2012-2013 College Catalog 
    Mar 28, 2023  
2012-2013 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Program

General Information:

General Education Program: Philosophy and Scope

The College’s General Education program connects its various major and minor programs and co-curricular activities to create an undergraduate experience that embraces the unique five-fold mission of the College and weaves itself from the freshman through the senior years.

The College’s five-fold mission includes this Academic Goal: To provide a sound education, based in the liberal arts. The College addresses this goal in part through its General Education curriculum. The objectives and learning outcomes for this curriculum are:

  1. Students will understand, recognize the value of, and critically assess the Western liberal arts tradition.
    1. Students will demonstrate competency in the core subject matter of the General Education curriculum that provides the foundation for future learning and a life of flourishing in God’s creation. 
    2. Students will develop and critically apply a biblically informed Christian worldview to their academic learning.
  2. Students will show evidence of essential skills and abilities that mark a person as being educated, including:
    1. the ability to communicate effectively in writing, speaking, and other creative endeavors;
    2. the ability to think critically in solving problems;
    3. the ability to gather, evaluate, interpret, and use information.

As the backbone of the College’s broad educational program, the General Education program also supports and upholds the College’s other goals: Vocational, Christian, Patriotic, and Cultural. Thus the General Education program, broadly speaking, includes various extra-curricular activities and opportunities that contribute to and complement the Academic Goal. Through its General Education curriculum and non-classroom activities the College seeks to fulfill the following objectives, which flow out of the five-fold mission:

  1. Students will develop a strong work ethic, as well as good character and values (Vocational Goal).
  2. Students will integrate their Christian faith with learning, living, and service (Christian Goal).
  3. Students will grow in their understanding of American heritage and civic responsibilities, their love of country, and their willingness to defend it (Patriotic Goal).
  4. Students will learn to appreciate the fine arts, understand the world, and adhere to high personal standards (Cultural Goal).

General Education Requirements:

Fine Arts/Philosophy: 6 credit hours

History/Political Science: 6 credit hours

Information Management: 0-3 credit hours **


** A proficiency test may be taken to meet this General Education requirement; however, passing the test will not result in credit for any of the courses. (EXCEPTION: Education majors must enroll in EDU 243  and Nursing majors must enroll in CSC 253  and may not complete this requirement by passing the proficiency test).

Mathematics: 3-5 credit hours

Natural Science: 3-4 credit hours

  • BIO, CHE, PHY, or SCI (3-4)

Patriotic Education: 3 credit hours

Physical Education: 2 credit hours

Social Science: 3 credit hours

Speech: 3 credit hours

Total General Education Program: 44-50 Credit Hours

BA/BS Distinctions: 6-8 credit hours

In addition to the above requirements, candidates for the B.S. degree will select one course from two of the following areas (6-8 total hours): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science, Mathematics (exclude MAT 013  or MAT 142 ), Computer Science (excludes CSC 113 , CSC 123  or CSC 253 ).

B.A. degree candidates will take two courses in one foreign language (Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew or Spanish, as available): 6 hours. (SPA 113 , SPA 123 , or SPA 143  may count for only one of these two courses. Students completing one of these courses should then take SPA 153 , SPA 203 , or SPA 213  depending on their placement score.)

Minimum GPA for General Education program, including the BA/BS Distinction, must be 2.0

Optional General Education Character Curriculum:

The College also offers students the option of meeting certain General Education requirements by taking courses in its Character Curriculum. For example, students may elect to substitute ENW 133CC Classical Ideals of Character  for the Literature requirement (see below the three courses for which such substitutions are possible).

The Character Curriculum of College of the Ozarks is founded on the supposition that moral truths can be known and practiced. The virtues that define character—temperance, justice, prudence, and courage—do not change with time; they are among what Faulkner has called the “eternal verities,” moral truths that have been engraved on the heart, the conscience, and the soul. Indeed, the definition of character in the original Greek is “an engraved mark.” Genuine character, therefore, is an interior disposition to do what is right. The ultimate example of character, of course, is found in Jesus Christ; as both God and man, Jesus is the pattern for all Christians to follow. Only in Christ are we able to possess the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. Consequently, faith is our best tool in knowing and practicing those eternal truths that define character.

