General Education Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for General Education are listed below. The outcomes were developed by the faculty in coordination with the Core Curriculum Committee. They were approved via EPC in March 2022. Please also see IHON (International Honors Program) Learning Outcomes and FYEP (First Year Experience Project) Learning Outcomes.

Writing Seminar (4): After completing the First-Year Writing Seminar (or an equivalent WR course):

  • Students will employ rhetorical strategies effective for a specific context, purpose, and audience.
  • Students will articulate, develop, and support an argument, point of view, or position, effectively using evidence relevant to the context.
  • Students will implement strategies for revising the content, structure, and organization of their ideas.

Inquiry Seminar: After completing the First-Year Inquiry Seminar:

  • Students will identify the topics of study, the kinds of questions scholars pursue, and what counts as valid evidence in the discipline/field.
  • Students will identify and practice the strategies used for the communication of knowledge in a discipline/field.

  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the various artistic skills and processes that contribute to a finished production or product.
  • Students will evaluate aesthetic quality through analysis and judgement about works of art in a given medium.

PHED 100

  • Students will know and appreciate the benefits of physical activity and active living.  
  • Students will understand the relationships between nutrition, stress management and physical activity on overall health and well-being.

Activity Courses

  • Students will learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary for successful participation in the activity.
  • Students will increase the awareness, knowledge and behavioral skills necessary to support a lifelong commitment to movement and physical activity.

  • Students will use relevant interpretive strategies to pose critical questions about literary and/or cinematic texts. 
  • Students will identify and explain how the formal elements of language and genre shape meaning in literary and/or cinematic texts. 
  • Students will draw conclusions that consider multiple perspectives and prioritize relevant evidence in the development of well-reasoned arguments.

  • Students will identify and justify the beliefs and values that inform their decision making. 
  • Students will interpret complex philosophical texts. 
  • Students will critique the arguments of others, fairly and respectfully.

  • Students will demonstrate religious literacy about Christian traditions by locating them within their historical, cultural, or political contexts.
  • Students will critically and empathetically analyze diverse forms of Christian texts, practices, histories, ethics, and/or theologies by applying an appropriate method from the academic study of religion.

  • Students will be able to explain “religion” as a category of analysis, and identify how diverse religious traditions beyond Christianity shape human purpose, meaning, or action.
  • Students will examine religious traditions beyond Christianity with respect to their origins, transmission, and/or place in their societies and cultures through approaches in the academic study of religion.

  • Students will demonstrate numeracy by solving quantitative problems and by interpreting quantitative information in context.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work with mathematical notation, techniques and concepts.
  • Students will create and critique logical arguments supported by quantitative evidence or symbolic relationships.

  • Students will understand and apply basic concepts from a particular discipline of the natural sciences.
  • Students will identify and explain organizing models of a discipline. 
  • Students will identify social and ethical issues pertaining to a discipline.

  • Students will use the scientific method to explore the natural world. 
  • Students will identify and assess hypotheses or meaningful questions based on their study of the natural world. 
  • Students will draw logical conclusions from experiments, observations, and/or relevant sources.

  • Students will apply foundational concepts to the social sciences. 
  • Students will systematically analyze human behavior in relation to social contexts and group behavior.

  • Students will display knowledge of cultural norms and biases.
  • Students will evaluate the relationships between culture and human behaviors and/or actions.

  • Students will examine diverse social perspectives and cultural traditions in a US context
  • Students will gain awareness and understanding of diversity in the United States, directly addressing issues such as ethnicity, gender, disability, racism, or poverty.

  • Students will locate cultural and social perspectives and traditions in a global context. 
  • Students will apply comparative perspectives to understand a variety of cultural conditions.

  • Students will integrate and/or apply what they have learned in their general education and major/minor coursework (and co-curricular activities, as appropriate) to a substantive project.
  • Students will apply one or more theories or concepts from their discipline to an analysis of a particular issue relevant to the field.
  • Students will share their work with members of their scholarly community.