The General Education Program consists of 16 learning goals. Twelve of these goals include course, competency or participation requirements for each student. To fulfill most of these requirements, students may choose from a range of courses across academic departments. The Schedule of Classes issued by the Registrar annually and prior to each advising and registration period, will include a list of the courses that meet each of the learning goals.
Writing: A student should achieve a level of competency in writing that provides the necessary foundation for subsequent college work and further learning and should also strengthen writing with continued practice.Mathematics: A student should achieve a level of competence in mathematics that provides the necessary foundation for subsequent college learning and should also strengthen problem-solving and reasoning skills through continued use.Foreign Language: A student should achieve the degree of competence in a foreign language necessary to encounter another culture on its own terms and to enhance understanding of the structure of language itself.Speaking: A student should be able to speak effectively within and before groups.Research: A student should be able to use the library to acquire information and to explore ideas and should understand the role of technology in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information.Computing: A student should be able to use a computer to help perform a variety of learning activities and should understand the power and limits of computing.
Arts and Sciences
The Diversity of Human Experience: A student should gain an appreciation and understanding of the role of human diversity in contemporary culture.Integrated Learning: A student should gain an understanding of connections between differing modes of inquiry, experience learning as a shared enterprise, and see the relationships between the world of learning and their lives. The Natural World: A student should gain an understanding of the natural world through scientific inquiry and see the relations among science, technology, and contemporary culture.
Social Institutions, Process, and Behavior: A student should achieve, through empirical and analytical methods, an understanding of human behavior, relationships or institutions.
Fine, Performing and Literary Arts: A student should gain an understanding of aesthetic experience and of how the arts enrich and express the human spirit.
Religious and Philosophical Inquiry: A student should gain an understanding of how central questions of reality, knowledge, and value are pursued in religious and/or philosophical traditions.
Western Historical Perspectives: A student should gain an understanding of the histories of the peoples and cultures of Europe and/or of the post-Columbian Americas.
Non-Western Cultures: A student should gain an understanding of the diversity of non-Western cultures through a study of the history, institutions, or traditions of one or more of these cultures.
Physical Activity: A student should gain an appreciation of the relation between physical activity and personal well-being by participating in appropriate physical activities consistent with the student’s physical ability.
Community Service: A student should gain an understanding of the role, responsibility, and challenge of service in community life through participation, experience and reflection.Resources: