The General Studies categories are

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
  • Natural and Physical Science (6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (catalog 2020-21 and later) (6 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
  • Historical (3 credits)
  • Global Diversity (3 credits– this is a double-dip class that will also always carry another category attribute)

Multicultural remains a graduation requirement, but we’ve included it in our marketing materials for clarity for students since many Multicultural courses are also General Studies courses.

Vision for Faculty Teaching General Studies Courses

The faculty have intricately designed General Studies courses to fulfill both university level and General Studies level goals for all MSU Denver students.  Each course has passed a rigorous curriculum approval process, undergoes regular measurement of effective student learning to be included in the General Studies program, and is aligned with the mission of the General Studies Program.  Faculty are experts in their fields of study and have been trained specially to teach the students with diverse academic backgrounds taking General Studies courses.  Faculty use learner-centered, active learning teaching methods in the General Studies courses that encourage student collaboration.

General Studies courses connect work in the discipline to contemporary societal issues.  Faculty use the content of their discipline to demonstrate the critical and creative thinking and reasoning used to solve relevant problems.  Faculty are challenged to efficiently address the answer to the questions, “If this were the last course a student would take in my field, what would I want them to understand about how we have arrived at how we know what we know?” and, “What skills are most relevant to my students’ future success?”

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Contact the Director of General Studies

Advisors and Faculty are the best source of General Studies information, but Professor Laugen is also here to help answer questions!

Phone: 303-615-0780

Email the Director of General Studies Dr. Todd Laugen: [email protected]

Mailing Address: 
Metropolitan State University of Denver
General Studies Program
Campus Box 27
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362