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Educated Citizen

More than classes, clinics and credit hours, Nebraska Methodist College prepares you for what's next - in your career and in your life. Our goal as an institution is that graduates of NMC will be able to articulate and demonstrate growth in the following areas: as reflective individuals, as effective communicators and as change agents in an increasingly educated citizenry.

An NMC graduate is an educated citizen who is a competent practitioner and engaged citizen who responds productively to the complex dynamics of the world and who utilizes a diversity of disciplines and perspectives.

Student Portfolio Requirement

Initiated in 1998, the NMC portfolio is both an outcomes assessment measure and a documentation source for students' personal, professional and academic development. Research indicates that we learn best when we are aware of how we learn. One goal of the NMC Portfolio is to develop students' skills of reflection and cognition. By exploring the significance of a particular experience, assignment or interaction, students learn to be aware of the interconnections among topics and apply their learning to future situations.

Portfolio Student Requirement

All Bachelor of Science degree-seeking students at Nebraska Methodist College create portfolios that help them take charge of their personal and academic growth. The process builds skills in handling new and unexpected events and in interacting with people of varying backgrounds and experience.

As they practice reflection, students gain insight into relationships with friends, family, co-workers, faculty, and patients. Through their portfolios, students seek to understand and to communicate the value of their accomplishments.

A student portfolio holds samples of student work and experiences with a reflection page attached to each sample. The portfolio allows students to keep track of experiences from school, work, personal and civic opportunities that have been important to learning.

What Is Included in the Portfolio?

The NMC Portfolio is organized around the three Educated Citizen goals. For each goal, students record experiences and the related learning on a cover sheet. Artifacts can be included to illustrate specific experiences. Artifacts may include papers, assignments, photographs, newspaper clippings, book reviews or awards.

Core Curriculum

Minimum requirements for the Core Curriculum are broken up into four categories: communications, humanities, social sciences and natural & applied sciences. Below is a list of all of the courses NMC offers to fulfill these requirements. Each program has specific requirements within these categories. Consult the program courses tab for more specific information.

A baccalaureate degree requires 45 credit hours and an associate degree requires 21 credit hours to complete the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum.

Educated Citizen Core Curriculum

Baccalaureate Degree (45 credit hours)

Communications (9 credit hours)

  • COM 101 English Composition
  • COM 255 or COM 262 Beginning Healthcare Spanish/American Sign Language Basic Skill
  • COM 320 Healthcare Collaboration & Leadership

Humanities (15 credit hours)

  • HUM 150 Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric
  • HUM 210/213 Introduction to Ethics/Principles & Practice of Ethics
  • HUM 250 - 259  The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • **HUM 220-229/250-259/270-279 The World of Ideas: Electives

Natural & Applied Sciences & Math (9 credit hours)

  • 9 credits determined by program. Students must take at least one science course with a lab equivalent of 1 credit/45 contact hours.

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

  • PSY 101/215 Introduction to Psychology/Lifespan Development
  • SSC 235 The Sociology of Culture
  • SSC 325/370 Applied Analysis of Research/research Methods
  • SSC 465 Capstone: The Educated Citizen
  • **Six credits of Humanities: At least of one of the two humanities elective courses must be in the Arts or Human Connection distribution area.

Associate Degree (21 credit hours)

Communications (6 credit hours)

  • COM 101 English Composition
  • COM 255 OR COM 262 Beginning Healthcare Spanish/American Sign Language Basic Skills

Humanities (6 credit hours)

  • HUM 150 The World of Ideas: Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric
  • HUM 220-229/250-259/270-279 The World of Ideas: Elective

Natural & Applied Sciences & Math (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credits determined by program

Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • PSY 101/215 Introduction to Psychology/Lifespan Development
  • SSC 235 The Sociology of Culture

Educated Citizen Core Curriculum

Baccalaureate Degree (45 credit hours)

Communications (9 credit hours)

  • COM 101 English Composition
  • COM 255 or COM 262 Beginning Healthcare Spanish/American Sign Language Basic Skill
  • COM 320 Healthcare Collaboration & Leadership

Humanities (15 credit hours)

  • HUM 150 Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric
  • HUM 210/213 Introduction to Ethics/Principles & Practice of Ethics
  • HUM 250 - 259  The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • **HUM 220-229/250-259/270-279 The World of Ideas: Electives

Natural & Applied Sciences & Math (9 credit hours)

  • 9 credits determined by program. Students must take at least one science course with a lab equivalent of 1 credit/45 contact hours.

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

  • PSY 101/215 Introduction to Psychology/Lifespan Development
  • SSC 235 The Sociology of Culture
  • SSC 325/370 Applied Analysis of Research/research Methods
  • SSC 465 Capstone: The Educated Citizen
  • **Six credits of Humanities: At least of one of the two humanities elective courses must be in the Arts or Human Connection distribution area.

Associate Degree (21 credit hours)

Communications (6 credit hours)

  • COM 101 English Composition
  • COM 255 OR COM 262 Beginning Healthcare Spanish/American Sign Language Basic Skills

Humanities (6 credit hours)

  • HUM 150 The World of Ideas: Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric
  • HUM 220-229/250-259/270-279 The World of Ideas: Elective

Natural & Applied Sciences & Math (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credits determined by program

Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • PSY 101/215 Introduction to Psychology/Lifespan Development
  • SSC 235 The Sociology of Culture

Division of Arts & Sciences

All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete a set of Arts & Sciences courses entitled "The Educated Citizen Core Curriculum." These are requirements that are asked of all students, regardless of program. Additionally, there are program-specific general education requirements identified within each professional program description.

Philosophy

The Division of Arts & Sciences embraces multiple ways of knowing and integrative approaches to the enduring and emerging challenges of our global society.

Mission

Arts & Sciences prepares students with transferable knowledge from communications, humanities, natural and applied sciences, and social sciences to actively engage as educated citizens and health professionals in our world.