Faith, however, has a mighty ally in reason. The greatest thinkers in history have all been concerned in one way or another with the question of character. What is true? Good? Just? What political order is best suited to the development of a good citizen? How do we know what is virtuous? Is there a natural law true for all people in all times, or is law simply a matter of convention? Honest reasoning guided and hedged by Scripture gives us reliable answers. Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and other philosophers and theologians have contributed to our store of knowledge, and all are trustworthy guides in discerning how we should live.

Faith, too, has an ally in the imagination: literature rightly understood reveals the role that character plays in human experience. When Nathan the prophet reveals to King David his sinfulness, he does not offer him a syllogism; rather he tells David a story. Great authors from Homer to Dante to Shakespeare present us with imaginative visions of the human condition, sweeping backgrounds against which we can see the significance of human decisions and the consequences of character. Great literature reveals to us who and what we are. Taken together, faith, reason, and imagination enable the student to know what character is, not merely as a set of precepts or rules, but as an inclination of the heart to nobility, integrity, and love.

Students who successfully complete four of the six character classes will receive a notation on their transcripts recognizing their participation in the program. Also, students who participate in the CALL—College of the Ozarks Academy for Lifestyle Leadership—will be required to take at least one course from the Character Curriculum.

The Keeter Center for Character Education:

Founded in 1997, The Keeter Center for Character Education at College of the Ozarks was created to provide programs and activities to enhance the development of character and good citizenship. In so doing, the Center reflects the principle upon which the College was established: that character in young people is best developed from an education of the head, the heart, and the hands.

The Center serves as the programmatic arm of The Keeter Center facility on campus. Both students and community members benefit from the wide variety of programs. The Gittinger Community Convocation Series has brought noted speakers to campus including Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, Franklin Graham, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sarah Palin.

The Center hosts a forum each spring with a theme that rotates among the topics of character, citizenship, and the work ethic. In addition to a group of the College’s students and those of visiting colleges and universities, cadets and staff from each of the U.S. Military Academies benefit from small group discussions and a question and answer session with each distinguished speaker. Spring forum speakers have included Tommy Franks, Ken Starr, Bob Dole, J. C. Watts, Newt Gingrich, and George W. Bush.

The Center developed and oversees a character education initiative called First PLACE! (Partners Linking Arms for Character Education). First PLACE! is a partnership among the homes, school, and communities of Stone and Taney Counties and focuses on intentionally teaching and modeling good character. Over 500 First PLACE! partners support the initiative which is present in every school building in both counties and is being used as a model around the state of Missouri.

The S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit provides an opportunity for the College and the greater community to learn about the issue of poverty and gain valuable tools for helping people in poverty learn how to transition effectively into the middle class.

In 2009, College of the Ozarks began the Patriotic Education Travel Program, designed to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for students and World War II veterans. The program pairs College of the Ozarks students with WWII veterans, taking them back to the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific where they fought. The effort is designed to reinforce the patriotic mission of the College by honoring the veterans and educating the younger generation about the sacrifices of American soldiers so that their stories will never be forgotten. 

Other programs include School of the Ozarks Laboratory School, Character Curriculum, Focus on the Family Exchange, the College of the Ozarks Academy of Lifestyle Leadership, the Joan Kalimanis Citizens Abroad Program, Character Camp, the Bonner Community Service Program, and Camp Lookout.

School of the Ozarks

A Laboratory School of the College of the Ozarks

The School of the Ozarks plays an important role in the mission of the College of the Ozarks. It exists to encourage excellence and creativity with a distinctly Christian worldview in high school setting. As a member of the International Association of Laboratory Schools, the School seeks to be a leader and an example of what is best for American education. Traditionally, a laboratory school’s commitment has been to assist in preparing teachers while delivering quality instructional programs for students in the classroom. These schools are affiliated with a college or university for specific purposes that go beyond the scope of traditional public and private institutions. Over the years, the laboratory schools have changed to reflect the diverse needs of the teaching professional and have often led the way in improving the science and art of teaching. Operating under the Keeter Center for Character Education, the School provides numerous opportunities for faculty and students from various departments to interface with the School on a regular basis.