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General Education Program
Starkweather Hall, 1st Floor
Dr. Chris Foreman
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.
a) Estimate an answer to the problem
b) Identify important components of the model
c) Collect or generate appropriate data
d) Analyze the situation using arithmetic, geometric, algebraic, and probabilistic or statistical methods.
2) Use the model to solve the problem.
a) Propose a solution
b) Evaluate the reasonableness of the solution.
3) Communicate the results of their analysis.
a) Share the findings in oral or written reports using appropriate mathematical language.
b) Write summaries to explain how they reached their conclusions.
c) Communicate quantitative relationships using symbols, equations, graphs, and tables.
4) Evaluate the model.
a) Draw other inferences from the model.
b) Identify the assumptions of the model
c) 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.