Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

General Education Program Goals

  1. Introducing students to interdisciplinary education;
  2. Providing knowledge that includes disciplinary breadth;
  3. Working with students to develop an understanding of critical social problems;
  4. Supporting the development of important academic skills including communication, critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative and information literacy.
 

Learning Outcomes:

Each General Education course will meet at least one of the Learning Outcomes in each category.
 
Biological Sciences
  • Explain central principles and theories of biological sciences.
  • Describe the inquiry process through which the sciences approach the development of understanding of the natural/biological world.
 
Ethnic Studies
  • Identify and describe ethnic, racial, and cultural contrasts from multiple perspectives.
  • Articulate causes and effects of stereotyping and racism.
 
Fine Arts
  • Demonstrate technical skills and knowledge necessary to create or perform artistic functions.
  • Develop historical, stylistic, cultural or aesthetic knowledge necessary to create or evaluate quality of an art form. 
 
Global Cultures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and engage in informed judgments of global issues and individual and cultural differences outside the United States.
  • Explore issues that cross geographic, political, economic and/or socio-cultural boundaries outside the United States.
 
Humanities
  • Describe the Humanities’ unique ways of understanding major events and movements in Western and world civilizations by critically examining a range of literary, philosophical, and other cultural texts produced by those movements.
  • Articulate individual and social values within cultures and the implications of decisions made on the basis of those values.
 
Physical Sciences
  • Explain central principles and theories of physical sciences.
  • Describe the inquiry process through which the sciences approach the development of understanding of the physical world. 
 
Quantitative Literacy
  • Demonstrate competence in performing quantitative operations.
  • Apply analytical concepts and operations to interpret models and aid in problem-solving, decision-making, and other real-world problems.
 
Social Sciences
  • Explain how social scientists practice critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate the ability to address problems using tools and methods exemplary of two different social sciences.
 
Sustainability
  • Think critically regarding the array and implications of alternative sustainability definitions and describe why actions to achieve sustainability are complex and controversial.
  • Discuss sustainability within the context of ethical decision-making and engage in informed judgments about environmental problems as socially responsible citizens.