The General Education Program is based on a set of first principles that define the characteristics of a Chapman graduate. A Chapman graduate is expected to be competent in the following basic skills:
Dedicated to the breadth that a liberal arts education provides, Chapman University also expects its graduates to achieve an understanding of the following concepts:
I. Basic Skills (12 credits)
Writing and Critical Thinking Skills: (6 credits)
Oral Expression and Critical Thinking: (3 credits)
Communication or a college level course in critical thinking
Quantitative Skills: (3 credits)
MATU 104 or higher or any statistics course
(Embedded throughout the curriculum)
II. Breadth Requirements (30 credits)
Humanities (12 credits from a minimum of three areas)
English, Foreign Languages
Natural Sciences (6 credits)
Social Sciences (12 credits from a minimum of three areas)
Social Science/other related areas
III. University College Foundations: (3 credits)
IV. Writing Proficiency Requirement:
Successful passing of the Junior Writing Proficiency Examination (JWP) after completion of a minimum of 60 credits and ENGU 104 or documentation of passing an equivalent mid-point Writing Proficiency Exam from another accredited university.
Students who receive a score of "failing" on the JWP Exam must enroll in ENGU 300 and pass it with a grade of C "2.0" or higher.
Students who receive a score of "deficient" on the JWP Exam may either retake the test and receive a "passing" score or enroll in ENGU 300 and pass it with a grade of C "2.0" or higher. The test may be taken more than once and the requirement should be completed by the time the student achieves senior standing.