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What are the Principles behind Area "B" of the Core Curriculum? 

The initial development of the Perspectives courses to fill Area B at VSU was motivated by the following goals:

  1. To provide institutional definition in keeping with the University's mission statement that calls for a "scope of influence defined by the needs of a specific region of the state, and by particularly outstanding programs or distinctive characteristics that have a magnet effect even beyond the region."
  2. To provide collaborative teaching and learning experiences in keeping with the University's mission statement that calls for "a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic programming."
  3. To satisfy the principles of the University System of Georgia's Core Curriculum, which requires that each institution offer a significant, coherent, and cohesive general education component and that it foster "interdisciplinary learning" and global awareness.
  4. To demonstrate commitment to the University's General Education Outcomes by encouraging a connection between local issues and the demands of a global society.
  5. To provide intellectual reinvigoration and opportunities for creative collaboration.
  6. To provide a venue for courses that are characteristic of programs that fall outside traditional offerings.

Developing a Perspectives Course for your students (useful for faculty).
Creating a Perspectives Syllabus for your students (necessary for faculty developing a PERS syllabus)

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For more information about Perspectives in general, please contact:

(Please note: Dr. LaPlant does not have any authority to overide students into PERS courses.
Please contact the professor or the respective department offering the course to inquire about the overide process.)

Dr. James LaPlant
Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA  31698

(Last updated 7-21-11)