The Liberal Studies Program seeks to accomplish the following six critical goals:
Goal 1: Basic Requirements
The educated person must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written modes using varied media and information sources. PRIMARILY: Communication and Personal Development outcomes.
Goal 2: The Arts
Through the creative process writers and artists express, challenge, and extend societal values. To understand our own and other cultures, one must come to terms with artistic efforts. The educated person also uses creative ways to express feelings and insights. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and be able to analyze and interpret creative works in literature and fine arts. PRIMARILY: Aesthetic Perception and Ability outcome. (This block includes courses focusing heavily on several other outcomes, especially Communication, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Personal Development).
Goal 3: Global Community
Non-United States: The educated person who is aware of other people, places, and values exhibits an enlightened perspective and appreciates cultural diversity. Students will develop insights and skills which will enable them to value humanity's worth, dignity, and contributions worldwide. PRIMARILY: Global Interdependence and Values and Ethics outcomes.
United States: In addition, the educated person has a sense of historical perspective and keen perception of the values and forces which have formed the American experience. The student will demonstrate an understanding of our political, economic, and social heritage which leads to good citizenship. PRIMARILY: Social Awareness and Civic Responsibility and Values and Ethics outcomes.
Goal 4: Human Institutions and Interpersonal Relationships
Our society depends heavily upon groups, organizations, and institutions to function. The student will demonstrate an understanding of individual and group behavior by developing cooperative work strategies, examining individual and societal values, and exploring social issues. PRIMARILY: Social Awareness and Civic Responsibility, Values and Ethics, and Personal Development outcomes.
Goal 5: Science, Technology and Mathematics
We study science and mathematics not only to master specific disciplinary content, but also to understand the modes of thought, reasoning, and methods of inquiry of the scientist and mathematician. Rigorous, disciplined inquiry enables us to utilize scientific facts, mathematical principles, and the scientific method to analyze issues and problems in the world. PRIMARILY: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving outcomes. (This block includes courses primarily focusing on Global Interdependence).
Goal 6: Challenges of the Modern Age
We live in a rapidly changing world that demands making difficult decisions. The student will demonstrate the ability to weigh alternatives and make thoughtful choices. PRIMARILY: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Values and Ethics outcomes.
The educated person must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written modes using varied media and information sources. In addition, students will understand and apply physical fitness knowledge behaviors necessary to promote and sustain lifelong wellness. PRIMARILY: Communication and Personal Development outcomes.