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ESP 2012-2015 Requirements

Beginning in the 2012 Academic Year, the former General Studies program transitioned into our new Essential Studies Program. While the bulk of ESP has remained consistent since 2012, there have been incremental changes in the program each year.

The summaries below will compare requirements in each catalog to the current Requirements and Outcomes, as listed on our main page.

2014 to 2015 ESP Program Requirements

To view the complete ESP program as it appears in this catalog year, please visit the Course Catalog.

COMPARISON TO CURRENT (2015-17) ESP REQUIREMENTS

  • 42 Total Hours - Six Hours for Capstone Integration (SLO #12)
    • The Current ESP Program (2015-17) reduces SLO #12 requirement to THREE hours, and has a total credit hour requirement of 39 hours.
  • Structural Criteria (see below) for 2014-15:
    • This catalog ADDED the following language, still retained in the current ESP:
      • Up to nine (9) course credits of Essential Studies Program courses can apply toward any comprehensive major or any minor. No courses required in a subject major (30-36 course credits) can be used to meet Essential Studies Program requirements.
      • Some degree programs specify Essential Studies Program courses; check the program requirements for the major you are seeking.
      • A matrix that clarified Placement and Test Score Requisites that applied to BOTH SLO #1 (FYI) and SLO #2 (Writing). See below.
    • This catalog does NOT include the following language, found in the current ESP:
      • Transfer students who possess an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree are subject to NSCS Board Policy 4430.
  • Transfer Student Policy:
    • Is NOT spelled out in the ESP section of the catalog. In the front-matter of the catalog, a link is provided for "Graduation Requirements," where the following information could be found:
      • Students who do not transfer in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must complete all 42 credits of Essential Studies courses as listed in the following section of the catalog. Transfer guides indicate courses from other institutions that may satisfy individual Essential Studies course requirements. Depending on the program of study, Essential Studies requirements may vary. Consult the Records Office, an academic advisor, or specific program information in this document for more information.
  • Student Learning Outcomes that Differ from Current (2015-17) outcomes:
    • SLO #12: Capstone Integration (6 credit hours) Students will integrate essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.
      • Students will produce a creative or scholarly work requiring broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, interpretation, synthesis, presentation, and reflection that grows out of interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of a specific issue or theme.

2014-15 Essential Studies Structural Criteria

  • All first year students will take 6 hours of interdisciplinary, issue - or theme - based First Year Inquiry (FYI) to orient them to the Essential Studies Program, critical inquiry, and creative problem solving. This experience may be:
    • a single 6-hour course,
    • two 3-hour courses,
    • or other combinations of credit hours offered in a variety of formats and academic terms.
  • Students will complete the six-hour FYI requirement within the first 30 hours taken at CSC. Students who fail to meet this requirement will have a hold placed on their registration until they complete the six-hour FYI requirement. While this hold is in place, students must register for at least one FYI course whenever they register for courses.
  • Students are required to complete three credit hours to satisfy each outcome in the Skills, Modes of Inquiry and Personal and Social Responsibility areas (2-11).
  • Student Learning Outcome 12 will be met in a team-taught 6-hour Capstone course with an interdisciplinary theme.
  • Some essential studies courses may be team-taught 6-hour interdisciplinary courses approved to address two Essential Studies Student Learning Outcomes 2-11.
  • A single 3-hour essential studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.
ACT1 English & Reading Scores Required Course(s)
If either score is below 19 Meet with the Director of Transitional Studies to discuss additional requirements for successful enrollment in First Year Inquiry (Outcome #1) and Writing (Outcome #2) courses.
If both scores are 19 or above2 Enroll in First Year Inquiry (Outcome #1) and Writing (Outcome #2) courses.

1Or equivalent SAT scores or other qualifying assessment approved by the Director of Transitional Studies
2IfEnglish OR combined English/Reading score is 28 or above, student is not required to complete a Writing (Outcome #2) course.

Transfer Students without an AA/AS degree must satisfy the above requirements, or equivalent preparation based upon review of your transcripts by the Director of Transitional Studies.

2013 to 2014 ESP Program Requirements

To view the complete ESP program as it appears in this catalog year, please visit the Course Catalog.

