Tier One and Tier Two Student Learning Outcomes

TIER ONE: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

After taking Tier One courses in Individuals and Societies, students will be able to:

  • understand more clearly issues of self-identity, social difference and social status, and the effects of major institutions on individual experiences
  • demonstrate knowledge of the formal and informal structures and processes that make social systems, governments, and economies work
  • have an informed opinion about socio-cultural problems and issues, which can be expressed orally or in writing, and based on knowledge about social, cultural, political, economic, philosophical, and religious theory
  • demonstrate a well developed critical faculty for distinguishing among the various theoretical and ideological interpretations of world events as they are presented in the media
TIER ONE: TRADITIONS AND CULTURES

After taking Tier One courses in Traditions and Cultures, students will be able to:

  • identify references and allusions to the periods, ideas, people, artifacts, and events generally felt to have been important in the past
  • identify and define their own world view, compare and contrast their world view with other world views, and through written and oral communication present and defend their world view
  • appreciate the art, history, politics, and philosophies of cultures other than their own, including non-western cultures
  • analyze how perceptions, values, beliefs, and customs influence individual and societal behavior and to use these analyses before judging
TIER ONE: NATURAL SCIENCES

After taking Tier One courses in Natural Sciences, students will be able to:
  • understand the nature and application of physical and /or biological science
  • apply ideas and processes beyond the classroom
  • recognize the complexity of many scientific issues
  • design experiments, generating and analyzing actual data, using abstract reasoning to interpret these, formulating and testing hypotheses with scientific rigor
  • speak and write about scientific knowledge
  • appreciate the relative scale of objects, rates of change, linear and nonlinear growth
  • present data in tables, graphs and charts as well as performing appropriate mathematical calculations and data analysis
  • read and understand scientific literature from popular sources such as magazines and newspapers
 
TIER TWO: ARTS

After taking Tier Two courses in the Arts students will be able to:
  • identify and analyze basic formal elements, principles and compositional structures in the fine arts of cinema, dance, music, theater, and the visual arts
  • identify and analyze the impact of cultural and historical factors on the creation and reception of artistic works
  • evaluate the significance of artistic works both metaphorically and in larger cultural contexts
  • in writing and speaking use appropriate vocabulary to describe and analyze artistic works
  • identify and analyze similarities, differences, and interrelationships among the arts
TIER TWO: HUMANITIES

After taking a Tier Two course in Humanities students will be able to:
  • identify and analyze the impact of cultural and historical factors on the creation and reception of artistic and literary works
  • relate arguments and ideas from literature and historical documents to the circumstances under which they were written; read primary documents and be able to place them in their historical context; identify disparate ideas from the evidence of these documents
  • describe how the development of philosophical and religious thought has influenced human civilization
  • use appropriate vocabulary for written and oral descriptions and analyses of literary works
TIER TWO: NATURAL SCIENCE

After taking a Tier Two course in Natural Science, students will be able to:
  • read and understand scientific literature from journals and other scholarly works
TIER TWO: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

After taking a Tier Two course in Individuals/Societies, students will be able to:

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