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General Education-Assessment

General Education-Assessment

Principle 2

Principle 2

Definition

Breadth of Learning 

Mastery of the core concepts, principles, and methods in arts and humanities, cultural and historical studies, the social and behavioral sciences, and the mathematical, physical, and life sciences.

Requirements Adopted 10/19/2007; modified 04/19/2013

Domain

Minimum requirements

Arts and Humanities

at least 3 credits

Cultural  and Historical Studies

at least 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

at least 6 credits

Arts and Humanities, Cultural and Historical Studies, and Mathematical,  Physical and Life sciences  

at least 6 credits (taken in two categories)

NOTE: Credits used to satisfy Breadth of Learning may also satisfy Advanced Coursework in the Principle 1. A student may not  use the same class to satisfy more than one domain in Breadth of Learning.

Courses that meet Principle 2 requirements can be found here.

Learning outcomes - Adopted 11/16/2007

Arts and Humanities

IU Northwest graduates will:

  • articulate how intellectual traditions from diverse parts of the world shape present cultures.
  • demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of significant literary, philosophical, historical, linguistic, or religious works and approaches.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how the fine, performing or creative arts contribute to many aspects of human experience.

Cultural and Historical Studies

IU Northwest graduates will:

  • demonstrate knowledge about diverse cultures and societies.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the experiences and worldviews of groups defined by ethnicity, race, social class, language, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities.
  • analyze the interconnectedness of global and local concerns or
    explain how political or historical processes shape civilizations.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

IU Northwest graduates will:

  • explain the methods of inquiry used by social or behavioral scientists.
  • explain behavior using social or behavioral science theories and concepts.
  • explain the factors that influence how different societies organize themselves or how individual differences influence various spheres of human activity.

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

IU Northwest graduates will:

  • use mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables to draw inferences.
  • represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
  • use arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, logical, and/or statistical methods to model real world problems.
  • recognize and understand how scientific theories are formulated, tested, and validated.
  • approach problems using scientific methods, which include: defining parameters of problem, seeking relevant information, subjecting proposed solutions to rigorous testing, and drawing conclusions based on the process.

A course that would fulfill one of the Breadth of Learning domains must be approved by the originating curriculum committee and the General Education/Assessment Committee which will convey its recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs for implementation. An appropriate unit would submit a syllabus for the course, which would include at least two of the above mentioned outcomes of a certain domain of Breadth of Learning (or all the outcomes of mathematical or scientific reasoning of Principle 1). In addition, the syllabus would outline course embedded assessment tools used to measure the appropriate outcomes. The unit would provide a plan for how the assessment information will be used for improvement in the course and how they will share that information. It is expected that the units would adjust their existing Breadth of Learning / Distribution requirements to comply with the campus principle.