COMPARISON TO CURRENT (2015-17) ESP REQUIREMENTS

  • 42 Total Hours - Six Hours for Capstone Integration (SLO #12)
    • The Current ESP Program (2015-17) reduces SLO #12 requirement to THREE hours, and has a total credit hour requirement of 39 hours.
  • Degree Program Clarification
    • This catalog introduced a clarification that the Essential Studies Program requirements pertain to Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)
    • This catalog included the following language: "Bachelor of Applied Science Essential Studies requirements are listed with Technical Occupations major."
  • Structural Criteria (see below) for 2014-15:
    • This catalog ADDED the following language, still retained in the current ESP:
      • Students will complete the six course credit FYI requirement within the first thirty (30) course credits taken at CSC. Students who fail to meet this requirement will have a hold placed on their registration each semester until they complete the six-course credit FYI requirement. While this hold is in place, students must register for at least one FYI course whenever they register for courses.
      • A single 3-course credit Essential Studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.
      • Some Essential Studies courses may be team-taught, six-course credit interdisciplinary courses that have been approved to address two Essential Studies Outcomes (Outcomes 2-12).
    • This catalog does NOT include the following language, found in the current ESP:
      • Up to nine (9) course credits of Essential Studies Program courses can apply toward any comprehensive major or any minor. No courses required in a subject major (30-36 course credits) can be used to meet Essential Studies Program requirements.
      • Some degree programs specify Essential Studies Program courses; check the program requirements for the major you are seeking.
      • Transfer students who possess an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree are subject to NSCS Board Policy 4430.
  • Transfer Student Policy:
    • Is NOT spelled out in the ESP section of the catalog, but can be found under "graduation requirements" in the 2013-14 Catalog:
      • Students who do not transfer in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must complete all 42 credits of Essential Studies courses as listed in the following section of the catalog. Transfer guides indicate courses from other institutions that may satisfy individual Essential Studies course requirements. Depending on the program of study, Essential Studies requirements may vary. Consult the Records Office, an academic advisor, or specific program information in this document for more information.
  • Placement Test/Course Requisites (see below):
    • Students in the 2013-14 catalog must score at least a 19 on the ACT English and Reading test (or concordant test) to enroll in English or Humanities courses. (This contrasts to the placement "matrix" that applies to both SLO #1 and #2, FYI and ENG courses in the current ESP)
  • Course Requirements
    • The 2013-14 introduced the following language associated with these outcomes, and still retained in the current ESP
      • SLO #2: Note: Students pursuing select programs of study, including Bachelor of Science in Education must complete two courses in this skill set. See individual program requirements for details.
      • SLO #3: Note: Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education degree must complete CA 125 or 233.
  • Student Learning Outcomes that Differ from Current (2015-17) outcomes:
    • SLO #7: Students will examine the human condition through the different modes of inquiry as illustrated in the visual and performing arts, literature, philosophy, or religion.
    • SLO #9: Students will prepare for civic involvement by exploring theories and principles of ethics and citizenship and by engaging in local, national, or global civic affairs.
    • SLO #10: Students will demonstrate knowledge of human diversity and differentiate its various forms such as economic, cultural, social, or political, both locally and globally.
    • SLO #12: Capstone Integration (6 credit hours) Students will integrate essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.
      • Students will produce a creative or scholarly work requiring broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, interpretation, synthesis, presentation, and reflection that grows out of interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of a specific issue or theme.

2013-14 Essential Studies Structural Criteria

  • All first year students will take 6 hours of interdisciplinary, issue - or theme - based First Year Inquiry (FYI) to orient them to the Essential Studies Program, critical inquiry, and creative problem solving. This experience may be:
    • a single 6-hour course,
    • two 3-hour courses,
    • or other combinations of credit hours offered in a variety of formats and academic terms.
  • Students will complete the six-hour FYI requirement within the first 30 hours taken at CSC. Students who fail to meet this requirement will have a hold placed on their registration until they complete the six-hour FYI requirement. While this hold is in place, students must register for at least one FYI course whenever they register for courses.
  • Students are required to complete three credit hours to satisfy each outcome in the Skills, Modes of Inquiry and Personal and Social Responsibility areas (2-11).
  • Student Learning Outcome 12 will be met in a team-taught 6-hour Capstone course with an interdisciplinary theme.
  • Some essential studies courses may be team-taught 6-hour interdisciplinary courses approved to address two Essential Studies Student Learning Outcomes 2-11.
  • A single 3-hour essential studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.

College Placement Tests & Score Requisites

Students who score below 19 on the ACT English and Reading tests (or concordant tests as approved by the English & Humanities Department) must pass the Transitional Studies course(s) to enroll in any English & Humanities Department Essential Studies courses (ENG, HUM, PHIL) except for PHIL 333 Symbolic Logic. Transfer students who do not submit transfer credit for composition must either submit ACT English & Reading scores (or concordant test scores as approved by the English & Humanities Department) or pass the Transitional Studies course(s) before enrolling in any English & Humanities Department Essential Studies courses. Placement testing is available in Crites Hall by appointment: (308) 432-6060. Consult the Advising Center in Crites Hall or the English & Humanities Department for more information.

2012 to 2013 ESP Program Requirements

To view the complete ESP program as it appears in this catalog year, please visit the Course Catalog.

The Essential Studies Program was inaugurated in 2012, as an "addendum" to the 2011-13 two-year catalog.

