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General Education Learning Outcomes

Approved Learning Outcomes

General Education learning outcomes (revised May 6, 2015) (PDF format)

Language and Communication

Creating a Global Vision

Liberal Arts

Physical Activity/Wellness

Learning Outcomes by Category

Learning Outcomes for C (Composition) Courses

Faculty teaching C courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in C courses will 

  1. Demonstrate understanding of course content through formal academic writing;
  2. Construct effective prose that demonstrates critical thinking and advances sound conclusions, appropriate to the course and discipline; and
  3. Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve their writing in both form and content.

Learning Outcomes for FL1, FL2 and FL3 (Foreign Language) Courses

Faculty teaching Foreign Language courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students who satisfy the Foreign Language requirement will demonstrate

  1. Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language.
  2. Knowledge of the distinctive features of cultures(s) associated with the languages they are studying.

Learning Outcomes for J (Joint Composition/Oral Communication) Courses

Faculty teaching J courses must include the learning outcomes for C and O courses in their syllabi.

Learning Outcomes for O (Oral Communication) Courses

Faculty teaching O courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in O courses will demonstrate

  1. Proficiency in oral presentations.
  2. The ability to improve oral presentations in response to critiques.
  3. Skill in listening to and critiquing oral presentations. 

Learning Outcomes for G (Global Interdependencies) Courses

Faculty teaching G courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in G courses will demonstrate knowledge of how two or more distinctive world regions have influenced and interacted with one another and how such interactions have been informed by their respective cultures or civilizations.

Learning Outcomes for P (Pluralism in the U.S.) Courses

Students in all P courses will demonstrate an understanding of

  1. United States society by paying substantive attention to three or more of the groups in the table below.
  2. How these groups have affected and been affected by basic institutions of American society, such as commerce, family, legal and political structures, or religion, and by issues involving inequality.

 

Required groups/identities
(at least 2):
Additional groups/identities:
African Americans Disability status
Arab Americans Gender and gender identity
Asian Americans Immigrant status/issues
European Americans Language and language identity
Jewish Americans Religious/spiritual identities
Latin@ Americans Sexual orientations
Native Americans Socioeconomic status/class
Pacific Islander Americans  

 

In addition, students who have not scored 85 or above on the New York State Regents examination in United States history (or its equivalent) must take a P course where they also will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. An historical narrative of the United States and its institutions over a period of at least a century, including connections to prior and subsequent periods, with this narrative including several themes that have shaped the development of American society, such as the struggle for democracy, citizenship, racial and gender inequality, religious freedom, and civil rights; the conflicts that have erupted over these issues; and the consensus, if any, that has been reached on each of them.
  2. How the history of the United States relates to the history of at least two other regions of the world, as a means of understanding America's evolving relationship with the rest of the world.

Learning Outcomes for A (Aesthetics) Courses

Faculty teaching A courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in A courses will demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and the role of imagination and aesthetic judgment in at least one principal form of artistic expression in such fields as art, art history, cinema, creative writing, dance, graphic design, music, and theater.

Learning Outcomes for H (Humanities) Courses

Faculty teaching H courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in H courses will demonstrate an understanding of human experience through the study of literature or philosophy.

Learning Outcomes for L (Laboratory Science) Courses

Faculty teaching L courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in L courses will demonstrate

  1. Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Knowledge of concepts and models in one of the sciences.

Learning Outcomes for M (Mathematics/Reasoning) Courses

Faculty teaching M courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in M courses will demonstrate competence in an area such as calculus, symbolic logic, the logic of computers, the logic of deductive and inductive reasoning, or probability and statistical inference.

Learning Outcomes for N (Social Science) Courses

Faculty teaching N courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in N courses will demonstrate

  1. Knowledge of major concepts, models, and issues (and their interrelationships) of at least one of the social sciences: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, or sociology. 
  2. An understanding of the methods used by social scientists to explore social phenomena, including, when appropriate to the discipline, observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and analysis by mathematics or other interpretive frameworks.

Learning Outcomes for B (Both Physical Activity/Wellness) Courses

Faculty teaching B courses must include the learning outcomes for S and Y courses in their syllabi.

Learning Outcomes for S (Wellness) Courses

Faculty teaching S courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in S courses will demonstrate knowledge of such topics as diet and nutrition, physical development, substance abuse, human sexuality, stress and stress reduction techniques, relaxation methods, or the characteristics that define physical, mental or emotional fitness/wellness.

Learning Outcomes for Y (Physical Activity) Courses

Faculty teaching Y courses must include the following learning outcomes in their syllabi.

Students in Y courses will demonstrate one or more of the following attributes: neuromuscular coordination, muscular strength and muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance, or flexibility.

Last Updated: 7/12/19