Mission & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission:

The General Studies Curriculum prepares students for successful learning in a complex world where traditional academic disciplines are interrelating, merging and overlapping. Instead of focusing on one subject or content area at a time, the General Studies Curriculum challenges students and faculty members to grapple with the complexities of an interdisciplinary academic setting that mirrors and prepares graduates for the complex world we live in—a world where technology provides instant access to an ever-growing body of information that weaves together the arts, sciences, and humanities.                                                                                                                

Student Learning Outcomes:

The Department has established student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the programs. The SLOs are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (Download Acrobat Reader).

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Students will use American Sign Language (ASL) and written English to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of settings.
Students will summarize, synthesize, and critically analyze ideas from multiple sources in order to draw well-supported conclusions and solve problems. icon two
icon three Students will understand themselves, complex social identities, including deaf identities, and the interrelations within and among diverse cultures and groups.
Students will apply knowledge, modes of inquiry, and technological competence from a variety of disciplines in order to understand human experience and the natural world.

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icon five Students will make reasoned ethical judgments, showing awareness of multiple value systems and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions. They will apply these judgments, using collaboration and leadership skills, to promote social justice in their local, national, and global communities.