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General Education Program
Starkweather Hall, 1st Floor
734.487.0439

WINTER 2016

OFFICE HOURS

  • Tuesday-Thursdays:      10:30 - 2:30pm
  • All other days, virtually or by appointment only

All General Inquires:
generaleducation@emich.edu 

 

Contact Information:

Dr. Chris Foreman
Director
cforeman@emich.edu

Rachel Dick
Graduate Assistant

rdick2@emich.edu

Gen Ed Outcomes

Below are the course outcomes group by Gen Ed program section.

Quantitative Reasoning

In a Quantitative Reasoning Course, students will learn to solve real-life problems using a mathematical modeling process. They will learn to:

  • Identify an appropriate model
  • Identify and discuss assumptions
  • Collect or generate appropriate data
  • Analyze a situation using arithmetic, geometric, algebraic, and probabilistic or statistical methods
  • Estimate answers
  • Propose and evaluate solutions
  • Predict outcomes in other situations based on what they have learned from their analysis
  • Understand and communicate quantitative relationships using symbols, equations, graphs, and tables
  • Share their findings in oral and written reports using appropriate mathematical language
  • Write summaries to explain how they reached their conclusions
  • Draw inferences from a model
  • Discuss the limitations of the model

Global Awareness

In the Global Awareness course, students will:

  • Explore specific global issues influencing diverse nations and/or cultures, along with their interrelations within the global community
  • Explore their own culture and cultural practices and how these relate to the cultures and cultural practices of others in the global community
  • Explore the social and historical dynamics that create and influence nations, governments, global alliances, and global conflicts
  • Explore the causes and consequences of social, cultural, and racial intolerance in the world
  • Analyze and synthesize information from diverse sources to make informed decisions regarding global issues

U.S. Diversity

In the U.S. Diversity course, students will:

  • Examine the complexity of their own cultural identities and how these relate to the cultural identities of others in the U.S.
  • Explore the causes and consequences of social intolerance in the U.S.
  • Examine the differences between social intolerance and institutionalized racism, ethnocentrism, and exclusion in the U.S.
  • Explore how diversity has affected and continues to affect income distribution, economic mobility, political access, and the democratic process in the U.S.
  • Develop an awareness of alternative values, views, and communication styles in the U.S.

Arts

In the Arts courses, students will:

  • Acquire basic knowledge and skills in the use of the vocabularies, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods in an arts discipline
  • Examine the relationship between creative and critical thinking
  • Learn the relationship between content and form
  • Begin to understand historical development in an arts discipline
  • Develop ability to evaluate work in an arts discipline
  • Learn to define and solve artistic problems

Humanities

In Humanities courses, students will:

  • Recognize how the humanities cultivate aesthetic appreciation, imagination, and empathic understanding of others
  • Demonstrate basic competency in reading and understanding literary, philosophical, or religious works both in their original historical context and as they inform debate and dialogue today
  • Analyze and write about literary, philosophical, or religious works
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the history of literary works, or religious or philosophical ideas
  • Become familiar with the discursive practices particular to the study of the humanities
  • Begin to recognize how society influences humanistic thought and how the humanities transform society
  • Become practiced in the interpretation and generation of ideas

Foreign Language

In Foreign Language courses, students will:

  • Communicate at a basic functional level in a language other than their own native language
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between culture and language
  • Use basic forms and structures of a language in communicating in that language

Social Science

In Social Science courses, students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of social science methods and of how they are used to engage in the systematic study of society and culture
  • Understand and compare formal and informal social and political structures, organizations, and institutions
  • Explore and understand power relationships and the impact of social change on different groups and on society in general
  • Develop an appreciation of different interpretations of contemporary issues, institutions, or structures
  • Use social science methods and content to interpret and analyze data and reports in the media and to make informed decisions regarding local, national, and international issues
  • Use basic social scientific research techniques to examine and present information in a clear and concise manner
  • Understand the relation between qualitative and quantitative research

Natural Science

In Natural Science courses, students will:

Apply the scientific method and its assumptions to pose and answer questions.

  • Make observations, develop appropriate classifications, and infer trends
  • Gather original data to verify the validity and reliability of accepted scientific principles
  • Analyze and solve a scientific problem by drawing conclusions based on original data gathered using appropriate experimental techniques
  • Use the processes and methods of science to demonstrate how reproducible experimental observations give rise to fundamental laws and theories
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which theories may evolve with time
  • Analyze and solve problems by identifying and utilizing appropriate data and methodology

Attain a basic knowledge of current scientific understanding of the universe and the laws that govern it.

  • Demonstrate a core knowledge base of facts and information
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the hierarchical structure of natural science

Become a scientifically literate citizen.

  • Acquire and apply an appropriate technical vocabulary
  • Interpret, analyze, and critically evaluate data and reports in the media relating to the natural sciences
  • Engage in informed discussions about the validity of the conclusions from reports in the media relating to the natural sciences
  • Employ available resources to find relevant scientific or technical information
  • Make informed decisions about scientific issues in daily life

Learning Beyond the Classroom

In Self and Well-Being experiences, students will:

  • Learn to achieve a balance between education, work, and leisure.
  • Choose behaviors and environments that promote health and reduce risk.
  • Develop skills and habits taht aid in future life and career pursuits.

In Community Service, Citizenship and Leadership experiences, students will:

  • Participate in the development, maintenance, and/or change of community standards and norms.
  • Participate in service/volunteer activities.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Develop skills and habits that aid in future life and career pursuits.
  • Develop and practice empathy for others.
  • Acquire skills for working cooperatively with others.

In Cultural and Academic Activities and Events experiences, students will:

  • Understand and appreciate the relationship between curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Experience and feel part of the campus community.
  • Appreciate campus activities and events that broaden their academic experiences.

In Career and Professional Development experiences, students will:

  • Consider their careers and futures as professionals in reference to what they have achieved already, what they are doing currently, and what their interests and goals are.
  • Explore various career and professional opportunities through structured channels.

In International and Multicultural experiences, students will: 

International:

  • Appreciate cultures outside of the U.S.
  • Understand how different cultures approach social problems.
  • Acquire the perspective of a cultural minority.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to function in another culture.

Multicultural:

  • Understand and appreciate cultures within the U.S.
  • Appreciate various forms of cultural expression.
  • Communicate effectively across cultures within the U.S.

In Undergraduate Research experiences, students will:

  • Learn to carry out self-directed or independent learning projects.
  • Collaborate with or be mentored by a faculty member.
  • Appreciate the value of learning for self-understanding and actualization.
  • Appreciate the value of intelletual and critical engagement with local and global issues.
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