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General Education

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/technological aids in informal, academic, and professional settings. After completing a communications course, a student will be able to:

Communications courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating the delivery of an oral presentation.

Computer Literacy (CL)

Computer literacy courses prepare students to use technology for communication and to function effectively in a variety of settings. After completing a computer literacy course, a student will be able to:

Computer literacy courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with the completion of a skills-based final exam.

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. After completing a cultural course, a student will be able to:

Cultural courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating an academic assignment (i.e., research paper, formal debate, oral presentation, or exam) to demonstrate students' understanding of culture.

Mathematics (MATH)

Mathematics courses develop problem-solving skills and give students the opportunity to apply mathematics concepts to real world problems. After completing a mathematics course, a student will be able to:

Mathematics courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with the completion of a skills-based final exam.

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/laboratory. After completing a science course, a student will be able to:

Science courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed through common core questions on a final exam to demonstrate the ability to connect and interpret scientific concepts.

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. After completing a social science course, a student will be able to:

Social science courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating an academic assignment (i.e., research paper, writing assignments, or students presentations) to demonstrate students' understanding of social sciences.

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. After completing a writing course, a student will be able to:

Writing courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating 10-15 pages of written work that has been revised, proofread, and formatted according to academic standards.

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. After completing an advanced writing course, a student will be able to:

Advanced writing courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating a final paper that shows mastery of students writing.

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. After completing a course in ethics and/or philosophy, a student will be able to:

Ethics/Philosophy courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating an academic assignment (i.e., case study, writing assignments, or student presentation) to demonstrate students' understanding of ethics and philosophy.

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 and/or the earth's sustainability. After completing a global studies course, a student will be able to:

Global studies courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating a written or oral project to demonstrate students' understanding of a global society.

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. After completing a multicultural course, a student will be able to:

Multicultural courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating an academic assignment (i.e., research paper, case study, writing assignments, or student presentation) to demonstrate students' understanding of multiculturalism.

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. After completing a research course, a student will be able to:

Research courses fulfilling this competency will be assessed with a common rubric evaluating a final paper that shows students' ability to analyze the literature, write about the research findings, and make recommendations to its application.