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Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Goals and Learning Objectives

(Approved by the Faculty of HCLAS – March 11, 2015)

General Education Goals and Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees

Goal 1. Critical and Analytical Thinking
Students will apply critical and analytical thinking across a broad array of liberal arts and science disciplines, designed to foster self-examination and inquiry into the outside world of nature and society. Liberal arts courses stress the development of clarity of expression, power of discovery, and creative imagination.

Objective 1A. Complete a broad-based course of study across the liberal arts disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

Objective 1B. Apply relevant criteria to create, critically analyze, interpret, or reflect ethically on a text, artwork, performance, or other product of human creativity and reasoning.

Objective 1C. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning by using techniques of mathematical and statistical analysis to numerically quantify and answer a question.

Objective 1D. Demonstrate scientific reasoning by applying inductive and/or deductive analysis to evaluate a hypothesis.

Goal 2. Written Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

Objective 2A. Apply principles of clarity and coherence to sentences and paragraphs.

Objective 2B. Write an effective expository or argumentative essay using appropriate style, structure, and voice.

Goal 3. Oral Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.

Objective 3A. Demonstrate skill in oral communication techniques, appropriately addressing the needs of the audience and expressing ideas coherently.

Objective 3B. Demonstrate mastery of the intellectual content of an oral presentation for informing, persuading, and/or defending a point of view, or for leading or participating in collaborative discussion of a topic.

Goal 4. Cultural and Global Awareness
Students will develop cultural competencies and global awareness.

Objective 4A. Provide and understand information on simple concrete subjects in a language other than English in both oral and written form in languages where both currently exist. (Classical languages will be assessed in their written form only.)

Objective 4B. Demonstrate the ability to explain and reflect on important political, economic, social, aesthetic and ethical issues of at least one of the peoples in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, or of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australia.

Objective 4C. Demonstrate the ability to explain and reflect on important political, economic, social, aesthetic or ethical issues within one's own cultural context.

Goal 5. Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate information literacy.

Objective 5A: Demonstrate the ability to research, select and properly cite a variety of appropriate sources used to support scholarly work.

Objective 5B. Make effective use of sources, showing understanding of their meaning/significance.

Goal 6. Technological Competency
Students will demonstrate technological competency

Objective 6A. Demonstrate the ability to use general or discipline-specific technologies to identify, retrieve, analyze, and communicate ideas and information.