General Education Goals Objectives

The General Education Program provides the core of what it means to be a well educated university graduate. The goal is to promote human excellence through a broad foundation of skills and knowledge required to realize a meaningful personal, professional, and civic life. The General Education Program is intended to enable students to contribute to and live responsibly in a diverse, interconnected, and technologically sophisticated global community. (GEC 2006)

Graduates will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Think creatively, analyze critically, and synthesize clearly
  • Develop and apply effective reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Utilize contemporary information and communication systems; to recognize and value the interrelationships, between  the ideological, sociological and technological adaptive systems and the impact of these systems on the human experience and the environment
  • Understand, formulate, and apply mathematical and logical principles; be able to communicate quantitative information effectively, and value the social and personal consequences of quantitative methods and measurements
  • Understand and  value the historical, economic, political and psychological forces that shape the development and consequences of the behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions
  • Understand and value the relationships between creativity, imagination, and problem solving and the linguistic, artistic, ethical, literary, and philosophical traditions that shape human cultures
  • Understand, apply, and value methods in the life and physical sciences and the impacts of science on society
  • Recognize and value the collective heritage, ideas and values of a multicultural world and demonstrate sensitivity to sociocultural diversity and the interdependence of groups in a global society
  • Develop ethical reasoning skills and act responsibly, including one’s physical and mental well being
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge and apply an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving

Updated by the General Education Committee and approved by the Faculty Senate: October 2009