to Courses at Northwest Indian College Every 100 and 200 level course at NWIC is given a general education designation which is used to determine how it applies to the graduation requirements for each program of study. The following is a set of guidelines developed by the NWIC faculty and Curriculum Committee to aid in assigning general education codes to new and revised courses.
Communications Skills (CS)
Courses designated CS focus on the development of written or oral communication skills.
CS courses generally contain some or all of the following elements and will vary from course to course:
Requiring organization and critical evaluation of written content
Developing research sources
Using quotes, citations and other skills related to writing
Developing self-editing skills
Developing effective interpersonal skills
Understanding and practicing cultural aspects of communication/cultural communication skills
Assertive communication skills (finding your voice)
Vocabulary development and use of technical terminology appropriately in written and oral communication
Courses designated QS focus on the development of quantitative and analytic skills.
QS courses generally contain some or all of the following elements and will vary from course to course:
Development of basic mathematics skills
Interpretation and creation of statistical and graphical data
Analytic computer skills (such as programming)
Statistical analysis and manipulation
Solving real world problems using analytic skills
Critical thinking skills particularly in relationship to native and western perspectives
Understanding and application of quantitative approaches to multiple disciplines
Native perspectives on quantitative skills
Humanities (HT or HP)
Courses designated as humanities focus on those things that make us human, relating to the human condition, including the arts, music, theater, creative writing/poetry/literature, language arts, film, religion, and philosophy.
Humanities courses generally contain some or all of the following elements and will vary from course to course:
Humanities Theory (HT) – Courses designated humanities theory contain some or all of the following elements in addition to the general humanities qualities:
Study of spirituality
Connection to nature
Evaluation and synthesis (i.e. higher order processes in Bloom’s taxonomy)
Humanities Performance (HP) – Courses designated humanities performance are primarily focused on the expression or demonstration of the humanities rather than theory and contain some or all of the following elements in addition to the general humanities qualities:
Social Sciences (SS)
Courses designated SS focus on the study of the social life of human groups and individuals including cultural anthropology, economics, history, Native American studies, political science, psychology and sociology.
SS courses contain some or all of the following elements and will vary from course to course:
Data, analysis, comparisons and organization about people and culture
Identity and the macro, meso, and micro influences on identity
Social justice, equality, diversity
Theories related to history
How groups interact
Human organizations – including governments, bureaucracies, and institutions
Impacts of people on organizations/impacts of organizations on people
Psychological and sociological perspectives on the phenomenal world
Native perspectives on social sciences
Natural Sciences (NS or NSL)
Courses designated natural sciences focus on the study of the physical world and its phenomena, including the disciplines of astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physical geography, geology, mathematics, native environmental science, physical science and interdisciplinary sciences.
Natural sciences courses generally contain some or all of the following elements and will vary from course to course:
Use of the scientific method
Empirical approaches to study the natural world
Use of mathematics to describe and study the phenomenal world
Perspectives concerning the phenomenal world (that which may be touched or observed directly or indirectly)
Systematic views to describe the physical world
Dealing with accuracy and systemization of observation of the physical world
Ecological systems (relationships and interactions)
Humans' roles/ethics related to the physical world
Connections between art and science
Sustainability and environmental impacts
Native perspectives on natural sciences
Natural Sciences Laboratory (NSL) – Courses designated natural sciences laboratory contain some or all of the following elements in addition to the natural sciences qualities:
Use of contrasting examples to enlighten contemporary Native aspects – a cultural balance
Larger Native worldview
Understanding regional history (Coast Salish, Nez Perce, etc.)
Micro, meso and macro interconnections relating to native culture and other disciplines
A student can use each course to satisfy one general education requirement only - CS, QS, HT, HP, NS, NSL, TE or NE. In certain cases, a course may be used to satisfy either of two general education requirements. For example, a math course may satisfy either a QS or NS requirement.
Courses that are not coded as CS, QS, HT, HP, SS, NS, or NSL will be coded Transfer Electives (TE) or Non-transfer electives (NE) according to the current Washington State Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines.
Student Success courses are coded TE (for CMPS 101) or NE (for HMDV 110).