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General Education Framework

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The purpose of General Education courses at any institution of higher learning is to ensure that students are well-rounded individuals and to prepare them to meet challenges as individuals and members of a community. Oglala Lakota College General Education provides opportunities for students to acquire and apply the skills and dispositions necessary to become life-long learners and contributing members of their diverse local and global communities through Wolakolkiciyapi, learning the Lakota ways of life in the community. The General Education courses at OLC emphasize knowledge of Lakota culture and values, critical thinking, communication skills in both English and Lakota, and diversity.

General Education Goal and Outcomes

OLC's unique mission is evident in the general education goal and outcomes. The general education program has a primary goal which filters through all aspects of the program.

General Education Goal

The goal of OLC General Education is that students will exemplify Wolakolkiciyapi. Wolakolkiciyapi is a philosophical concept, a mutual agreement for continued peace and harmony within one’s life and community. It exemplifies Lakota virtues including compassion, bravery, fortitude, generosity, patience, humility, and wisdom. By continuing to improve him or herself through the practice of Wolakolkiciyapi, the student may better him or herself and the community.

General Education Outcomes

OLC has eleven General Education outcomes organized under six core abilities. The General Education program encourages students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be successful in their degree programs. The outcomes state that upon completion of a degree program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply cultural values in a learning atmosphere.
Written and Oral Communication
  1. Communicate effectively in writing using both Lakota and English.
  2. Demonstrate oral communication skills in both Lakota and English.
Quantitative Reasoning
  1. Apply quantitative analytical skills.
Critical Thinking
  1. Examine concepts and theories across multiple contexts and disciplines.
  2. Critically review resource material.
  3. Develop ideas to address contemporary issues.
  4. Critically examine sovereignty.
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard computer technologies.
  1. Examine the importance of diversity.
  2. Examine the contexts of Lakota social organizations, communities and global networks.
General Education Courses
Math 103
MIS 113

Bio 103
Bio 113

Art 103
Art 153
Hum 143
Hum 203
Hum 213
SpCm 103

Engl 103
Engl 113

Lakota Studies
Lak 103
Lak 233
Lsoc 103
LHist 203
LLit 103
LArt 103
LPol 223

Social Science
Geog 213
HISA 203
HISA 213
HISA 233
HISA 243
Pols 203
Psy 103
SoSc 103
Econ 203
Lit 203

Applied Science
OMath 113
TMath 123
OEd 103