COMPARISON TO CURRENT (2015-17) ESP REQUIREMENTS

  • 42 Total Hours - Six Hours for Capstone Integration (SLO #12)
    • The Current ESP Program (2015-17) reduces SLO #12 requirement to THREE hours, and has a total credit hour requirement of 39 hours.
  • Structural Criteria (see below) for 2014-15:
    • This catalog does NOT include the following language, found in the current ESP:
      • Students will complete the six course credit FYI requirement within the first thirty (30) course credits taken at CSC. Students who fail to meet this requirement will have a hold placed on their registration each semester until they complete the six-course credit FYI requirement. While this hold is in place, students must register for at least one FYI course whenever they register for courses.
      • Some Essential Studies courses may be team-taught, six-course credit interdisciplinary courses that have been approved to address two Essential Studies Outcomes (Outcomes 2-12).
      • A single 3-course credit Essential Studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.
      • Up to nine (9) course credits of Essential Studies Program courses can apply toward any comprehensive major or any minor. No courses required in a subject major (30-36 course credits) can be used to meet Essential Studies Program requirements.
      • Some degree programs specify Essential Studies Program courses; check the program requirements for the major you are seeking.
      • Transfer students who possess an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree are subject to NSCS Board Policy 4430.
  • Transfer Student Policy:
    • Is NOT spelled out in the ESP section of the catalog, but can be found under "graduation requirements" in the 2012-13 Catalog:
      • Students who do not transfer in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must complete all 47 credits (42 credits commencing in the Fall 2012 for all new students) of General Studies courses as listed in the following section of the bulletin. Transfer guides, listed on the college's website, indication courses from other institutions that may satisfy individual General Studies course requirements. Depending on the program of study, General Studies requirements may vary. Consult the Registrar's office or an academic advisor for more information.
  • Placement Test/Course Requisites (see below):
    • Students in the 2012-13 catalog must score at least a 19 on the ACT English and Reading test (or concordant test) to enroll in English or Humanities courses. (This contrasts to the placement "matrix" that applies to both SLO #1 and #2, FYI and ENG courses in the current ESP)
  • Student Learning Outcomes that Differ from Current (2015-17) outcomes:
    • SLO #7: Students will examine the human condition through the different modes of inquiry as illustrated in the visual and performing arts, literature, philosophy, or religion.
    • SLO #9: Students will prepare for civic involvement by exploring theories and principles of ethics and citizenship and by engaging in local, national, or global civic affairs.
    • SLO #10: Students will demonstrate knowledge of human diversity and differentiate its various forms such as economic, cultural, social, or political, both locally and globally.
    • SLO #12: Capstone Integration (6 credit hours) Students will integrate essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.
      • Students will produce a creative or scholarly work requiring broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, interpretation, synthesis, presentation, and reflection that grows out of interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement of a specific issue or theme.

ESSENTIAL STUDIES 2012-13 ADDENDUM

The Essential Studies 2012-13 and Program Changes 2012-13 Addenda (to the 2011-13 Undergraduate CSC Catalog) apply to new CSC students (freshman and transfers with fewer than 12 earned credit hours) entering the fall 2012 semester. These students will need to obtain

  • 120 earned credits to earn a CSC Degree;
  • 42 earned credit hours within the new Essential Studies (ES) Program;
  • 40 earned credit hours Upper Division overall to obtain a CSC degree.

[CSC Students in 2011-13 or earlier catalogs will need 125 credits to obtain a CSC degree, 47 credit hours in the General Education program, and 45 credit hours of Upper Division overall to obtain a CSC degree.]

The Essential Studies 2012-13 Addendum ONLY applies to entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 12 earned credit hours. [This addendum is not applicable to current students or transfer students with 12+ earned credit hours.] The Essential Studies Program replaces the General Studies program delineated in the 2011-13 Undergraduate Catalog.

2012-13 Essential Studies Structural Criteria

  1. All first year students will take 6 hours of interdisciplinary, issue- or theme-based First Year Inquiry (FYI) to orient them to the Essential Studies Program, critical inquiry, and creative problem solving. This experience may be a single 6-hour course, two 3-hour courses, or other combinations of credit hours offered in a variety of formats and academic terms.
  2. Students are required to complete three credit hours to satisfy each outcome in the Skills, Modes of Inquiry and Personal and Social Responsibility areas (2-11).
  3. Student Learning Outcome 12 will be met in a team-taught 6-hour Capstone course with an interdisciplinary theme.
  4. Some essential studies courses may be team-taught 6-hour interdisciplinary courses approved to address two Essential Studies Student Learning Outcomes 2-11.
  5. A single 3-hour essential studies course may be approved to address a maximum of one Essential Studies Outcome.

2012-13 College Placement Tests & Score Requisites

Students who score below 19 on the ACT English and Reading tests (or concordant tests as approved by the English & Humanities Department) must pass the Transitional Studies course(s) to enroll in any English & Humanities Department Essential Studies courses (ENG, HUM, PHIL) except for PHIL 333 Symbolic Logic.

Transfer students who do not submit transfer credit for composition must either submit ACT English & Reading scores (or concordant test scores as approved by the English & Humanities Department) or pass the Transitional Studies course(s) before enrolling in any English & Humanities Department Essential Studies courses. Placement testing is available in Crites Hall by appointment: (308) 432-6060. Consult the Advising Center in Crites Hall or the English & Humanities Department for more information.

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