Tier Two Outcomes

University-wide General Education Structure: Expected Outcomes for Tier Two Courses

Tier Two courses should be advanced beyond Tier One courses in conceptual level, if not always in specific content. Such courses may provide exposure to the primary aspects of a discipline, but they are not to be constructed as introductions to a major. The prerequisites for Tier Two course are Tier One courses (or their transfer equivalents) in the same subject areas; Tier Two Humanities courses require the completion of Tier One - Traditions and Cultures requirement, and Natural Science and Individuals and Societies courses at the Tier Two level require the completion of the corresponding Tier One segment. Only the Tier Two Arts segment is not specifically sequenced after any Tier One courses. However, Tier Two courses in all four segments may, in some cases, list as prerequisites certain basic requirements in mathematics and/or composition that may be satisfied through earlier coursework or its equivalent. Tier Two - Natural Science courses may include a laboratory component.

Like those in Tier One, Tier Two courses should include significant composition in multiple formats. Tier Two courses (exams, in-class, group work, ungraded exercises, journal-writing, laboratory reports and term papers are some possibilities). Tier Two courses should also be constructed so that a number of faculty members can teach them.

The four segments of Tier Two (Natural Sciences, Individuals and Societies, Humanities, and Arts) must also offer honors experiences, but these could be localized to some courses rather than being required in all.

TIER TWO: ARTS


Learning Outcomes

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

Course Guidelines

Tier Two courses in the Arts will:

  • emphasize oral, visual, musical, spatial or kinesthetic forms of expression
  • include components which either emphasize student creativity, expression and production or require students to identify and analyze the impact of cultural and historical factors on the creation and reception of artistic works
  • develop students’ critical thinking and interpretive abilities

TIER TWO: HUMANITIES


Learning Outcomes

After taking Tier Two courses 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

Course Guidelines

Tier Two courses in the Humanities will:

  • explore aspects of human culture such as religion, history, philosophy, literature and languages in an interdisciplinary fashion rather than as discrete phenomena
  • allow students to develop critical thinking and interpretive approaches to culture

TIER TWO: NATURAL SCIENCE


Learning Outcomes

After taking Tier Two courses in Natural Science students will be able:

  • read and understand scientific literature from journals and other scholarly works

Course Guidelines

Tier Two courses in the Natural Science will:

  • build on concepts developed in Tier One Natural Science courses. Tier Two courses may be discipline-based (e.g. chemistry or molecular and cellular biology) or integrate physical and biological sciences
  • will not necessarily advance all concepts from Tier One physical and biological sciences but those concepts which are advanced must be made clear
  • will include a laboratory component where appropriate
  • require more than the memorization and comprehension of factual information and emphasize the application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation of scientific concepts
  • designed for non-science majors

TIER TWO: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES


Course Guidelines

Tier Two courses in Individuals and Societies will:

  • study human behavior and the cognitive models and societal constructs that humans create
  • where applicable, have a disciplinary focus (e.g., anthropology, linguistics and economics) so long as they are clearly designed to address the interests of students who may take only a single course within the discipline
  • focus on self-contained topics that develop one or more of the formats to which students were exposed at the Tier One level.