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Faculty and Staff


  • Dr. W. John Koolage

Graduate Assistants

  • Lauren Williams
  • Vee Kennedy

Faculty Fellows (Fall 2019)

  • Dr. Stephanie Casey
  • Dr. Laura McMahon
  • Dr. Matt Cook
  • Dr. Dennis O'Grady
  • Dr. Amy Johnson
  • Dr. Nick Romerhausen

General Education Program

101 Boone

Student Learning Outcomes

Area I: Effective Communication

In a Written Composition Course, students will:

  1. Literacy: Learn and practice flexible strategies for reading and writing for different purposes in a discipline.

  2. Rhetorical Awareness: Write in ways that achieve the purposes for writing and addresses the expectations of audiences in disciplinary contexts.

  3. Research and Inquiry: Learn to engage in inquiry and develop processes for research applicable to and acceptable within one’s discipline.

  4. Genre Awareness: Gain familiarity with and use discipline-specific genres and appropriate modalities to communicate information.

  5. Disciplinary Conventions: Understand and follow the conventions for communicating, disseminating, and interpreting information in a discipline.

  6. Reflection: Cultivate a reflective mindset for analyzing writing processes and constructing plans for subsequent writing through assigned meaningful reflection on writing practices and experiences.

In an Oral Communication course, students will:

  1. Communicate oral messages intended for public audiences.
  2. Analyze oral messages presented to public audiences by others.
  3. Craft oral arguments intended for public audiences.
  4. Manage communication apprehension as related to the presentation of oral messages to public audiences.
  5. Articulate the relationship between public oral communication and democratic life in historical and contemporary contexts.
  6. Demonstrate the principles of ethical oral public communication.

In an Upper-Level Writing Intensive Courses in the Major, students will

  1. Develop and employ successful, flexible writing and reading strategies that support sustained inquiry in a discipline.
  2. Use writing strategies that achieve the purposes for writing and address the expectations of audiences within a disciplinary context.
  3. Formulate research questions and employ strategies for researching and responding to questions.
  4. Use discipline-specific genres to communicate information.
  5. 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.

  1. Estimate an answer to the problem
  2. Identify important components of the model
  3. Collect or generate appropriate data 
  4. Analyze the situation using arithmetic, geometric, algebraic, and probabilistic or statistical methods. 

2. Use the model to solve the problem.  

  1. Propose a solution 
  2. Evaluate the reasonableness of the solution.  

3. Communicate the results of their analysis.

  1. Share the findings in oral or written reports using appropriate mathematical language.
  2. Write summaries to explain how they reached their conclusions. 
  3. Communicate quantitative relationships using symbols, equations, graphs, and tables. 

4. Evaluate the model.

  1. Draw other inferences from the model. 
  2. Identify the assumptions of the model
  3. Discuss the limitations of the model. 


Area III: Perspectives on a Diverse World

In the Global Awareness course, students will:

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

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

  1. Examine the complexity of their own cultural identities and how these relate to the cultural identities of others in the U.S.
  2. Explore the causes and consequences of social intolerance in the U.S.
  3. Examine the differences between social intolerance and institutionalized racism, ethnocentrism, and exclusion in the U.S.
  4. Explore how diversity has affected and continues to affect income distribution, economic mobility, political access, and the democratic process in the U.S.
  5. 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:

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

In Humanities courses, students will:

  1. Recognize how the humanities cultivate aesthetic appreciation, imagination, and empathic understanding of others.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyze and write about literary, philosophical, or religious works.
  4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the history of literary works, or religious or philosophical ideas.
  5. Become familiar with the discursive practices particular to the study of the humanities.
  6. Begin to recognize how society influences humanistic thought and how the humanities transform society.
  7. Become practiced in the interpretation and generation of ideas.

In Foreign Language courses, students will:

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

In Social Science courses, students will:

  1. Acquire an understanding of social science methods and of how they are used to engage in the systematic study of society and culture.
  2. Understand and compare formal and informal social and political structures, organizations, and institutions.
  3. Explore and understand power relationships and the impact of social change on different groups and on society in general.
  4. Develop an appreciation of different interpretations of contemporary issues, institutions, or structures.
  5. 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.
  6. Use basic social scientific research techniques to examine and present information in a clear and concise manner.
  7. Understand the relation between qualitative and quantitative research.

In Natural Science courses, students will:

  1. Apply the scientific method and its assumptions to pose and answer questions.
    1. Make observations, develop appropriate classifications, and infer trends.
    2. Gather original data to verify the validity and reliability of accepted scientific principles.
    3. Analyze and solve a scientific problem by drawing conclusions based on original data gathered using appropriate experimental techniques.
    4. Use the processes and methods of science to demonstrate how reproducible experimental observations give rise to fundamental laws and theories.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which theories may evolve with time.
    6. Analyze and solve problems by identifying and utilizing appropriate data and methodology.
  2. Attain a basic knowledge of current scientific understanding of the universe and the laws that govern it.
    1. Demonstrate a core knowledge base of facts and information.
    2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the hierarchical structure of natural science.
  3. Become a scientifically literate citizen.
    1. Acquire and apply an appropriate technical vocabulary.
    2. Interpret, analyze, and critically evaluate data and reports in the media relating to the natural sciences.
    3. Engage in informed discussions about the validity of the conclusions from reports in the media relating to the natural sciences.
    4. Employ available resources to find relevant scientific or technical information.
    5. Make informed decisions about scientific issues in daily life.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

In Self and Well-Being experiences, students will:

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

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

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

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

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

In Career and Professional Development experiences, students will:

  1. 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.
  2. Explore various career and professional opportunities through structured channels.

In International and Multicultural experiences, students will: 

  1. International:
    1. Appreciate cultures outside of the U.S.
    2. Understand how different cultures approach social problems.
    3. Acquire the perspective of a cultural minority.
    4. Acquire the skills necessary to function in another culture.
  2. Multicultural:
    1. Understand and appreciate cultures within the U.S.
    2. Appreciate various forms of cultural expression.
    3. Communicate effectively across cultures within the U.S.

In Undergraduate Research experiences, students will:

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


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