Course Criteria


One of the goals of our general education courses is to facilitate the development of transferable skills, like writing, speaking, creative and critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, and the opportunity to engage in learning experiences that require engagement in inquiry, analysis and synthesis. Therefore, these courses should be designed to provide the students with a number of opportunities to practice and improve these skills. Consequently, in order for a Foundations, Explorations, or Transformations course to receive general education credit, the course must include learning experiences that provide students with practice in four of the five skills listed above.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Through taking courses in the Foundations, Explorations, and Transformations categories, students will

1. identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use information in course assignments, and share that information for the problem at hand;
2. develop habits of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion;
3. combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways;
4. experience thinking, reacting, and working in imaginative ways characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking;
5. develop and express ideas in writing;
6. prepare purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors;
7. interact with others in group discussions and tasks;
8. design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

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