Academic Programs fulfills one segment of the three part mission
of LCSC. It offers undergraduate instruction in the liberal arts
and sciences and professional programs tailored to the
educational needs of Idaho. Academic Programs is composed of six
academic divisions and the library. The academic divisions are
Business, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences and
Mathematics, Nursing and Health Sciences and Social Sciences.
There are 23 different baccalaureate degree majors, 6 associate
degree majors, 2 post baccalaureate certificate programs and 41
minors available in Academic Programs at LCSC. Academic Programs
of primary emphasis at LCSC include Business, Justice Studies,
Nursing, Social Work and Teacher Education.
The Academic Dean, in conjunction with the Academic Division
Chairs and the Director of the Library, support the vision that
academic programs will:
• Provide access to education
• Promote a culture of empowerment to serve and support learning
• Promote a stimulating, innovative learning environment
Maintain high academic standards and provide the means for
students to achieve them
• Promote a safe and collegial
environment in which to work and learn
• Provide a caring
environment that promotes student, faculty and staff success
• Promote open and effective communication
• Hire, evaluate,
develop, reward and retain quality faculty and staff
professionalism at all times
GENERAL EDUCATION CORE
General education is intended to nurture the development of
literate, well-informed graduates who are competent life-long
learners. This is the basis of LCSC’s mission. General education
“connects learning to life” by providing students with the
skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for continued
learning about their natural and social worlds, thinking clearly
about them, communicating ideas about them effectively, and
functioning comfortably in a variety of social institutions.
These broad goals are part of all programs. The General
Education Core Curriculum is the foundation for courses that
students take in their major programs. The Core Curriculum
includes three aspects: learning skills, basic knowledge, and
clarification. Communication, computation and human
relations are building blocks for success in college programs
and effective life long learning. Basic knowledge introduces
students to the content and methodology of the major areas of
knowledge the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences,
mathematics, and the social sciences and provides an opportunity
for students to examine the linkages among different areas of
knowledge. The Core Curriculum enables students to recognize
different value systems and to understand and refine their
personal values. The Core Curriculum is a series of courses that
are essential to all baccalaureate and academic associate degree
programs. LCSC’s General Education Core Curriculum conforms to
the Idaho State Board of Education’s credit and course
requirements. While the Core Curriculum provides foundations in
learning skills and basic knowledge, the major programs provide
a sustained emphasis on general education goals in order to
refine those skills and relate basic knowledge to the purposes
of their programs. Additionally, ethics and values are a more
explicit part of program objectives.
LCSC GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS
• To express ideas in clear, logical and grammatically correct
Courses which fulfill this requirement
teach students the fundamental skills involved in writing
personal, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays and/or
research papers, with attention to correct logic, spelling,
punctuation, grammar, and manuscript style.
understand how to obtain information in order to identify,
retrieve, and use resources for study or research.
Courses which fulfill this requirement will have a significant focus
on utilizing library resources, both in print and electronic, and will
improve students’ internet literacy skills.
express ideas clearly, correctly, logically, and persuasively in
Courses which fulfill this requirement
teach students how to express themselves clearly, correctly,
logically, and persuasively in spoken English in one or more of
the following contexts: interpersonal
group communication, and/or public communication.
• To understand mathematics and quantitative methods as logical
constructs and employ this understanding to solve problems and
manipulate associated abstract symbols.
fulfill this requirement introduce students to the axiomatic
nature of mathematics, ensure a minimum level of algebraic
competency, help students understand how mathematics both
reflects and models the observable world, give students the
ability to generalize these ideas and modify them to solve
quantitative problems in a changing world.
Natural Sciences Component
• To understand science as a way of knowing and how it explains
the natural world, and, by understanding these fundamentals, be
able to employ critical thinking skills.
fulfill this requirement will teach students how to employ the
scientific method, recognize the importance of science in their
every day lives, and write in a scientifically meaningful way
through critical analysis of primary literature and laboratory
• To understand how literature explores the human condition and
examines human values.
Courses which fulfill this
requirement will teach students how literature both reflects and
shapes human experience and values, including freedom of thought
and expression, and how literature illuminates human experience
across the dimensions of time, geography, culture, language, and
• To understand how philosophy influences
human thought and behavior.
