General Education


Students who complete these courses can:

  • Demonstrate integrative learning in Black life, history, and culture
  • Communicate effectively
  • Practice global citizenship
  • Apply the principles of ethical leadership
  • Identify, explore and solve problems
  • Demonstrate breadth and integration of learning across disciplines
  • Engage identity and equity

Distribution Requirements

To reach these learning outcomes, students must complete the following general education requirements*:

   Credit HoursPoints
Writing Skill English composition 3  
Writing Skill Critical writing 3  
Language Skill Through 201 or equivalent 0-9  
Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy Skill One three or hour credit hour course that is at a level above college algebra 3-8  
Health and Wellness Skill Activity and life skills requirement 1-2  
Arts and Literature Area One course 3  
Ides and Ethics Area Two courses 6  
Society and Culture Area Two courses 6  
Scientific Discovery Area Two courses 8  
FYE/BLHAC Designation Two thematic area courses with the FYE designation n/a  
Crown Forum Area     40
      33-48 40

*Writing courses are satisfied by a grade of C or higher. For all other courses, requirements are met with a grade of D or higher. Some general education courses may require a higher grade as a prerequisite.

Outcomes in Detail

Success begins with identifying and codifying the right set of student learning outcomes, which set the college- level competencies we expect our students to attain. Individual courses, co-curricular activities, and the overall structure of the general education curriculum are designed for students to meet these learning outcomes.

Demonstrate Integrative Learning in Black Life, History, and Culture
  • Analyze the histories, cultures, and peoples of Africa and its diaspora through multiple disciplines and critical perspectives, including but not exclusive to African-centered models
  • Understand the diverse experiences, patterns, philosophies, and theories pertaining to Africa and its diaspora
Communicate Effectively
  • Present ideas effectively and persuasively using writing, speech, and digital and emerging media
  • Show patience and discipline to absorb others’ perspectives and ideas and to respond thoughtfully and professionally
Practice Global Citizenship
  • Understand diverse communities, cultures, and nations, including the impact and contributions of other people
  • Analyze pressing global problems
Identify, Explore, and Solve Problems
  • Use different disciplines to identify issues in society worthy of challenge
  • Think critically, innovatively, and responsibly to question and challenge those issues
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to develop solutions
Apply the Principles of Ethical Leadership
  • Understand major theories and models of ethical leadership and their implications
  • Evaluate principles of ethics and justice from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives
  • Apply principles of ethical leadership
Demonstrate Breadth and Integration of Learning Across Disciplines
  • Be well-versed in the knowledge, ideas, big questions, and methods of discovery across a variety of disciplines
  • Understand the relationship between and integrate knowledge, ideas, and methodologies from the arts, humanities, science and math, social sciences and business
  • Demonstrate mastery of and a capacity to continue to learn technologies, tools and contemporary techniques for inquiry and analysis
Engage Identity and Equity
  • Engage issues of identity—race and gender; sexuality; belief systems and religion; nationality; class; and others—both in self and in others
  • Use theory to inform life experiences and vice versa
  • Examine constructs of identity with rigor and emotional intelligence, all in the context of understanding and achieving equity

We introduce students to these goals in the general education curriculum, but it is our expectation that students will continue to develop higher levels of competency in each of these learning outcomes within majors, minors, elective courses, and co-curricular experiences such as service learning, study abroad, internships, and mentored apprenticeships.