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General Education: Core Competencies

Wellness: A healthy lifestyle includes physical as well as mental agility. Wellness courses provide knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the benefits of regular physical exercise, and the elements of personal fitness.

Humanities: The human condition is influenced by multiple cultures, belief systems, and traditions. Courses in the humanities provide students with a rich variety of ways to interpret and understand the world.

Mathematics: To be engaged as a responsible citizen requires mathematical reasoning skills and a basic knowledge of mathematics. Courses in mathematics enable students to use, interpret, and draw sound conclusions from quantitative information.

Social Science: The human experience is shaped by a variety of social forces, ideas, cultures, and institutions. Courses in the social sciences enable students to appreciate the diversity of the social issues faced in the past, present, and future.

Fine Arts: Human creativity, as expressed through artistic works, has been a fundamental component of all world cultures throughout history. Fine arts courses provide students with the opportunity to attain a basic knowledge and appreciation of human artistic expression.

Computer Skills: Twenty-first century life is increasingly driven by technology. Courses that focus on fundamental computer skills develop students’ ability to integrate computer technology into their professional and personal lives.

Critical Thinking: The development of active thinking skills and the ability to evaluate and analyze complex subjects is imperative for an educated person. Courses that emphasize an informed approach to critical thinking provide students with the opportunity to articulate and support opinions about a wide range of subjects.

Writing: The abilities to write clear, thoughtful, logical prose and to present the results of research in writing are necessary for professional success, personal enrichment, and civic engagement. Writing courses develop students’ ability to write grammatically accurate, coherent, substantive, and logical essays and to incorporate secondary sources appropriately.

Oral Communication: Oral communication lies at the heart of all human interactions. The ability to express oneself effectively through speech has value in personal, professional, and civic life. Courses emphasizing oral presentations develop students’ ability to research, analyze, organize, and present information, either informatively or persuasively.

Natural Sciences: Courses in the natural sciences develop students’ knowledge of the discovery process in science and introduce them to fundamental concepts in the various scientific disciplines. Understanding of these concepts provides the capabilities needed to help students make informed decisions in a complex society faced with environmental challenges.