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General Education Program

Key Fact
  • Program name
    General Education Program
  • Program code
    GEP
  • Dept. chair
    Dr. Khadija Itani
  • Program length
    Four semesters
  • Credit hours
    42 credit hours

 About the Program

The General Education Program (GEP) at Effat University committedly embraces the American-style, liberal arts education (LAE) philosophy in its endeavor to providing a holistic education experience through a challenging student centred academic curriculum. It seeks to address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of student development in order to produce well-rounded, responsible, resourceful and ethical global citizens with a diverse and integrated set of personal, social and professional skills. The LAE pedagogy embedded in the Program allows for an interdisciplinary concept of instruction invoking a competitive spirit among the students towards academic accomplishment and community service participation.

Programme Structure​

The GEP caters to the entire undergraduate population of the University by helping them to gain insight into varied critical learning skills, investigate the traditional branches of knowledge, and develop the perspective that allows them to appreciate diversity and change across time, culture, and national boundaries. Critical learning skills include proficiency in the use of language, mathematics and quantitative methods as tools for acquiring, renewing, creating and communicating knowledge. The well-expanded structure of the GEP includes an understanding of the methods and concerns of traditional branches of knowledge — the arts and humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences while an equal emphasis is placed on developing a 21st century worldview requiring historical, global and cross-cultural examination of knowledge of all kinds.​

Vision

To be an epitome of Liberal Arts Education (LAE) compatible with Islamic worldview and IQRA values

​Mission ​

The General Education Program aims to produce civically engaged citizens with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for meeting the requirements of the 21st Century by drawing upon the philosophy of LAE while adhering to the University's core values.​

 Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

GEP_KN1: Identify theories, concepts, values and practices pertinent to liberal arts education disciplines

GEP_KN2: Describe diverse perspectives related to contemporary global affairs/issues.

GEP_KN3: Define the foundations and functionalities of quantitative reasoning

GEP_KN4 State the fundamentals and conventions of linguistic communication​​

Cognitive Skills

GEP_CT1: Discuss the nature of human experience – its complexity, its diversity of expression, its continuities and discontinuities over space and time

GEP_CT2: Demonstrate the ability to critically and methodologically analyze information and draw conclusions

GEP_CT3: Compare and contrast diverse precepts, ideologies and traditions in a given academic discipline.

Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

GEP_IR1: Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, as responsible professionals in academic or non- academic environments

GEP_IR2: Work in groups or teams to reinforce one another’s strengths and provide peer feedback

GEP_IR3: Develop leadership skills needed to foster the spread of knowledge in the region and throughout the world while being mindful of the social context

Communication, IT, and Numerical Skills

GEP_CNIT1: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

GEP_CNIT2: Develop computer literacy and proficiency in the professional use of social media and multimedia

Psychomotor Skills

GEP_PS1: Make use of sensory cues to guide motor activity

GEP_PS2: Act readily in order to be civically engaged and to seek welfare of self and others​

 Credit Requirement

​The GEP is a non-degree granting program within the framework of the University. All university students must complete the 42 credits of general education courses as a prerequisite requirement for graduation from their own respective departments. For instance, those studying towards a bachelor's degree in Psychology must earn a total of 127 credits, 42 credits of which are offered through the GEP.

 Program Plan

Course
Code

Course
Number

Course Title

Credits

Requirements Across Majors

Literacies: Total 9 Credits

 

 

Scientific Literacy: (3 Credits = 1 course )

 

 

1. Earth & Space Sciences

GAST

111

Introduction to Astronomy

3

GAST

211

Space Explorations

3

GGEO

111

Introductory Geology

3

GGEO

211

Tectonics

3

2. Life Sciences:

GBIO

111

Introduction to Life Sciences

3

GCHE

111

Chemistry in Everyday Life

3

GPHY

111

Great Ideas in Physics

3

GPHY

112

Foundations in Physics

3

Cultural Literacy: (3 Credits = 1 course)

 

 

1. Arts and Design

 

 

 

 

GART

121

Art Foundations

3

 

GART

122

Audio-visual Art

3

 

GART

221

Modern and Contemporary Art

3

 

GDES

121

Design Fundamentals

3

 

GDES

221

Art, Design, and Media

3

 

GDES

222

Product Design

3

 

2. Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences


GANT

121

Selected Topics in Anthropology

3

 

GECN

121

Principles of Economics

3

 

GECN

221

Economic Growth

3

 

GHIS

121

History of the Modern Middle East

3

 

GHIS

122

History of Islam in Africa and Asia

3

 

GPHL

121

Introduction to Philosophy

3

 

GPHL

122

Philosophic and Scientific Thinking

3

 

GPOL

121

Introduction to Political Science

3

 

GPSY

121

Selected Topics in Psychology

3

 

GSOC

121

Selected Topics in Sociology

3

 

Global Awareness: (3 Credits = 1 course)

 

 

GCUL

131

International Organizations

3

 

 

GCUL

132

World Civilizations

3

 

GCUL

231

Varieties of Human Experience

3

 

GCUL

232

Intercultural Communications

3

 

GGLO

233

Global Issues

3

 

GGLO

234

Global Citizenship: International Mobility

3

 

GGLO

235

International Trade

3

 

Skills Development: 20 Credits

 

 

Quantitative Reasoning: ( 6 Credits = 2 courses)

