Education Goals on Curriculum

The College's curriculum will foster students' mental and moral growth by shaping learning in the following areas:

  1. Students' abilities to read and think critically, analytically, creatively, and independently. Students will:

    • develop their analytical and critical thinking and reading skills.
    • analyze and solve both quantitative and qualitative problems.
    • express ideas and solutions effectively in writing and speaking.
    • use appropriate technology effectively.
    • become ever more independent learners, but also learn to work cooperatively.
  2. Students' acquisition of an integrated education in the social sciences, humanities, and in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences, allowing them to grasp key issues in those areas and to gain some understanding of the complex relationships among disciplines. Students will:

    • demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of human history and cultures, especially those that have contributed to the United States, and of current and historical interrelationships among peoples and nations.
    • understand the complexity of the diverse ideas, institutions, philosophies, moral codes, and ethical principles that make up the world.
    • develop their abilities to interpret literature and consider its relation to ethical, cultural, and spiritual issues, and also to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of a work.
    • develop an understanding of another culture and a better understanding of their native language by achieving proficiency in a foreign language, ancient or modern.
    • develop an appreciation of - and many will gain practical experience in creating - the arts and literature.
    • develop an understanding of the proper use of qualitative and quantitative models of physical and social phenomena.
    • demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts, methods, and applications of mathematics and the natural sciences.
  3. Students' pursuit of deeper studies in one or more major areas. Students will:

    • study the breadth and depth of the field(s).
    • carry out undergraduate research - and where possible, professional-level research - in their major field(s) of study.
  4. Preparation of students for living as responsible, productive citizens. The curriculum encourages students to:

    • apply their knowledge and skills as responsible citizens.
    • recognize and understand major social, political, and philosophical debates and strive to make substantial contributions to them.
    • become creative and intellectually curious individuals who are committed to lifelong learning.
  5. Preparation of students for work or further study after they leave the College. The College will:

    • provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in business, public service or research.
    • provide information and counseling regarding employment and graduate school opportunities.
    • adapt courses and programs as appropriate to meet changing expectations in the professional world.