all other criteria for GE writing-intensive courses (GE Writing Intensive Requirements).
     

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