 

 

Mathematics (3 Credits = 1 course)

 

 

GMTH

043

Descriptive Test for Mathematical Skills Preparation 1

3

 

 

GMTH

044

Descriptive Test for Mathematical Skills Preparation 1

3

 

 

GMTH

141A

Mathematics for Architecture & Design

3

 

 

GMTH

141H

Mathematics for Humanities

3

 

 

GMTH

141B

Pre-Calculus for Business

3

 

 

GMTH

141E

Pre-Calculus for Engineering

3

 

 

GMTH

142E

Calculus for Computing

3

 

 

Statistics​: (3 Credits = 1 course)

GSTA

140

Elementary Statistics

3

 

 

GSTA

141

Quantitative Analysis

3

 

 

Information, Media, and Technology: (3 Credits = 1 course)

 

 

GCS

150

Digital Skills: Information and Computer Literacy

3

 

 

GMED

151

Multimedia

3

 

GMED

152

Social Media

3

 

Linguistic Communication: (11 Credits = 5 Courses)

 

 

ARABIC Languages (3 Credits = 1 course)

 

 

GARB   

161

Project Based Language & Critical Thinking

3

 

 

GARB   

162

Introduction to Academic Discourse

3

 

GARB   

260

Writing for Media and Business

3

 

 

GARB

261

Academic & Professional Communication 

3

 

 

GARB

262

Oral Communication

3

 

 

GARB

264

Creative Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

3

 

 

GARB

265

Studies in Arab Contribution to Civilization

3

 

 

 

GARB   

161B

Elementary Arabic for Non-native Speakers

3

 

 

 

GARB   

162B

Intermediate Arabic for Non-native Speakers

3

 

 

GARB

261B

Advanced Arabic for Non-native Speakers

3

 

 

ENGLISH Languages  (4 Credits = 2 courses)

 

 

GENG   

161

Project Based Language & Critical Thinking

2

Mandatory

 

 

GENG   

162

Introduction to Academic Discourse               

2

 

 

 

GENG   

260

Writing for Media and Business

2

 

 

GENG   

261

Academic & Professional Communication

2

 

 

GENG

262

Oral Communication

2

 

 

GENG

263

Engineering Communication

2

 

 

GENG

264

Creative Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

2

 

 

Foreign Languages: (4 Credits = 2 courses)

 

 

French:

 

 

GFRN

181

French Breakthrough or beginner

2

No pre requisite

 

 

GFRN

182

French  Waystage or elementary

2

GFRN 181

 

 

GFRN

281

French Threshold or intermediate

2

GFRN 182

 

 

GFRN

282

French Vantage or upper intermediate

2

GFRN 281

 

 

German:

 

 

GGER

181

German Breakthrough or beginner

2

No pre-requisite

 

 

GGER

182

German Waystage or elementary

2

GGER 181

 

 

GGER

281

German Threshold or intermediate

2

GGER 182

 

 

GGER

282

German Vantage or upper intermediate

2

GGER 281

 

 

Spanish:

 

 

GSPA

181

Spanish Breakthrough or beginner

2

No pre-requisite

 

 

GSPA

182

Spanish Waystage or elementary

2

GSPA 181

 

 

GSPA

281

Spanish Threshold or intermediate

2

GSPA 182

 

 

GSPA

282

Spanish Vantage or upper intermediate

2

GSPA 281

 

 

Turkish:

 

 

GTUR

181

Turkish Breakthrough or beginner

2

No pre-requisite

 

 

GTUR

182

Turkish Waystage or elementary

2

GTUR 181

 

 

GTUR

281

Turkish Threshold or intermediate

2

GTUR 182

 

 

GTUR

282

Turkish Vantage or upper intermediate

2

GTUR 281

 

 

Cultivating Positive Disposition: 10 Credits

 

 

Islamic Thought and Ethics: ( 6 credits = 3 courses )

 

 

GISL      

171

Social and Moral Values in Islam (Mandatory)

2

Mandatory

 

 

GISL

172

Islamic Art and Architecture

2

 

 

 

GISL

173

Muslim World Affairs and Organizations

2

 

 

GISL

174

Contemporary Islamic Thought

2

 

 

GISL

271

Islamic History & Civilization

2

 

 

GISL

272

Islamic Finance

2

 

 

GISL

273

Entrepreneurship in Islam

2

 

 

Physical and Environmental Wellbeing: ( 2 credits = 1 course )

 

 

GHEW  

181

Nutrition and Health

2

 

 

 

GHEW  

182

Health Care and Wellness

2

 

 

GHEW  

183

Exercise and Wellness

2

 

 

GENV   

191

Cities in the Modern World

2

 

 

GENV   

192

Human Population: Size and Control

2

 

 

GENV   

291

People and the Environment

2

 

 

GENV   

292

Environmental Waste Management

2

 

 

GENV   

293

Environmental Sustainability

2

 

 

Civic Engagement: (2 credits = 1 course )

 

 

GCIV

195

Introduction to Civic Engagement

2

 

 

 

GCIV

196

Community Building and Social Change

2

 

 

GCIV

197

Introduction to Fund Raising

2

 

 

Interdisciplinary Research: 3 Credits

 

 

GSEM

200

Interdisciplinary Research

3

 

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Contact Information
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137949
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137950 

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