These courses are:
Goals designed to help you gain a greater understanding of key subjects vital to your education
Our goal is to help you successfully reach your academic and professional aspirations and equip you with the skills you need to make a difference in your workplace and in your community. The University Learning Goals—the essence of the University education—are incorporated throughout our academic programs, curriculum and instruction.
As a graduate, you’ll become proficient in specific disciplinary knowledge and be able to apply this knowledge immediately in real-world settings. You’ll demonstrate values and ethics appropriate to your area of study and engage in lifelong learning to remain competent in your professional field.
You’ll learn relevant material you can apply immediately to your workplace. And, you’ll become a lifelong learner who continues to remain current and competitive in your field.
As a graduate, you will be able to reason clearly and critically. You will be a problem solver, able to identify and evaluate problems, utilize critical-thinking skills to recommend alternative solutions, select and implement a solution and analyze the consequences and outcomes.
You’ll gain critical-thinking and problem-solving skills you can use in the classroom and on the job. You’ll learn how to evaluate challenging situations, find innovative solutions and analyze the results.
As a graduate, you will be able to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and correct manner. You will use proper grammar and punctuation. You will analyze the needs of your audience, adjust the content of messages, choose from a variety of communication tools and deliver your message accordingly.
Knowing how to write clearly and communicate effectively is essential at work and in life. You’ll learn how to be an intelligent communicator who can reach out to your co-workers, potential employers and community members.
As a graduate, you will be able to effectively access and use information. You will research issues, gather information from a variety of sources, analyze the plausibility and accuracy of information and utilize it appropriately to address issues or inform action.
When you know where to find the right information and how to use that information, you’ll be more knowledgeable about the issues and better prepared to present an argument or pitch a concept.
As a graduate, you will work effectively in diverse groups and teams. You will be a collaborator, able to function well within a team as both a leader and a follower. You will embrace diversity and treat others with respect.
You’ll learn there is strength in numbers, whether you’re working on a team as a student or as a professional. Through active collaboration, you’ll gain valuable experience and insight from the people around you—who will also challenge you to grow as an individual and as a team member.
The General Education Mission is to provide undergraduate students with a foundation for lifelong learning through integrative, cumulative, and interdisciplinary courses that foster the development of critical and creative thinking, problem-solving skills, effective communication, quantitative and informational literacy, the application of science and technology, and a capacity for ethical reasoning, with the ultimate goal of equipping our students to succeed in a diverse global environment.
1. Students will apply effective communication skills in a variety of contexts.
2. Students will utilize quantitative reasoning skills for a variety of purposes.
3. Students will utilize scientific thinking and inquiry skills for a variety of purposes.
4. Students will apply critical and creative thinking skills in a variety of contexts.
5. Students will apply intercultural and interpersonal awareness in a variety of contexts.