Learning Outcomes

BG PERSPECTIVE LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR EACH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL DOMAIN

ENGLISH COMPOSITION AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

Upon the successful completion of English composition and oral communication courses, students will:

  • Formulate effective, ethical written and/or oral arguments which are based upon appropriate, credible research
  • Construct materials which respond effectively to the needs of a variety of audiences, with an emphasis upon academic audiences
  • Analyze how the principles of rhetoric work together to promote effective communication
  • Communicate effectively when participating in small groups and/or making formal presentations
  • Utilize rhetorical strategies that are well-suited to the rhetorical situation, including appropriate voice, tone, and levels of formality
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and writing strategies when crafting arguments that synthesize multiple points of view
QUANTITATIVE LITERACY

Upon the successful completion of quantitative literacy courses, students will:

  • Interpret mathematical and statistical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and draw inferences from them
  • Represent mathematical and statistical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally
  • Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve problems
  • Estimate and check answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results
  • Recognize that mathematical and statistical methods are based on assumptions and have limits
HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS

Upon the successful completion of humanities and the arts domain courses, students will:

  • Apply humanistic modes of inquiry and interpretation in the illustration of the discipline’s connection to human values
  • Demonstrate a fundamental critical understanding of the role of art, language, and/or media in culture and society
  • Examine how the social and cultural contexts of creative endeavors arise over a variety of historical periods
  • Illustrate the development of verbal and non-verbal communication in the humanities and/or the arts
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Upon the successful completion of social and behavioral sciences domain courses, students will:

  • Describe significant social/behavioral issues/questions using appropriate theories and evidence
  • Articulate how the values of the social/behavioral sciences impact decision-making in contemporary society
  • Deconstruct social/behavioral arguments critically, refuting logical and reasoning flaws inherent in them
  • Compose written or oral arguments related to issues or questions in the social/behavioral sciences
  • Evaluate evidence supporting arguments and conclusions on each side of major social or behavioral issues
NATURAL SCIENCES

Upon successful completion of BG Perspective natural science domain courses, students will:

  • Describe how natural sciences can be used to explain and/or predict natural phenomena
  • Identify misconceptions associated with the specific scientific discipline
  • Explain simple quantitative data and its limits relative to the study of science
  • Demonstrate the application of simple quantitative and qualitative data in the scientific process.
  • Solve problems using one or more of the logical approaches of science
  • Reflect on the relevance of science to one’s everyday life
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES

Upon the successful completion of cultural diversity in the United States courses, students will:

  • Recognize the ways in which diverse cultures or subcultures have shaped and continue to shape American life
  • Explain ways in which diverse cultures or subcultures have shaped and continue to shape American life
  • Examine issues and challenges in cultural diversity from the perspectives of diverse cultures
  • Compare values of their own subculture(s) with those of others
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Upon the successful completion of international perspective courses, students will:

  • Explain how national cultures affect world views or ways of thinking
  • Explain how world issues and international connections impact people’s lives/ways of life
  • Analyze problems and possibilities inherent in global economic, geographic, ecological, political, social, and/or technological systems
  • Demonstrate competency in speaking, reading, and/or writing a foreign language