The goal of the General Education Program is to provide students with a diverse range of knowledge and skills to help them become successful professionals, engaged citizens, and lifelong learners. To achieve these goals, Parkside students must complete thirty-six (36) General Education credits, with a minimum of twelve credits (12) in each of three areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences. Within each of these areas, students must take courses in at least three different academic departments.
The program learning goals are communication, reasoned judgment and social and personal responsibility. These goals are defined by outcomes that reflect skills and abilities valued by all employers.
Literacy | Reading for understanding and writing effective communication
Oral communication | Listening, speaking and presenting effectively
Information Technology | Using modern information technology to retrieve and transmit information
Creative Expression | Communicating through artistic statement
Critical Thinking | Applying logic and reasoning to problem solving
Ethical Thinking | Recognizing and analyzing ethical issues and actions
Scientific Thinking | Understanding and applying the scientific method
Analytical Skills | Understanding how to produce and interpret quantitative and qualitative information
Aesthetic Skills | Critiquing and appreciating the fine arts (literary, visual, and performing)
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Individual Accountability | Understanding what a responsible choice is and that one’s present education and lifelong learning is a personal responsibility
Social Justice | Understanding and questioning the values and beliefs about social, political, economic and historical contexts that construct diversity and inequality
Civic Engagement | Learning to use knowledge and skills to contribute to the community
Global Perspective | Acquiring the knowledge and skills that provide an understanding of international ane global issues as well as processes
Teamwork | Working effectively with others for a common goal
COMPETENCIES ARE ACHIEVED BY TAKING COURSES IN THREE BROAD AREAS
- Humanities and the Arts
- Social and Behavioral Science
- Natural Science
How Will I Know I've Acquired These Competencies?
The competencies are embedded in course work throughout your college career. The assessment of these competencies is part of our evaluation of your work in the course. It is essential that you take personal responsibility for meeting degree requirements, but you don't have to do this alone. You are urged to take full advantage of the advising help here on campus. The faculty and staff are here to assist you – ASK QUESTIONS!