Courses which fulfill this
requirement (1) address how the discipline of philosophy
approaches questions and problems, particularly focusing on
learning how to apply a philosophical reasoning to fundamental
questions, and (2) develop an introductory level understanding
of major philosophers’ views on epistemology, metaphysics and
especially ethics (practical reason and virtue).
understand the creative processes, aesthetic principles, and the
historical traditions of one or more of the fine arts.
which fulfill this requirement will lead students to demonstrate
(1) understanding of creative and aesthetic principles involved
in the creation of art, i.e., one or more of the domains of
music, drama, dance, film or visual art* (painting, drawing,
design, sculpture, architecture, etc.), (2) understanding of the
historical development of one or more of the arts, with
particular emphasis on the relationship between art and culture,
and (3) familiarity with classic or iconic works of art and the
lives of their creators.
*A studio art class will not
fulfill this Goal.
• To develop communication skills in a
second language and an understanding of that language’s cultural
Courses which fulfill this requirement
increase students’ ability to communicate in a foreign/heritage
language and understanding of that languages’ culture context.
* *Second language skills are required by many majors and
for all Bachelor of Arts degrees. See particular program for
details. Second language credits are IN ADDITION to the 38 hours
General Education Core Requirements.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component
• To understand how the social sciences explain the
relationship(s) between individuals, communities, and global
structural forces, such as political and economic institutions.
Courses which fulfill this requirement increase students’
knowledge of how social scientists discover, describe, and
explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and
• To understand
the dynamic elements of a society’s culture, as well as a
culture’s holistic aspects and its influence on all aspects of
Courses which fulfill this requirement stress 1)
the concept of culture; 2) the distinction between a society and
a culture; 3) the concept of cultural holism, dynamism, and
interrelationships; 4) the adaptive nature of culture; 5) the
tools by which to analyze a society’s culture; 6) a
cross-cultural perspective on our pluralistic society, and on
the world in general.
• To understand the historical
development of the contemporary world and how history explains
Courses which fulfill this requirement 1) increase
students’ knowledge of the methods and data that historians
employ to explain the past 2) examine institutions and processes
across a range of historical periods and cultures.
• To apply values or ethical principles in evaluating potential
solutions to current social or environmental problems.
Courses which fulfill this requirement will focus value and
ethical questions of contemporary society.
• To increase awareness and appreciation for the diversity that
exists in society relative to historical and contemporary
experiences from the perspectives of women and men of diverse
races, ethnicities, social class, religions, sexual orientation,
ages and abilities.
Courses which fulfill this
requirement increase students’ ability to understand historical
and contemporary experiences from the above perspectives.
ASSESSMENT OF THE GENERAL EDUCATION CORE
Assessment of the General Education core is completed by the
Dean of Academic Programs and the General Education Committee.
Particular emphasis is placed upon outcomes assessment of each
component of the Core Curriculum. Some areas of particular value in
General Education Core
assessment include but are not limited
• Effective prerequisite enforcement and course
• Assessment of writing and mathematics
competencies using nationally normalized, standardized exams
• Writing Portfolios at conclusion of English core
feedback after completion of the General Education core.
Information gained from the General Education core assessment is
provided to those Academic Divisions delivering core courses to
aid in future course development and improvement.
Students are expected to enroll in an appropriate composition
course in their first semester and appropriate communications
and math courses within the first two semesters. Students must
complete the entire skills component of the Core curriculum
and achieve junior standing before enrolling in the integrative
Education Core Requirements (37-40 credits) 2009-2011 [pdf]
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN GENERAL STUDIES
The General Studies Majors serve the needs of students who desire a
strong liberal arts programs, thorough pre-professional preparation
coursework or as preparation for a variety of graduate programs.
The Majors are designed for students who desire a broad spectrum of
coursework from a number of related disciplines.
