Philosophy of the Undergraduate Core at Doane
The undergraduate experience at Doane is an immersive, collaborative environment, a community of students, faculty, and staff, that motivates students to take responsibility for their ongoing academic and personal growth. It is a defining experience that serves as a catalyst for students to develop intellectual skills, to build connections among diverse sources of knowledge, and to adapt their liberal education to serve and to lead at all levels of social, civic, and professional citizenship.
Essential Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Core Through the liberal arts, students will:
Understand foundational areas of knowledge. Students will learn to:
- analyze how identity is formed through the interaction of the individual and society;
- apply basic strategies of mathematical thought to solve problems;
- communicate purposefully, effectively, and precisely;
- analyze the foundations of the contemporary world and the interconnectedness of cultures;
- apply scientific methodologies to and articulate the scientific context of issues they will confront as citizens;
- explore the complexities of the creative process; and
- evaluate the ways in which humans understand the meanings of existence.
Develop crucial intellectual skills. Students will learn to:
- engage in discovery;
- gather and evaluate facts and assumptions;
- support conclusions with relevant evidence; and
- practice effective communication.
Build connections of knowledge across various disciplines. Students will learn to:
- synthesize knowledge across foundational areas and specialized studies;
- develop creative and imaginative insights and expressions; and
- apply and integrate knowledge collaboratively to solve complex problems
Adapt their liberal education to serve and to lead at all levels of citizenship. Students will learn to:
- pursue a refined, empathetic understanding of a multifaceted world;
- orient their own ethical compasses to act accordingly; and
- engage with people of varying perspectives to build just societies.
Important complementary habits of an intellectual and balanced life will be developed through the depth and breadth of their entire collegiate experience - curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular. Specifically, students will learn to:
- practice effective oral communication in order to increase knowledge, foster understanding, and/or promote change in the listener's attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors
- practice effective reading in order to extract and construct meaning through interaction and involvement with written language
- practice effective writing that is context appropriate in order to develop and express ideas to convey meaning to an intended audience
Use information wisely
- use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support individual and group learning
- demonstrate insightful thinking to ask questions and construct knowledge, using information resources and techniques to conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, or make informed decisions
- understand the cultural, ethical and societal issues related to the use of technology and information resources
Pursue a healthy lifestyle
- Examine the factors that promote or inhibit a healthy lifestyle to maximize individual potential
- Engage in a self-examination of their own behaviors and attitudes
- Develop and apply insights and skills to live a healthy, balanced and impactful life
Components of the Undergraduate Core 33 credit minimum
Foundational Areas of Knowledge 21 Credits
Community and Identity 3 credits
Students will gain a greater understanding of themselves and the communities in which they live and work, and how identity is formed through the interaction of the individual and larger society.
Students will work to:
- explore dimensions of human experience with regard to perceptions of self
- understand how individuals interact to form communities and social structures
- analyze the practical and ethical implications of interactions between individuals and those social structures
Mathematical Reasoning 3 credits
Students will learn basic strategies of mathematical thought in order to analyze complex scenarios, make connections, solve problems, explain conclusions, and think more effectively.
Students will work to:
- analyze and model mathematical situations using a variety of techniques to solve problems effectively
- communicate a clear understanding of conclusions
- apply mathematical systems of thinking
Rhetorical Communication 3 credits
Doane students will use language purposely and effectively to become more thoughtful communicators, more keenly aware of what they are doing and why in each phase of the communication process.
Students will work to:
- analyze rhetorical context (purpose, audience, genre) and operate accordingly in oral and/or written communication
- support a clear argument with appropriate evidence and analysis in a focused and organized way
- understand effective communication as a process that involves reasoned decision making and multiple steps including planning, invention, drafting, feedback, revision, and editing
Global and Cultural Context 3 credits
Doane students will gain a greater understanding of the foundations of the modern world and interconnections of global cultures. Students may address complex questions about race, gender, nationality, religion, law, economics, business and/or politics in order to understand multiple cultural perspectives.
Students will work to:
- understand the evolution and development of cultural frameworks in the context of historical, political, social, religious, economic and/or legal structures
- interpret intercultural experiences from the perspectives of more than one worldview and demonstrate the ability to appreciate other cultures beyond their own experience
- create a refined empathetic understanding of a multifaceted world
Scientific Perspectives 3 credits
Doane students will gain a greater understanding of scientific thinking and applications using core ideas in courses that include laboratory or field experience. Students will consider the complexities of scientific methodologies in one or more disciplines of the natural sciences, the scientific context of issues they will confront as informed citizens, and the scientific impact on the global community.
Students will work to
- employ methods of science for inquiry in a scientific discipline
- develop their scientific literacy and ability to critically evaluate scientific information
- consider the ethical and social implications of scientific study and use of scientific findings
Human Creativity 3 credits
Doane students will understand the complex layers of the creative process, its reflection of human society and its power to impact.
Students will work to:
- critically analyze and interpret artistic and/or aesthetic expression
- develop skills in creative expression through creative work
- use their insights to articulate the role of creativity in the examination of the human condition
In Search of Meaning and Values 3 credits
Doane students will consider the importance and significance of what it means to be human.
