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ARCHIVED 2016-17 CPS Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2016-17 CPS Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doane Core Connections

Starting August 2014, Doane College’s general education program was modified from the Doane Plan (DP) to the Doane Core Connections (DCC).  Students starting autumn 2014 or later will follow the new Doane Core Connections. Students entering Doane College prior to the fall of 2014 will follow the Doane Plan.

In addition to this change, Doane reduced the amount of hours required to graduate for all undergraduate students from 132 to 123 credits. 

Students in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies can not modify their catalog year forward or backward to change their requirements from Doane Plan to Doane Core.  Students who have been gone from Doane for 10 years or more, and return, will be updated to the Doane Core.

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:

Communicate effectively

  • 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

Component 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 Perspective 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:

  • interpret artistic and/or aesthetic expression
  • develop skills in self-expression through the production of their own creative work, or the critical analysis of others’ 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.

General Requirement

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:

  1. By passing Doane’s Computational Skills Test
  2. By completing DLC 090  with a grade of C- or higher
  3. By attaining an Enhanced ACT math score of 19 or higher
  4. By attaining an SAT-math score of 500 or higher
  5. By transferring credits that are equivalent to DLC 090 , or college-level mathematics

Basic Writing Skills

Writing skills are evaluated during the advising process.  If during this evaluation, a student does not demonstrate adequate basic skills, the student must complete DLC 116  with a C- or higher before enrolling in ENG 101 .

Additional Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing the Doane Core Connection and General Requirements, students must also complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 123 credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. NOTE: Students who take DLC 090  are required to complete a minimum of 126 credits.
  2. 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.
  3. An additional major also requires a grade point average of 2.00 or above.
  4. A minimum of 30 graded credits earned at Doane College.


  1. The following credit maximums apply toward graduation:
    1. A total of 48 credits in the major discipline, with this exception: 60 credits are permitted for the Information Systems Management major.
    2. Three physical education activity credits.
    3. Six semester credits of technical electives. These credits may be awarded in transfer for those courses which are not taught at a traditional four-year liberal arts college. If a student has completed a professional competency (i.e., an associate degree, diploma, or certificate in a particular technical competency from a two-year school, community college, or approved proprietary school), the six-credit maximum does not apply. Within the six-credit limit, the following courses in transfer may also be used: intercollegiate sports, and journalistic and forensic activities.
  2. Requirements for a major must be met by following a catalog in effect during the student’s year of entry or a subsequent term of enrollment at Doane College.
  3. Any course added to a Doane Core Connection category may be used as an additional option for that category, regardless of the catalog of entry.
  4. Graduation requirements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for students who return to Doane after an extended absence.
  5. The last 30 credits immediately preceding graduation will normally be in residence.
  6. A maximum of 12 combined internship credits may be included as credits toward graduation.
  7. A student who chooses to complete more than one major may fulfill the requirements of each by using common courses, unless otherwise specified.
  8. A course used to fulfill a requirement for the Doane Core Connections may also be used to fulfill a requirement for a major, unless otherwise specified.
  9. Each student is responsible for making certain all degree requirements are met.  Advisers, student advising guides, and the program evaluations available on web adviser help students monitor their progress toward graduation.
  10. All other academic policies and regulations as stated in this catalog must be followed.