Associate of Arts in General Education

Kirstie E.
Kirstie E. Class of 2018, Military Veteran

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Program Overview

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The General Education program for the Associate of Arts degrees promotes the intellectual growth of all students in National University’s Associate level undergraduate degree programs. The general education curriculum assumes that undergraduates will not concentrate on a major field of study until they have completed a general education program that provides instruction in writing and mathematical skills as well as introducing the student to subject matter in the Humanities, Information Literacy and Science and Social Science disciplines. Students will also address the cultural diversity of contemporary society.

Students in the general education program are advised to focus on writing and speech communication first. Students are then counseled to explore mathematical and other formal systems to develop abstract reasoning abilities and are encouraged to take a course in informational literacy. Finally, all students are required to have exposure to the natural sciences, the humanities, fine arts, language, and the social and behavioral sciences. Many of these courses include an examination of the human condition in a multicultural society.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills for self-development that contribute to lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate literacy in written and oral communication.
  • Apply information literacy skills in developing research projects and presentations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of past and present human and cultural diversity.
  • Identify ethical issues raised in different disciplines.
  • Demonstrate scientific and quantitative literacy skills in appraising information and solving problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the elements of critical thinking to analyze issues, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work successfully in a team.

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