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General Education

The General Education program provides a baseline of knowledge for students they can expand upon in their program level courses.


Oglala Lakota College General Education refers to the teaching of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that the College envisions all its graduates to have, regardless of their degree. These characteristics are guided by OLC’s unique mission and expressed in a general education goal and eleven general education student learning outcomes. The learning outcomes are grouped into six areas: Disposition, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, technology, and diversity. OLC’s general education courses provide students with a foundation in these areas on which program-level courses expand.

General Education Mission

Oglala Lakota College General Education provides opportunities for students to acquire and apply the skills and disposition necessary to become life-long learners and contributing members of their diverse local and global communities through Wolakolkiciyapi. Wolakolkiciyapi is a philosophical concept referring to 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 Goal

Students will exemplify Wolakolkiciyapi – learning Lakota ways of life in community.

Upon completion of a degree program, the student should be able to:

GEO 1: Apply cultural values in a learning atmosphere.

Written and Oral Communication
GEO 2: Communicate effectively in writing using both Lakota and English.
GEO 3: Demonstrate oral communication skills in both Lakota and English.

Quantitative Reasoning
GEO 4: Apply quantitative analytical skills.

Critical Thinking
GEO 5: Examine concepts and theories across multiple contexts and disciplines.
GEO 6: Critically review resource material.
GEO 7: Develop ideas to address contemporary issues.
GEO 8: Critically examine sovereignty

GEO 9: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard computer technologies.

GEO 10: Examine the importance of diversity.
GEO 11: Examine the contexts of Lakota social organizations, communities and global networks.

Math Science Humanities Speech English
Math 103
Math 134

These courses cannot be
transferred to other institutions
Bio 103
Bio 113
Art 103
Art 133
Art 153
Hum 143
Hum 203
Hum 213
SpCm 103 Engl 103
Engl 113
Engl 143

Lakota Studies Social Science Literature Applied Science Technology
Lak 103
Lak 233
LSoc 103
LHist 203
LHist 213
LLit 103
LArt 103
Geog 213
Pols 203
Psy 103
SoSc 103
Econ 203
Lit 203 CS 103
OEd 103
OMath 113
TMath 123

These courses are specific
to Vocational Education

Apply Now Meet The Faculty General Education Documents