Philosophy of General Education
The General Education Requirements guide the student toward an
intelligent understanding of the whole self and of the physical and
social world. These requirements encourage the student to explore
different areas of human inquiry not only to gain a basic understanding
of these areas, but also to comprehend and use the principles,
methods, values, and thought processes of these disciplines.
These explorations include an examination of the physical
universe, its life forms and natural phenomena, human behavior,
and artistic and creative accomplishments. Basic to these studies
and to the student’s effectiveness in society is the capacity to:
- Think clearly both orally and in writing
- Perform quantitative functions
- Find information
- Examine and evaluate that information critically.
After completing the General Education Requirements, the graduate
should have the skills, knowledge, and insights to evaluate and
appreciate the physical environment, culture, and society. The student
should understand the impact of technical advances and the
interdependence of all life forms and societies and have the foundation
for a global perspective. The student should know more about
his/her own strengths and needs. Above all, the student should have
a sense of responsibility toward himself or herself and others.