Data Assessment

General Education Competencies

General Education Subject Areas

Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness

The student will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of the arts as an expression of culture through individual expression and through an examination of the impact of the arts on society.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. identify the role of the arts as both a reflection of, and an influence on, culture;
  2. apply knowledge of the terminology and skills necessary to understand the artistic experience;
  3. interpret aesthetic qualities in works of art;
  4. examine the impact of the creative process on people's cultural and ethical values and priciples; and
  5. describe the communal and communicative value of the arts through participation in cultural events, programs, classes, and other experiences.

Literature

The student will develop life-long habits of reading literature for pleasure, information and personal growth. This subject area will provide students a disciplined study of literature and a skill set that includes critical thinking, reading and writing skills that will be applicable in personal, academic, and professional settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. analyze the influence of the reader's perspective on the interpretation of literature;
  2. apply critical reading and analytical skills to make logical and interpretive inferences;
  3. evaluate the influence of the author's perspective on the development of individual works of literature;
  4. describe the interrelationship of imagination and experience in creative writing;
  5. analyze the historical and cultural context of literature; and
  6. compose critical essays on literary topics using the specified style of documentation.

Science

Students will utilize scientific inquiry as a method for studying the natural world as they explore the fundamentals of science. Through critical thinking and problem solving, students will apply scientific concepts and methods.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. utilize the scientific method to analyze the effect of natural phenomena on living things and the physical world;
  2. examine relationships between human activity and environmental sustainability; and
  3. apply problem solving skills in scientific laboratory experimentation.

History

Students will explore changes and continuities throughout history to better understand elements of the human experience. The history general education requirement will introduce students to the interrelations of political, social, economic, cultural, and religious perspectives from the recent and more distant past.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. investigate the past as a context for explaining significant aspects of the present;
  2. examine the development of selected societies, institutions, and processes over time; and
  3. distinguish between primary and secondary sources and explain the use of each in understanding the past.

Diversity Awareness

Students will examine diverse cultures, while focusing on selected historical and contemporary examples. Students will study identities, influences, and practices that shape and contribute to the diversity of culture. The diversity requirement supports student awareness of contemporary issues in the global community.  

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. identify sources and forms of cultural diversity;
  2. examine major forms of interaction among different cultures; and
  3. analyze the implications of globalization on culture and diversity.

Social and Personal Awareness

The students will use fundamental concepts of social science methodology to identify and explain the relationship between the self and the world.  

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. explain relationships between the individual and society;
  2. evaluate the social implications of institutional change; and
  3. identify the fundamental concepts of a social science methodology.

Political Science

Political science is instrumental for imparting knowledge of political processes, values, and public policy. It is designed to provide students with the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for informed citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. examine the ways in which power and authority are embedded in the structure and workings of the government and politics;
  2. analyze political issues from diverse perspectives;
  3. examine political behavior in various contexts;
  4. analyze the causes and implications of conflict, compromise, and cooperation at the local, national, transnational, and global levels; and
  5. evaluate public policy as it relates to the ethics of political behavior.

Humanities

In studying the humanities, students will learn the various ways we as humans attempt to answer questions about the meaning of our world and existence. Through examination of religious beliefs, philosophies, and the human condition students will examine issues of morality, values, ethics, and tolerance. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills in addressing dilemmas and acknowledging ambiguity.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this subject area will be able to do the following:

  1. explore the concepts of values in a variety of contexts;
  2. examine the sources of values and beliefs that guide individuals and groups;
  3. analyze the principles of philosophical inquiry;
  4. apply critical thinking and logic to philosophical issues; and
  5. analyze the effects of contemporary issues on the expression of values and beliefs.