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General Education Program
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All General Inquires:
Student Learning Outcomes
Area I: Effective Communication
In a Written Composition Course, students will:
- Become aware of expectations of different audiences.
- Demonstrate the ability to make explicit choices about the form and content of writing.
- Understand multiple modes of inquiry and demonstrate the ability to incorporate significant research into writing that engages a question and/or topic.
- Understand that writing takes place through recurring processes of invention, revision, and editing and develop successful, flexible strategies for their own writing through these processes.
- Use conventions associated with standard written English.
- Use academic citation systems (MLA/APA) for documenting work.
- Use a computer to construct sequential drafts of writing projects.
- Acquire the ability to locate and critically assess sources online.
In an Oral Communication course, students will:
- Communicate oral messages intended for public audiences.
- Analyze oral messages presented to public audiences by others.
- Craft oral arguments intended for public audiences.
- Manage communication apprehension as related to the presentation of oral messages to public audiences.
- Articulate the relationship between public oral communication and democratic life in historical and contemporary contexts.
- Demonstrate the principles of ethical oral public communication.
In an Upper-Level Writing Intensive Courses in the Major, students will
- Develop and employ successful, flexible writing and reading strategies that support sustained inquiry in a discipline.
- Use writing strategies that achieve the purposes for writing and address the expectations of audiences within a disciplinary context.
- Formulate research questions and employ strategies for researching and responding to questions.
- Use discipline-specific genres to communicate information.
- Understand conventions for communicating, disseminating, and interpreting information within a discipline.
Area II: Quantitative Reasoning
In a Quantitative Reasoning Course, students will learn to solve real-life problems using a mathematical modeling process. They will learn to:
1. Build an appropriate model.
- Estimate an answer to the problem
- Identify important components of the model
- Collect or generate appropriate data
- Analyze the situation using arithmetic, geometric, algebraic, and probabilistic or statistical methods.
2. Use the model to solve the problem.
- Propose a solution
- Evaluate the reasonableness of the solution.
3. Communicate the results of their analysis.
- Share the findings in oral or written reports using appropriate mathematical language.
- Write summaries to explain how they reached their conclusions.
- Communicate quantitative relationships using symbols, equations, graphs, and tables.
4. Evaluate the model.
- Draw other inferences from the model.
- Identify the assumptions of the model
- Discuss the limitations of the model.
Area III: Perspectives of a Diverse World
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.
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.
Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 that 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:
- 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.
- 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.