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Learning Outcomes for Liberal Studies Majors

Interdisciplinary Outcomes (Goals 1 and 6)

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts, principles, skills, tools of inquiry and structure of disciplines in the social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and English.

Goal 6: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how concepts, themes, and principles are interconnected within and across disciplines and use research and analytical skills appropriate to the social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, or English.

By the time they graduate, all students will be able to:

  • 1.1. Define central concepts and principles in the social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and English (e.g., literary and rhetorical forms and devices, chronology of historical events)
  • 1.2. Cite the ideas of others ethically in ways appropriate to the audience, purpose, and assignment
  • 1.3. Synthesize the perspectives offered by multiple sources, both within and across disciplines
  • 1.4. Compose research questions that meet the demands of the assignment or problem to be addressed and reflect the practices of the discipline(s)
  • 1.5. Generate answers to research questions that reflect the methodologies of the discipline(s)
  • 1.6. Make claims and support those claims with evidence appropriate to the discipline(s)
  • 1.7. Discriminate between reliable and unreliable sources
  • 6.1. Identify and explain connections between the social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and English

English (Goal 2)

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate competencies in use of English language arts that include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening.

All students will be able to:

  • 2.1. Summarize the contents of a text accurately
  • 2.2. Explain how literary and/or rhetorical elements and devices contribute to the text’s meaning and the reader’s experience
  • 2.3. Cite specific details to justify their interpretations of written, visual, and spoken texts
  • 2.4. Craft writing, speech, and/or visuals that fulfill the needs and meet the expectations of the intended audience
  • 2.5. Explain how a text reflects its historical and cultural moment
  • 2.6 Define and apply the principles of morphological, syntactic, and phonological analysis

Liberal studies majors who complete a concentration in English will be able to:

  • 2.7. Describe the characteristics of different literary movements and/or genres
  • 2.8. Compare and contrast two texts representing different forms, genres, periods, or cultural perspectives
  • 2.9. Describe how a text reflects its author’s identity (e.g., race, class, sexuality, gender)
  • 2.10. Apply a relevant lens to advance textual analysis or creation
  • 2.11. Counter opposing viewpoints

Natural Sciences (Goal 3)

Goal 3: Students will know, understand, and use fundamental concepts of physical, life, and earth/space sciences.

All students will be able to:

  • 3.1. Demonstrate the scientific method of questioning, gathering data, and drawing reasoned conclusions using scientific resource and research materials
  • 3.2. Explain the composition, structure, and processes of the Earth system, including inter-relationships between the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
  • 3.3. Identify ways the rock record and fossils reveal Earth history
  • 3.4. Analyze and evaluate complex societal issues around resource extraction and use, environmental impacts, and socio-economic and ethical considerations
  • 3.5. Describe Earth’s relationship to its Moon and the Sun and Earth’s place within the solar system, stars, and galaxies
  • 3.6. Identify the structures and functions of living systems, including cells, tissues, and organs
  • 3.7. Demonstrate an understanding of reproduction, heredity, and change over time in living things
  • 3.8. Recognize the diversity of life and the interdependence of organisms in ecosystems, populations, and communities
  • 3.9. Identify the physical and chemical properties of matter, including its structures and states
  • 3.10. Describe the types and laws of motion, forces, and equilibrium
  • 3.11. Explain how energy works and how it interacts with matter

Liberal studies majors who complete the interdisciplinary natural science concentration will be able to:

  • 3.12. Demonstrate the processes involved in scientific data collection and manipulation (including utilizing common units of measurement, scientific notation, organization and presentation of data, and basic data and error analysis) (all courses with labs)
  • 3.13. Explain procedures for correct preparation, storage, use and disposal of laboratory materials (all courses with labs)
  • 3.14. Use standard equipment in the laboratory and field in safe and appropriate ways (all courses with labs)
  • 3.15. Explain safety and emergency procedures for the laboratory (all courses with labs)
  • 3.16. Explain major historical developments of science (all courses)
  • 3.17. Recognize major issues associated with energy production and the management of natural resources (BIO 200, EES 104, EES 110)
  • 3.18. Identify applications of science and technology in daily life (all courses)
  • 3.19. Recognize the impact of science on public health issues (BIO 200, 202, 304)

Mathematics (Goal 4)

Goal 4: Students will know, understand, and use the major concepts and procedures in number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability.

All students will be able to:

  • 4.1. Solve multistep mathematical and real-world problems using arithmetic operations.
  • 4.2. Recognize concepts of rational numbers and their operations.
  • 4.3. Perform operations on rational numbers.
  • 4.4. Use concepts of number theory such as factors, prime, composite, and divisibility principles.
  • 4.5. Know and apply number properties (commutative, associative, distributive, inverse, and identity) in the set real numbers.
  • 4.6. Know how to evaluate and manipulate algebraic expressions, equations, and formulas.
  • 4.7. Know how to recognize and represent patterns (number and shape).
  • 4.8. Classify one-, two-, and three-dimensional shapes and figures.
  • 4.9. Solve problems involving perimeter, area, surface area and volume.
  • 4.10. Use properties of congruence and similarity to explore geometric figures by hand and by using technology.
  • 4.11. Determine and use measures of center and variability (computing and interpreting data).
  • 4.12. Represent and Interpret data graphically (basic graphs including normal curve using technology).
  • 4.13. Compute and interpret basic probabilities of events.

Liberal studies majors who complete a concentration in mathematics will be able to:

  • 4.13. Solve multistep mathematical and real-world problems
  • 4.14. Prove mathematical properties involving factors, prime, composite, and divisibility principles
  • 4.15. Prove properties such as commutative, associative, distributive, inverse, and identity
  • 4.16. Convert from symbolic to graphical or pictorial representations, and be able to utilize these representations to solve mathematical problems
  • 4.17. Represent patterns in sequences and series (both explicit and recursive)
  • 4.18. Compute and interpret basic probabilities of events (permutations, combinations, conditional probability, binomial distributions)
  • 4.19. Compute and interpret derivatives and integrals

History and Social Sciences (Goal 5)

Goal 5: Students will know, understand, and use the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social sciences—history, geography, political science, and economics.

All students will be able to:

  • 5.1. Identify and define significant economic concepts
  • 5.2. Explain the relationship between government and economics
  • 5.3. Define basic concepts of geography
  • 5.4. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources in history
  • 5.5. Produce a coherent chronology of major historical events
  • 5.6. Identify and define general theories in political science
  • 5.7. Explain the workings of the American political system

Liberal studies majors who complete a concentration in history and social science will be able to:

  • 5.8. Synthesize a variety of primary and secondary sources to produce an evidence-based interpretation of specific historical events
  • 5.9. Utilize academic resources to locate and properly cite appropriate materials
  • 5.10. Identify the argument within scholarly publications
  • 5.11. Demonstrate the ability to identify theories and hypotheses in both quantitative and qualitative scholarship
  • 5.12. Prepare and conduct tests of hypotheses and develop conclusions based on these tests