BGP 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