General StudiesGeneral Studies 2012
A baccalaureate degree includes a broad-based education that prepares students for the more focused study of the academic major. The general education component of the degree equips each student with crucial intellectual skills in analysis, research and communication in addition to foundational skills. General education coursework offers an introduction to a broad range of studies in the natural sciences, the human condition, aesthetic experience and global cultural diversity.
General Studies Mission:
The General Studies program will encourage the habits of mind of an educated person that promote life-long learning. Students will acquire the essential knowledge and develop the critical skills that are of fundamental significance in a free society.
Structure of General Studies:
The General Studies program is structured around the following 3 goals:
- Develop intellectual and practical skills
- Explore essential knowledge, perspectives, and methods in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences
- Understand the global interconnectedness of diverse individuals, communities and societies
Each goal is supported by a set of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) which are addressed by the courses in one or more of eight different categories.