General education and study in the major
Perspectives and academic skills
The university believes that a liberal arts education is an essential foundation for, and complement to, its many career-oriented programs. General education and study in the major contribute to achieving the university’s overall educational purpose: To produce graduates who possess knowledge, confidence, competencies and ethical consciousness to assume positions of responsibility and leadership as productive, global citizens prepared for lifelong learning.
General education knowledge and academic skills are developed within a diverse learning community of students and faculty in order to foster diversity of thought and provide the opportunity to integrate varied perspectives, experiences and breadth of learning. The major provides in-depth learning within a discipline or group of disciplines and further develops perspectives and academic skills. General education and education in the major contribute to students attaining the following baccalaureate degree competencies:
- Acquisition of an outlook that shows reflective respect for individual differences, diversity of opinion and thought, multicultural and global awareness, and breadth and depth of learning.
- Ability to cultivate the development of values and ethical consciousness for responsible participation in a complex, changing society.
- Awareness of and appreciation for people, cultures and contemporary issues in preparation for participation in global transformations.
- Breadth of learning in a variety of disciplines that informs judgments and encourages inquiry.
- Depth and application of learning in a discipline or group of disciplines (mastery of specialized knowledge) to effectively serve and lead in a chosen profession.
- Preparation for positions of responsibility and leadership as productive global citizens who value lifelong learning.
- Communication: Reading, writing, speaking and interpersonal/relationship skills.
- Mathematical Computation: Computing, interpreting and drawing conclusions from quantitative data.
- Computer Technology: Using computing hardware and software applications as tools in personal and professional environments.
- Information Literacy: Identifying, locating, evaluating and using relevant information.
- Intellectual Strategies: Problem-solving, critical and creative thinking and inquiry.