Morgan’s General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements are a broad network of courses, tests and extra-curricular experiences aimed at ensuring a common core of liberal arts knowledge, skills and collegiate experiences for all Morgan students. The courses which are part of the General Education and University Requirements have four broad goals, which are based on the principle that General Education is one of the most significant components of undergraduate education.
Morgan State University’s framework for the General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements is designed to enhance and integrate the general education program and university requirements as the foundation of a liberal education. The general education program and university requirements were conceived in response to current demands to develop, educate and graduate young scholars and potential professionals who can succeed in a diverse, technological, competitive, global and interdependent society. The General Education Program and University Requirements will contribute to the development of college-educated individuals, who are engaged and informed citizens, and who are sensitive to the cultural and economic contexts, in which they are surrounded.
The Morgan General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements connect and integrate the academic units of the University with the units committed to other aspects of student life. The program also seeks to engage industry professionals, alumni, community residents and officials in the development of a comprehensive and world-class general education program. The Morgan General Education Program (GEP) and University Requirements are aligned with the 1) mission, vision, and strategic goals of Morgan State University (MSU); 2) standards of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC); 3) vision for college-level learning and intellectual framework of the Association of America Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS) designed to address P-24 initiatives on college and career readiness.
GOALS of the University Requirements and General Education Program (GEP)
The goals of the General Education Program are strengthened by the consistency with the University’s Strategic Goals. Specifically, the goals of the general education are as follows:
Goal 1: Enhance Student Success to create an educational environment that enhances student success on liberal education outcomes by hiring and retaining well qualified, experienced, and dedicated faculty and staff, offering challenging, internationally relevant academic curricula, and welcoming and supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Goal 2: Establish a culture of inquiry, evidence, and accountability that will examine and implement liberal education processes (inputs, process, and outputs); and document progress and achievements. The inquiry process is an integral component of the general education program. Faculty and staff encourage the inquiry process and use quantitative and qualitative data to guide reflections and to inform student, course and program improvement and adjustment decisions.
Goal 3: Grow resources and professional development that will expand the University’s human capital as well as its financial resources by investing in the professional development of faculty, staff, and students, seeking greater financial support to develop and sustain a world-class liberal education program.
Goal 4: Engage and integrate the university community with that of the greater local and regional community in dialog about the quality of liberal education outcomes that are essential for all students; and on how liberal education can be used to improve and support community initiatives. Students who successfully complete the program will have the following competencies:
Written and oral communications
Scientific and quantitative reasoning
Critical analysis and reasoning
Consists of 2 (two) credits required for graduation chosen from the following courses:
I. Any Physical (PHEC) Activity course or FIN 101
II. The Orientation Course that corresponds with the school in which your major is located:
ORLA 101 for James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts, ORBM 102 for Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, ORED 103 for School of Education & Urban Studies, OREN 104 for Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, ORNS 106 for School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, ORAP 107 for School of Architecture & Planning, ORCH 109 for School of Community Health & Policy, ORSW 101 for School of Social Work, ORSJ 101 for School of Global Journalism & Communication, HONR 101 for Freshmen Honors for Liberal Arts, HONR 106 for Freshman Honors in SCMNS.