Aug 25, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

General Education



The Cardinal Directions Core Curriculum

The Cardinal Directions Core Curriculum hones critical communication, thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary for students to succeed at North Central College and beyond. In addition to an integrated seminar uniquely designed to help students transition to North Central, Cardinal Directions coursework offers a variety of well-tested “high impact” educational experiences to build skills sought by employers and graduate programs alike.  Courses help students explore challenging topics from different perspectives, learn how to problem-solve and to participate effectively as ethical citizens and purposeful leaders in a diverse, globalized world. Students are encouraged to choose Cardinal Directions courses that speak to their personal interests and long-term goals. They can select one of eight “iCons” (short for interconnections), which are groups of courses focused on a theme. Other Cardinal Directions requirements are filled through courses that supplement or expand beyond a student’s academic major(s) or minor(s).

The Cardinal Directions Core Curriculum consists of the following integrated areas of emphasis:

First-Year Seminar or Transfer Seminar

New students participate in either a two-part, year-long First Year Seminar or a one-semester Transfer Seminar, designed to provide transition, curricular, and cocurricular experiences appropriate to their preparation and previous experience with college-level learning. Each seminar enhances writing and speaking skills, explores the idea of community and place, and introduces students to the breadth of research, student leadership, study away and other cocurricular opportunities available as part of the North Central experience.

Area Designation

Developing a broad knowledge base prepares students to more readily manage complex questions and respond to real-world problems. Students explore this broader worldview through courses from each of the following disciplinary traditions: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.

Mission Designation

The North Central College mission states that, “We are a diverse community of learners dedicated to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders in local, national and global contexts.” The Mission Designation courses (U.S. Power Structures, Global Understanding, Ethical Dimensions) introduce students to the ideas and skills needed to embody this mission. Mission Designation courses help students understand and analyze inequalities that exist in the United States, introduce them to our multicultural world and the effects of globalization, and help them learn how to evaluate how ethics and principles vary across different cultures and contexts. 

Experience Designations

The Community Engaged Learning (CEL) experience will immerse students in a local, regional, or global community to learn alongside community members. Each CEL will provide students with opportunities to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet community needs.  In addition, the Cardinal Directions Well-being requirement provides students with an introduction to holistic wellness and guides them in developing and practicing a well-balanced and purposeful life.

Writing in a Discipline and Quantitative Designations

Students will sharpen their writing skills in a particular discipline through one or more Writing Intensive courses and learn how to understand, develop, and present quantitative information as part of the Quantitative Analysis requirement. The ability to write effectively and to understand and make sense of quantitative information are among the skills most often sought by potential employers

iCon

Based on their own personal, academic, and career interests, each student selects four courses that intersect with one of the following iCon (short for interconnections) themes:

  • Being Human
  • Challenging Inequity
  • Engage Civic Life
  • Examining Health
  • Experience Place
  • Innovating the World
  • Sustaining Our Word
  • Think Globally

Cardinal Senior Seminar

This two-credit course will challenge students to reflect upon their Cardinal Directions coursework and its intersections with the rest of their North Central experience. Using their knowledge and skills learned at NCC, students will work in collaborative teams with fellow seniors to examine a complex world issue and present a response that might help society to address the problem.

Course Descriptions  in this catalog note which Cardinal Directions requirement(s) a course fulfills. Students should work with their academic advisor to develop a plan to complete the Cardinal Directions Curriculum, major(s) and minor(s) requirements and overall graduation requirements.

The Cardinal Directions Curriculum Map

See the Cardinal Directions Curriculum Map below for additional requirement details:

Element Required Course(s) or Course Designation

Credit Hours a.

First Year Seminar  CARD 101 - First-Year Seminar - Writing  
CARD 102 - First-Year Seminar - Speaking  
Eight credit hours
Area Designation 

Arts (4)
Humanities (4)
Social Science (4)
Science (4)

16 credit hours b.
(from at least three unique subjects)

Mission Designations  U.S. Power Structures (4)
Global Understanding (4)
Ethical Dimensions (4)
12 or more credit hours b.
Experience Designation  Community Engaged Learning (0-4)
Well Being (2)
2-6 credit hours b.
Quantitative Designation  Quantitative Analysis (4) Four credit hours
Writing in a Discipline Designation  Writing Intensive (4) Four credit hours
iCon 

16 credit hours, which include courses from at least three prefixes, that are part of one of the following iCons:

Being Human

Challenging Inequity

Engaging Civic Life

Examining Health

Experiencing Place

Innovating the World

Sustaining Our World

Thinking Globally

16 credit hours b.

Cardinal Senior Seminar c.

CARD 400 - Cardinal Directions Senior Seminar: Liberal Arts and the Problems of Today    Two credit hours

Curriculum Maps for Transfer Students

Transfer Students with an earned Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.)
Element Required Course(s) or Course Designation Credit Hours a.
Transfer Seminar c. CARD 200 - Transfer Seminar     Four credit hours
Experience Designation Well Being  Two credit hours
Cardinal Senior Seminar c. CARD 400 - Cardinal Directions Senior Seminar: Liberal Arts and the Problems of Today   Two credit hours
Transfer Students with 28 or more earned credit hours at entry
The following General Education Requirements must be completed at North Central College
Element Required Courses(s) or Course Designation Credit Hours a.
Transfer Seminar c. CARD 200 - Transfer Seminar    Four credit hours
Cardinal Senior Seminar c. CARD 400 - Cardinal Directions Senior Seminar: Liberal Arts and the Problems of Today    Two credit hours
The following may be fulfilled through North Central College coursework or through approved transfer courses.
Composition ENGL 272 - English Grammar, Usage and Style  or equivalent transfer Composition course   Minimum of two credit hours
Public Speaking COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking  or equivalent transfer course Four credit hours
Area Designation Arts (4)
Humanities (4)
Social Science (4)
Science (4)
16 credit hours b.
Mission Designation U.S. Power Structures (4)
Global Understanding (4)
Ethical Dimensions (4)
12 or more credit hours b.
Experience Designation Well Being (2) Two credit hours
Quantitative Designation Quantitative Analysis (4) Four credit hours
Writing in a Discipline Designation Writing Intensive (4) Four credit hours

a. An equivalent three credit transfer course may be used to fulfill a General Education requirement.
b. One course may fulfill a requirement in up to two different designations and count toward an iCon.

c. Must be taken at North Central College.