Analytical Reading & Writing is intended to teach students how to:
- Read and discuss for the purposes of careful analysis and critique;
- Use rhetorical strategies to take a position, marshal evidence and respond to opposing views;
- Retrieve, evaluate and synthesize evidence and commentary on a topic;
- Revise drafts for clarity and intellectual sophistication;
- Reflect on the writing and reading processes; and
- Demonstrate both fluency and competence with Standard English in writing and editing personal work.
Intellectual Heritage courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Develop critical approaches to reading a set of shared texts, while communicating their ideas, asking questions, and actively listening to peers in a free and honest exchange of multiple viewpoints.
- Sharpen analysis and argumentation skills through a variety of expressive modes.
- Evaluate the historical, social, and cultural bases of prevailing beliefs.
- Investigate fundamental questions of human experience from a variety of perspectives.
- Make connections between historical texts about human existence and current moral, social, and political issues.
Quantitative Literacy courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand quantitative models that describe real world phenomena and recognize limitations of those models;
- Perform simple mathematical computations associated with a quantitative model and make conclusions based on the results;
- Recognize, use, and appreciate mathematical thinking for solving problems that are part of everyday life;
- Understand the various sources of uncertainty and error in empirical data;
- Retrieve, organize, and analyze data associated with a quantitative model; and
- Communicate logical arguments and their conclusions.
Arts courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Experience and respond to a work of art or creative process;
- Recognize and interpret a work of art or creative process in a societal, historical or cultural context;
- Describe or evaluate a work of art or creative process using appropriate terminology;
- Demonstrate “appreciation” for the value of art in our lives and society; and
- Function as a member of an audience.
Human Behavior courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand relationships between individuals and communities;
- Understand theories or explanations of human behavior used to describe social phenomena;
- Examine the development of individuals’ beliefs, behaviors, and assumptions and how these affect individuals and communities;
- Apply one disciplinary method to understand human behavior or explain social phenomena;
- Access and analyze materials related to individuals, communities or social phenomena; and
- Compare and contrast similar social phenomena across individuals or communities.
Race & Diversity courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Recognize the ways in which race intersects with other group identifications or ascriptions such as gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability and age;
- Understand the relationships among diversity, justice and power;
- Explore what it means for individuals and institutions to exist in a multi-racial, multicultural world;
- Investigate the various forms race and racism has taken in different places and times; and
- Discuss race matters with diverse others in relation to personal experience.
Science & Technology courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand and describe the scientific process;
- Understand the sequential nature of science and technology;
- Recognize, use and appreciate scientific or technological thinking for solving problems that are part of everyday life;
- Understand and communicate how technology encourages the process of discovery in science and related disciplines; and
- Retrieve, organize, and analyze data associated with a scientific or technological model.
U.S. Society courses strengthen students’ understanding of the history, society, culture and political systems of the United States.
They are intended to teach students how to:
- Access and analyze historical, analytical, and cultural materials;
- Develop observations and conclusions about selected themes in US society and culture;
- Construct interpretations using evidence and critical analysis;
- Communicate and defend interpretations; and
- Analyze the ways difference and heterogeneity have shaped the culture and society of the U.S.
World Society courses are intended to teach students how to:
- Understand the influences (e.g political, social, historical, cultural, artistic, literary, geographic, economic) on world societies or processes (e.g. globalization) linking world societies;
- Access and analyze materials related to world societies and cultures;
- Develop observations and conclusions about selected themes in world societies and cultures;
- Construct interpretations using evidence and critical analysis; and
- Communicate and defend interpretations.