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General Education

General Education

Goals of General Education

The goal of the College's general education program is to develop students' knowledge and skills in the following areas:

1. Critical Thinking Skills.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and evaluate evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc.
  2. Students will be able to construct well-supported, clearly articulated, and sustained arguments.
  3. Students will be able to justify conclusions based on well-supported arguments.
  4. Students will be able to solve realistic problems.

2. Written Communication Skills.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate rhetorical knowledge by focusing on audience, purpose, context, medium and message.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and writing by developing their writing over time through a series of tasks. These tasks include finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing sources into their own ideas.
  3. Students will demonstrate composing processes through prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, individually and with peers.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of conventions through the use of tone, mechanics, and documentation in a variety of formats and genres.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in a range of rhetorical modes.

3. Oral Communication Skills.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to discover, organize and deliver content that is adapted to the appropriate audience, purpose and context.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication delivery techniques (e.g., volume, gesture, posture, eye contact, language).
  3. Students will demonstrate active listening skills and the ability to respond thoughtfully to questions.
  4. Students will create and use appropriate supporting materials and presentation aids.

4. Familiarity with the Western Tradition.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with several important works in the Western tradition.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central themes of several important works in the Western tradition.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context of several important works in the Western tradition.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the lasting influence of several important works in the Western tradition.
  5. Students will be able to compare/contrast the central ideas, values, and perspectives of two or more works in the Western tradition.

5. Familiarity with the Non-Western Traditions.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with several important works from non-Western traditions.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central themes of several important works from non-Western traditions.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context of several important works from non-Western traditions.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the lasting influence of several important works from non-Western traditions.
  5. Students will be able to compare/contrast the central ideas, values, and perspectives of two or more works from non-Western traditions.
  6. Students will be able to compare/contrast the central ideas, values, and perspectives in works from the Western and from non-Western traditions.

6. Familiarity with the Arts.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the vocabulary of the visual arts.
  2. Students will demonstrate some knowledge of the formal analysis of art.
  3. Students will demonstrate some knowledge of the techniques appropriate to at least one form of artistic expression.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between a work of art and its cultural and historical context.

7. Familiarity with the Humanities.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one humanities disciplines: American Studies, Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies.
  2. Students will demonstrate close reading and critical thinking ability in the humanities.

8. Familiarity with the Natural Sciences.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method of inquiry.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate a hypothesis related to phenomena in one of the disciplines in the natural sciences.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the data, evidence, and models that scientists use to make judgments about the natural world.

9. Familiarity with the Social Sciences.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the methods used to study social phenomena in at least one of the disciplines in the social sciences.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate a hypothesis related to social phenomena in one of the disciplines of the social sciences.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the data, evidence, and models used to make judgments in the social sciences.

10. Quantitative Methods.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use and interpret numerical data, to conceptualize in quantitative or abstract symbolic terms, and/or use the methods of statistics.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend mathematical arguments, formulas, and graphical representations.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to understand and to use numerical data in problem solving and critical thinking.

11. Technological and Information Literacy.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to make use of electronic and non-electronic methods to retrieve, use and evaluate information in pursuit of scholarly activity.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to use scholarly information from electronic and non-electronic sources in their own work.

12. Foreign Language.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of listening comprehension in at least one foreign language.
  2. Students will demonstrate a basic ability to speak least one foreign language.
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic ability to read least one foreign language.
  4. Students will demonstrate a basic ability to write in least one foreign language, including the essential elements of grammar.

13. Environmental Awareness.

Outcome: Students will demonstrate an awareness of issues concerning the sustaining of the natural environment.

14. Global Awareness.

Outcome: Students will demonstrate an awareness of issues concerning the fostering of cross-cultural understanding and respect for diversity in a global society.

15. Service Learning.

Outcome: Students will engage in service learning and be able to reflect upon the value of service learning projects to themselves and to the community.

16. Reflection on Values and Meaning.

Outcome: Students will be able to articulate and examine their beliefs and values.

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