The Collaborative Leadership component increases students’ confidence in working in groups for a shared goal and helps students develop skills and dispositions like team building, delegation, conflict resolution, and effective communication. This skill is essential in a world where problems are complex and interdependent, and where teamwork is often required to unite diverse groups behind a shared goal.
Critical Thinking courses develop the lifelong intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information that is used to guide beliefs and actions. This skill helps with the ability to make sound arguments based on adequate evidence and to rationally examine and assess one’s own arguments and those of others.
Information Literacy courses cultivate the habit of asking appropriate questions related to an information need and discovering explanations and specific answers to those questions based on evidence. Information literacy, as a methodology and a set of skills, allows and inspires individuals to be life-long learners.
The Intercultural Communication requirement prepares students to understand the world through the eyes and words of others. Courses in this category are designed to put students in direct contact with speakers of languages other than their own, since intercultural communication is a daily reality for much of the earth’s population. This skill encourages students to analyze and reflect on the value of using multiple linguistic resources to access other cultural views.
Oral Communication courses engage students in both formal and informal uses of communication. These courses equip students to comprehend, critique, and analyze information in order to be able to effectively and efficiently communicate their ideas to others. These skills enable individuals to become confident and competent speakers.
The Quantitative Reasoning component focuses on how to interpret, evaluate, and use various types of quantitative information in order to support a position or argument. It includes the ability to express quantitative information visually, symbolically, numerically and verbally. These courses incorporate practice in reading and using quantitative data, in understanding quantitative evidence and in applying quantitative skills to the solution of real-life problems.
Written Communication courses promote strong writing skills that students need in order to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize a variety of texts in a variety of disciplines. These courses teach students to write in multiple contexts, whether they are exploring and developing their own ideas, responding fairly and responsibly to the ideas and perspectives of others, or crafting polished, compelling and persuasive texts.