Graduation Requirements

Goodwin College is committed to prepare competent, productive problem solvers who appreciate the diversity of our society, maintain inquiring minds, and embrace lifelong learning. This goal is achieved through the following practices:

Writing requirements span across all our programs and courses. Students become skilled, perceptive, analytical readers and critical thinkers by writing research papers. Utilizing both inductive and deductive reasoning, students evolve into proficient writers capable of conducting scholarly research.

Both content-specific communication courses and embedded material in General Education courses are required for degree students, resulting in students' mastery of effective methods of relating information. Participation requirements include discussions, teamwork and presentations allowing students to practice critical thinking techniques and collaboration skills.

Mathematics and science courses encourage students to develop inquiring minds by analyzing and synthesizing data, experimenting and drawing solutions, cultivating logical thinking, and using the scientific method.

Philosophy, psychology, or sociology courses prepare students to understand the relevance of the humanities and social sciences to contemporary, local, and world conditions.

History requirements allow students to prepare for their future by learning about the past, appreciate the lessons learned over time by American and world cultures, and find methods to translate this knowledge critically to their lives.

All courses at Goodwin College encourage students to make positive contributions to society by exploring their own talents, experiencing personal growth, and becoming valuable members of their community.

Learning Competencies

In fulfilling the mission of the college, all students in degree programs must take general education courses within seven competencies: Communications, Computer Literacy, Cultural, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Writing. Students enrolled in bachelor degree programs are required to take five additional competencies: Advanced Writing, Ethics/Philosophy, Global Studies, Multicultural, and Research. These competencies represent areas of learning which develop students’ knowledge considered essential to be a well-educated person.

Communications (COM)

Communications courses provide students with opportunities to learn how to effectively communicate verbally using visual or technological aids in informal, academic, and professional settings.

Computer Literacy (CL)

Computer literacy courses prepare students to use technology for communication and to function effectively in a variety of settings.

Cultural (CU)

Cultural courses help students to develop an understanding of the underlying values of a culture, recognize differences in relationships among cultures, and foster a respect for various cultural perspectives.

Mathematics (MATH)

Mathematics courses develop problem-solving skills and give students the opportunity to apply mathematics concepts to real world problems.

Science (SCI)

Science courses introduce students to the practice of scientific inquiry and give students opportunities to solve scientific problems both in and out of the classroom and laboratory.

Social Science (SS)

Social science courses prepare students to understand concepts in sociology, psychology, anthropology and/or multiculturalism. These courses focus on theory and relevant application regarding social, cultural, and cross-cultural norms and sanctions.

Writing (WR)

Writing courses prepare students to engage in written academic discourse by providing them with opportunities to write in a variety of styles and for diverse audiences. Additionally, writing courses provide students with an introduction to academic research, evaluation of sources, and citation.

Advanced Writing (AW)

Advanced writing courses build on the general college-level rhetorical reading and writing strategies students have learned in earlier courses (i.e., persuasion, logic, research methods, language usage, sentence combining, and editing). Advanced writing courses prepare students to do advanced-level critical analysis and writing through written assignments.

Ethics/Philosophy (E/P)

Ethics/Philosophy courses provide the opportunity for students to examine the basis for ethical conduct, ethical standards in the real world, and the relationship of ethics and morals. This can include exploring a variety of philosophical questions regarding human life.

Global Studies (G/US & G/W)

Global studies courses provide the opportunity for students to examine historical events and social, cultural, and political forces that shape societies and individuals. Global studies courses focus on critical analysis of and engagement with complex, interdependent global systems, which may include implications for people's lives or the earth's sustainability.

Multiculturalism (MC)

Multicultural courses prepare students to increase awareness and sensitivity of other cultures as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of their own culture.

Research (RE)

Research courses provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the research process and its application to a particular discipline. These courses engage students in academic inquiry, from reviewing discipline-specific literature to data collection and analysis.