GenEd Area Goals
Analytical Reading & Writing Area Goals
Analytical Reading & Writing is intended to teach students how to:
- Read and discuss for the purposes of careful analysis and critique;
- Use rhetorical strategies to take a position, marshal evidence and respond to opposing
- Retrieve, evaluate and synthesize evidence and commentary on a topic;
- Revise drafts for clarity and intellectual sophistication;
- Reflect on the writing and reading processes; and
- Demonstrate both fluency and competence with Standard English in writing and editing personal work.
Intellectual Heritage Area Goals
Upon completion of the Intellectual Heritage sequence, students will be able to:
- Read in its entirety an unfamiliar and problematic written text (theoretically, historically, or culturally challenging);
- Recognize abstractions, large ideas, and implications associated with difficult written texts;
- Make connections across disciplines, history and cultural boundaries;
- Construct positions, arguments, and interpretations through textual analysis and evaluation; and
- Produce thoughtful writing that reflects persuasive position and the conventions of academic discourse.
Quantitative Literacy Area Goals
Quantitative Literacy courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand quantitative models that describe real world phenomena and recognize limitations of those models;
- Perform simple mathematical computations associated with a quantitative model and make conclusions based on the results;
- Recognize, use, and appreciate mathematical thinking for solving problems that are part of everyday life;
- Understand the various sources of uncertainty and error in empirical data;
- Retrieve, organize, and analyze data associated with a quantitative model; and
- Communicate logical arguments and their conclusions.
Arts Area Goals
Gen Ed Arts courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Experience and respond to a work of art or creative process;
- Recognize and interpret a work of art or creative process in a societal, historical or cultural context;
- Describe or evaluate a work of art or creative process using appropriate terminology;
- Demonstrate “appreciation” for the value of art in our lives and society; and
- Function as a member of an audience.
Human Behavior Area Goals
Human Behavior courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand relationships between individuals and communities;
- Understand theories or explanations of human behavior used to describe social phenomena;
- Examine the development of individuals’ beliefs, behaviors, and assumptions and how these affect individuals and communities;
- Apply one disciplinary method to understand human behavior or explain social phenomena;
- Access and analyze materials related to individuals, communities or social phenomena; and
- Compare and contrast similar social phenomena across individuals or communities.
Race & Diversity Area Goals
Race & Diversity courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Recognize the ways in which race intersects with other group identifications or ascriptions: gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age;
- Understand the relationships among diversity, justice and power;
- Explore what it means for individuals and institutions to exist in a multi-racial, multicultural world;
- Investigate the various forms race and racism has taken in different places and times; and
- Discuss race matters with diverse others in relation to personal experience
Science & Technology Area Goals
Science & Technology courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand and describe the scientific process;
- Understand the sequential nature of science and technology;
- Recognize, use and appreciate scientific or technological thinking for solving problems that are part of everyday life;
- Understand and communicate how technology encourages the process of discovery in science and related disciplines; and
- Retrieve, organize, and analyze data associated with a scientific or technological model.
U.S. Society Area Goals
GenEd U.S. Society courses strengthen students’ understanding of the history, society, culture and political systems of the United States.
They are intended to teach students how to:
- Access and analyze historical, analytical, and cultural materials;
- Develop observations and conclusions about selected themes in US society and culture;
- Construct interpretations using evidence and critical analysis;
- Communicate and defend interpretations; and
- Analyze the ways difference and heterogeneity have shaped the culture and society of the U.S.
World Society Area Goals
World Society courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand the influences (e.g political, social, historical, cultural, artistic, literary, geographic, economic) on world societies or processes (e.g. globalization) linking world societies;
- Access and analyze materials related to world societies and cultures;
- Develop observations and conclusions about selected themes in world societies and cultures;
- Construct interpretations using evidence and critical analysis; and
- Communicate and defend interpretations.