General Education Outcomes

The purpose and organization of the general education curriculum is linked to the Institutional Educational Goals. Therefore, the curriculum is a context of Christian character; disciplined reflection; and literary, artistic, mathematical, and scientific contributions that have shaped civilization within which students may develop an appreciation for diversity; writing, speaking, and use of technology; critical skills essential to a lifetime of intellectual growth; and a holistic understanding of life. The learning outcomes of the general education curriculum seek to link the Institutional Educational Goals through an emphasis upon skills, content, and constructive/integrative domains of understanding. The curriculum embraces the conception that the four tiers (Communications, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences and Math, and Humanities) are best understood as involving skills, content, and constructive/integrative domains. While the general education curriculum is organized into tiers, the horizon that informs the core involves these outcomes which run throughout the tiers. In other words, an educated person will possess certain skills and content as a basis of embracing the world through a constructive and integrative theological vision of life and learning.

Upon completion of the General Education Core Curriculum, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in written communication exhibiting an awareness of content, purpose, and audience while accurately using Standard English. (Communications Tier)
  2. Use the scientific method and scientific inquiry to analyze and solve problems. (Natural Sciences and Math Tier)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and practice of various intellectual modes of thinking. (Humanities Tier)
  4. Integrate the fundamental doctrinal/moral tenets of the Christian faith with the academic major, forming students for Christian leadership and service in the global community. (Social/Behavioral Sciences Tier)