Studies Major is centered within an academic Division. Choices
include Business; Education; Humanities; Natural Sciences and
Mathematics; or Social Sciences. The General Studies Major allows
for both concentration and breadth within a Division’s offerings. In
addition to the General Education Core and the General Studies
Major, a student has sufficient elective credits to complete any of
the College’s Minor programs, or simply to explore subjects of
interest outside of their Major program.
specifies certain required courses, or areas from which a student
must choose coursework, but overall a General Studies Major is
marked by its flexibility. Within the guidelines provided by the
program as well as any specific Divisional requirements, it is
possible for a student, in consultation with an advisor, to tailor a
course of study that is suited to his or her academic and professional
GENERAL STUDIES MAJORS ALLOWED COURSEWORK
General Studies: Business
Coursework from the following
disciplines: Accounting (AC), Business (BUS), Economics (ECON) and
Computer Science (CS).
General Studies: Education
Coursework from the following disciplines: Education (ED), Gifted &
Talented (EDGT), Health (HLTH), Kinesiology (KIN), Reading (RE),
Recreation (RC), Special Education (SE), Addiction Studies (ADS).
General Studies: Humanities
Coursework from the following
disciplines: Art (ART), Communications (COMM), English (ENGL),
Humanities (HUM), Music (MUS), Nez Perce (NP), Spanish (SPAN),
General Studies: Natural Sciences and
Coursework from the following disciplines: Biology
(BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Science (CS), Engineering (ENGR), Geology (GEOL),
Graphic Information Systems (GIS), Mathematics (MATH), Natural Science (NS), Physics (PHYS).
General Studies: Social Sciences
Coursework from the following
disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Geography (GEOG), History (HIST),
Justice Studies (JS), Political Science (POLS), Psychology (PSYC),
Social Science (SS), Social Work (SW), Sociology (SOC).
specific requirements for the General Studies Majors are listed on
individual program plans.
GENERAL STUDIES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
A student who chooses one of the General Studies Majors must
complete the following for a baccalaureate degree:
1. Declare a General Studies Major within one of the above
divisions. This requires completion of a Program Information Form
(PIF) from the appropriate Division Office, at which time the
student will be assigned an academic advisor.
2. Complete the
General Education Core requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
3. Complete a 60-credit General Studies Major within a declared
Division of emphasis (see General Studies Major areas above).
From those 60 credits a student will :
• Take one course from
at least four of the disciplines specified for that Division’s
General Studies Major; these four courses may not duplicate any of
the student’s General Education Core coursework.
• Complete a
minimum of 30 upper division credits (300/400) within the major
area, from that Division’s specified disciplines.
any other coursework set by Division, according to its General
Studies Major Program Plan.
• Limit experiential coursework
(e.g. practicums; internships; co-op education) within the 60
credit requirement to 6 credits; additional experiential credits may
apply to the 30 credits of Electives.
4. Complete 30 credits
of electives, from any courses numbered 100 or higher.
Complete two years (16 credits) of the same college-level foreign/
heritage language (through the 202 level) for a Bachelor of Arts
degree; there is no language requirement for a Bachelor of Science
degree. The 16 credits will be from the elective coursework unless
the student has declared a General Studies: Humanities Major.
6. Complete all other College requirements for graduation. These
include, but may not be limited to the following:
Satisfactory completion of 128 semester credits, with a minimum of a
2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a minimum of a 2.0
cumulative grade point average for the General Education Core.
• A minimum of 32 credits from Lewis-Clark State College.
• Satisfactory completion of a Major program as outlined above.
• A minimum of 36 upper division credits, from any coursework,
including the upper division General Education Core, the Major
program, or Elective courses.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY
The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed to provide students
with the opportunity to major in an interdisciplinary program that
can be tailored to meet unique and specific career opportunities, or
to meet specific requirements for entry into an interdisciplinary
graduate program. A student opting for this program selects two or
three academic subject areas which integrate to form a coherent
program of study. Selected subjects may not be used for a
1. Completion of a PIF (Program Information Form)
declaring a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.
l• The Division the PIF is generated from shall be the
student's primary area.
• The PIF must include at least two advisors'
signatures (one from each subject area).
Completion of two or three academic subjects with a minimum
total of 60 credits.
