The overall goal of General Education at Goodwin College is to create 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.