Students will work to:
- consider ways that humans have come to understand the meaning of existence
- evaluate the philosophical or spiritual implications of human actions and policies
- develop an understanding of their ethical values
Liberal Arts Studies 9 credits
The Liberal Arts Seminars progressively address the essential learning outcomes. In addition to addressing the appropriate essential learning outcomes and the habits of an intellectual life, each Liberal Arts Seminar will have learning outcomes unique to the course section.
Experiential Learning 3 credits
A defining experience, directly linked to the course's learning outcomes that involves
- application of knowledge and skills to practice
- guided reflection on the role or importance of the experience in the student's education, and
- one or more of the following:
A. Cultural Immersion
- Study Abroad
- Short-Term Travel TVL 300
B. Professional Practice
- Internship ACC 421 , ART 421 , BIO 421 , BUS 421 , CHM 421 , CMM 421 , CMS 421 , ECO 421 , EDU 421 , ENG 421 , ESL 421 , EVS 421 , FRE 421 , GDC 421 , GER 421 , HHP 421 , HIS 421 , INT 421 , IST 421 , LPS 421 , MTH 421 , MUS 421 , PHI 421 , PHS 421 , PHY 421 , PSI 421 , PSY 421 , RST 421 , SCI 421 , SOC 421 , SPA 421 ,SSI 421 , THE 421 ,
- Student Teaching EDU 451 , EDU 453 , EDU 455 , EDU 458
- Professional Practice within a course IDS 302
C. Scholarly Practice
- Independent Research BIO 494 , BIO 495 , BIO 496 , CHM 351 , CHM 495 , CHM 496 , EVS 351 , EVS 495 , EVS 496 , EGR 496 , HIS 496 , IST 495 , LPS 496 , MTH 496 , MTH 497 , PHY 395 , PHY 496 , PSI 496 , PSY 496 , RES 495 , RES 496 , SOC 496
- Creative Production or performance ART 460 , ENG 485 , ENG 495 , ENG 496 , ENG 497 , GDC 460 , MUS 401 , MUS 496 , THE 224 , THE 495
- Integrated course work with service that meets a community identified need
Note: International students studying full-time at Doane University are considered to have met this requirement at matriculation.
The level of teaching and learning at Doane requires that students have certain basic skills. All students must demonstrate competencies in each of the following areas during their first year at Doane by one of the methods listed below. (Individual academic majors may require particular competencies.)
Basic Mathematical Skills
All students must demonstrate adequate basic computational skills before enrolling in any mathematics course numbered 100 or above. This requirement may be met in any of five ways:
- By attaining an ACT math score of 19 or higher
- By attaining an SAT math score of 500 or higher
- By passing Doane's Computational Skills Test
- By completing Doane Learning Center DLC 090 /Doane Student Support Services DSS 090 with a grade of C- or higher
- By transferring credits that are equivalent to DLC 090 /DSS 090 , or college-level mathematics
Basic Writing Skills
All students must demonstrate adequate basic skills before enrolling in ENG 101 . This requirement may be met in any of four ways:
- By attaining an ACT English subscore of 19 or above
- By completing Doane Learning Center DLC 116 /Doane Student Support Services DSS 117 with a C- or higher
- By completing ENG 100 with a C- or higher (for international students whose primary language is not English)
- By transferring credits that are equivalent to DLC 116 , DSS 117 , or ENG 101
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above.
NOTE: Students who take DLC 090 or DSS 090 are required to complete a minimum of 126 credits.
- Completion of an academic major in which the grade point average is 2.00 or above in all major coursework including cognates, which may be outside the students primary discipline.
- Completion of an optional minor or additional major(s) or minor(s) also requires a grade point average in that major or minor of 2.00 or above.
- The following credit maximums apply toward graduation:
- A total of 48 credits in the major prefix discipline with these exceptions: 54 credits in the music major, public school music emphasis; 54 credits in the art major, public school art emphasis; 63 credits in the art major, professional or graphic arts emphasis; 56 credits in the art major, art history emphasis.
NOTE: The 48-credit limit does not apply to the interdisciplinary majors.
- Three physical education activity credits.
- Six activity credits.
- Students who have been full-time students at Doane for at least two terms (excluding summer session) and are in good academic standing may earn internship credit through work experience. Before enrolling for internship credit, however, students are required to successfully complete CED 205 . A maximum of 12 combined internship credits may count toward graduation.
- The last 30 credits immediately preceding graduation will normally be in residence.
- Requirements for a major or minor must be met by following a catalog in effect during the student's year of entry or a subsequent term of enrollment at Doane University.
- A student who chooses to complete more than one major, minor, emphasis, or endorsement may fulfill the requirements of each by using common courses, unless otherwise specified.
- A course used to fulfill a requirement for the Doane Core Connections may also be used to fulfill a requirement for a major, minor, emphasis, or endorsement, unless otherwise specified.
- Each student is responsible for making certain all degree requirements are met. Faculty advisers, student advising guides, and the program evaluations available on web adviser help students monitor their progress toward graduation.
- Graduation requirements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for students who return to Doane after an extended absence.
- All other academic policies and regulations as stated in this catalog must be followed.