• Students are NOT allowed to use course work from more
than ONE subject per area unless approved by Division Chair of the
area. (For example: primary area is English; this means all course
must be ENGL - they cannot be a mixture of subjects within the
3. Completion of a minimum of 21
semester credits in each subject. At least 15 of the 21
credits in each subject must be in upper division course work
4. Completion of a capstone senior
seminar/research project approved by the primary area advisor. The
capstone course must be selected from existing discipline capstone
5. Students graduate with an Interdisciplinary Studies major from
the Division of the primary area discipline. The two of three
discipline areas will not display on the diploma, nor will they
appear on the transcript.
Academic subjects may be chosen from the following:
Business Division: BUS, AC
• Education Division: ADS, HLTH, KIN (kinesiology discipline
allows a maximum of 3 activities credits), RE
Division: ART, COMM, ENGL, MUS, NP, SPAN, THEA
Sciences Division: BIOL, CHEM, CS, MATH,
Sciences Division: ANTH, HIST, JS, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SS,
See Divisions for other specifically designed Interdisciplinary
DUAL CREDIT IN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Dual credit courses are offered each semester in Academic Programs.
These courses allow high school students to receive academic credit
both at their local high school and at LCSC. All academic courses
offered at regional high schools are overseen by the Academic
Divisions and are identical in content and assessment to courses
delivered at the College. Community Programs provides administrative
oversight between high schools and the Academic Divisions. For more
information about dual credit visit the following website:
DEFINITIONS OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY
COOPERATIVES (CO) ... Course numbers 196, 296, 396, 496
Cooperatives are a learning experience
whereby students formally integrate their studies with work
experience in cooperative employer organizations. By integrating
classroom theory with the real world of work. Cooperatives
provide students with a broader perspective and understanding of
their career field. Students are required to attach a syllabus
outlining learning objectives, activities and evaluation
with the application form.
DIRECTED STUDY (DS) ... Course
numbers 190, 290, 390, 490
Directed Study courses allow students to pursue a special interest
in an area not covered by a regularly offered course. Directed Study
courses are also used by students who are not able to attend a
regularly scheduled course, however students may not enroll in a
Directed Study course during a term when the course if offered.
Students are required to attach a syllabus of the course with the
INTERNSHIP (IN)... Course numbers 194,
294, 394, 494
Internships award academic credit for extended on-the-job experience
in an area of interest or in a student’s major. Internships are
supervised by college faculty.
PRACTICUM (PR)... Course
numbers 195, 295, 395, 495
Practicums provide valuable field-based experience in students’ area
of interest. Students work either alone or in teams under the
guidance of on-site supervisors.
(RA) ... Course numbers 199, 299, 399, 499
Student Research Assistantship is an appointment which
may be provided to a student in good standing who performs personal
research, and/or who assists others performing research that is
relevant to the student’s academic goals.
(SL) ... Course numbers 193, 293, 393, 493
Service-learning enhances learning and fosters civic
responsibility though active involvement in academically-based
community service. Students engage in service-learning projects with
the guidance of college faculty and in coordination with the
Community Warriors Student Volunteer Center. See the Community
Program section for more information on service learning.
Regarding all of the individualized study options
• Students wishing to enroll in these types of courses must complete
the application form which is provided in the Division Offices or
from the Registrar’s Office.
• Students must acquire all
required signatures on the application form before submitting it to
the Registrar’s Office for processing.
• Students must
have a minimum of a 2.0 cum GPA to enroll.
• Students are
limited to 12 credits individualized study in one semester.
Students are limited to 24 credits individualized study that will
apply toward fulfilling graduation requirements.
transcripts with courses listed above will have the respective two
letter prefix before the title of the course.
• Grades earned
in any courses with these options do not figure in to Academic
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
In general, class attendance is required at the discretion of the
instructor. Students officially enrolled for a course(s) at the time
final grades are issued will be awarded a final grade, whether or
not the student has attended any class session. No absences, whether
approved by the College for participation in College sponsored
activities, or necessitated by sickness or other personal emergency,
are excused in the sense of relieving the student of responsibility
for work assigned for the class during absence. It is the student’s
responsibility to arrange make-up work with instructors. Field trips
are considered an integral part of some courses. Students registered
for courses in which field trips are announced are expected to
participate. Costs involved are part of the educational expense
which students are expected to bear.