General education consists of 40 credits. Each of the twelve outcomes (A1-D1) must be met by at least 3 credits. A single course may meet more than one outcome, but cannot be double counted towards the 40 credit total. At least one course must be a Grand Challenge (G designation).
General Education encompasses the following four key objectives (A-D), met by the following twelve outcomes (A1-D1):
A-Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the following four outcomes:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical disciplines) A1 – Understand and apply theories and methods of the STEM disciplines.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences A2 – Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
- Humanities A3 – Understand the context and significance of the humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives.
- Art and Design A4 – Understand the context and significance of arts and design.
B-Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning through the following four outcomes:
- Write Effectively B1–Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences.
- Communicate Effectively B2 –Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in group work.
- Mathematical, Statistical, or Computational Strategies B3 –Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies problem solving.
- Information Literacy B4 –Develop information literacyto independently research complex issues.
C-Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the following three outcomes:
- Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities C1 –Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities.
- Global Responsibilities C2 –Develop and exercise global responsibilities.
- Diversity and Inclusion Responsibilities C3 – Develop and exercise diversity and inclusion responsibilities.
D–Integrate and apply abilities and capacities developed under each of the 3 above areas, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities
- D1 –Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities
G–Grand Challenge – Exploration of multiple perspectives of areas of contemporary significance, including their ethical implications
- G –At least one course must have the “G” designation for Grand Challenge