A graduate with a baccalaureate degree should have an understanding and appreciation of the following core areas:
Values Orientation (UVVO)
- Describe and analyze diverse value systems and the historical, social, and psychological backgrounds from which they emerge.
- Situate and critique one’s own values within a conscious value system and social context.
Community and Diversity (UVCD)
- Identify and analyze the significance human beings attach to their differences.
- Describe and analyze the effects of prejudice, exclusion, subordination, and ideologies of racial superiority on affected groups and individuals.
- Demostrate an understanding that diversity is a key factor for the flourishing of communities (social, environmental, and/or economic) and that a lack of diversity can compromise future generations.
Lifelong Learning (UVLL)
- Demonstrate proficiency in skills that sustain lifelong learning, particularly the abilities to think both critically and responsibly and to access, evaluate, and integrate information.
- Demonstrate the ability to determine and use the appropriate technology to support information search and discovery methods.
Community Service (UVCS)
- Reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility
- Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in service work with a community organization
- Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to community organization.
*Courses must include a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid, active participation assisting an off-campus community organization in the achievement of its goals, not simply observing the work of the organization.
Interdisciplinary Thinking (INTD)
A graduate with a baccalaureate degree should be able to:
- Identify the different frameworks, tools, perspectives, methods, fundamental underlying questions and contributions of different academic disciplines.
- Demonstrate how the synthesis of disciplines can establish a new level of discourse and integration of knowledge to provide a broader analysis of complex issues.
A graduate with a baccalaureate degree should have competency in the following skill areas and be able to:
Written Communication A: Writing Process (CSWA)
- Communicate effectively and with purpose in multiple creative and academic writing genres by applying Standard American English.
- Understand and apply the stages of the writing process to academic communications: composition, organization, revision, and editing of Standard American English mechanics.
Written Communication B: Research and Reading Comprehension (CSWB)
- Critically analyze modes of writing and writing components in popular and academic texts.
- Understand and apply a variety of documentation styles to cite research in written compositions for specific purposes and designated audiences.
Oral Communication (CSOC)
- Analyze how communication theory, including the study of nonverbal behavior, helps guide the organization, interpretation, and presentation of messages and their effects.
- Understand and practice public speeches in various formats and contexts, including self-written and self-portrayed speeches.
Quantitative Reasoning (CSQR)
- Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally, and interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.
- Apply arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods with appropriate technological tools to solve problems.
- Think critically and apply common sense in estimating and checking answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
Areas of Knowledge
A graduate with a baccalaureate degree should have acquired the knowledge of the following breadth areas and should be able to:
Social and Behavioral Sciences (ASBH, ASEC, ASPS, ASIA)
- Understand and describe the use of elementary methods of social science inquiry.
- Articulate the impact of societal institutions on the experiences and needs of individuals, groups, and/or organizations.
Humanities (AHFA, AHFL, AHHT, AHLT, AHMM, AHPR, AHIA)
- Analyze, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate human intellectual and imaginative creations and the context of their production.
- Recognize how various works of cultural production illuminate enduring human concerns and changes in the human condition.
The Natural World (ANSL, ANSP, ALAB)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles, concepts, discovery process, power, and limitations of the life and/or physical sciences.
- Apply the principles, concepts, and methods of the life and/or physical sciences to everyday life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of science and technology in society and their impact on the sustainability of the planet.
Creative and Artistic Expression (ACAE)
- Produce works of art through written, visual, digital, and/or performance expression that communicate to diverse audiences through demonstrated understanding and fluency of expressive forms.
Lifelong Fitness (AFFL)
- Demonstrate the ability to physically meet the demands of everyday life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of physical activity and its effect on intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being.