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General Education Curricular Alignment

The chart below portray how each category’s outcomes align with the overall university general education outcomes. Some outcomes are repeated if the specific outcome fits into more than one overall university general education outcome. The General Education Committee believes that the successful completion of the courses across all outcomes and categories can provide our students with a solid foundation on which to build knowledge and skill in their majors.

         

Overall General Education Goals & Outcomes
Graduates of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be able to: Express a broad knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, history, and fine arts; Think critically, analytically, and reflectively; Employ qualitative and quantitative information to define and defend viewpoints, solve problems, and to make informed decisions; Communicate effectively, especially in speech and in writing; and collaborate on common tasks; Synthesize information and concepts across general and specific disciplinary studies, demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and situations.

Rhetoric and Writing Outcomes

6 credit hours

2 sequenced courses

Read and understand multiple genres and texts.

Work effectively in peer groups to give and receive feedback on emerging drafts.

Complete formal writing projects using appropriate grammar, mechanics, formatting, and tone.

Understand and use several multi-subject databases to locate sources; evaluate sources for reliability and persuasive potential; understand and use other research methods where appropriate.

Confidently use at least one common citation method, (such as MLA or APA).

Use academic writing strategies with an emphasis on developing ideas, formulating a thesis, constructing an argument, and adjusting organization and details to meet audience needs.

Develop effective arguments for multiple audiences using appropriate rhetorical strategies and various types of evidence.

Understand and use several multi-subject databases to locate sources; evaluate sources for reliability and persuasive potential; understand and use other research methods where appropriate.

Use at least one multi-subject database to find relevant research and effectively incorporate material from their research into formal assignments.

Develop a focused research question and identify research strategies for finding appropriate primary and secondary sources.

Use academic writing strategies with an emphasis on developing ideas, formulating a thesis, constructing an argument, and adjusting organization and details to meet audience needs.

Use revision strategies to clarify and improve a writing project’s purpose, thesis, organization, use of supporting details, use of source material, and audience appropriateness.

Work effectively in peer groups to give and receive feedback on emerging drafts.

Effectively and ethically incorporate the words and ideas of others into their own original writing.

Successfully complete several formal writing projects, including research-driven arguments, using appropriate grammar, mechanics, formatting, and tone.

The Fine Arts & Humanities Outcomes

12 credit hours

4 courses across 4 subcategories

Compare the differences and commonalities among the various disciplines in the Fine Arts and Humanities.

Describe the forms and limits of knowledge in the arts and the humanities.
Apply the techniques of interpretation and analysis characteristic of disciplines in the Fine Arts and Humanities to explore significant issues, texts, and artistic works. Recognize and evaluate competing interpretations of texts broadly defined. Communicate the results of their inquiries and analyses in writing, Identify the relationships among ideas, text, and artistic works and their cultural and historical contexts.

Historical Understandings Subcategory Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course

Explain concepts such as cause and effect, change over time, context, and contingency.

Explain the varieties of historical evidence and assess their strengths and limitations.

Articulate the relationship between the past and the present.

Analyze and interpret primary and secondary source material, distinguish between them, and place them in context.

Follow and construct logical and coherent historical arguments.

Explain concepts such as cause and effect, change over time, context, and contingency.

Evaluate multiple perspectives that emerge from differing narratives and sources
Explain the varieties of historical evidence and assess their strengths and limitations. Explain concepts such as cause and effect, change over time, context, and contingency.  
 

Literature Subcategory Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course

Recognize and analyze figurative language.

Identify and discuss multiple levels of meaning.

Articulate differences in genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, drama, etc.) and sub-genre (e.g. short story, essay, epic, sonnet, etc.).

Read and comprehend college-level literature. 

Construct theses and logical arguments related to the meaning or contexts of texts.

Arbitrate competing interpretations. 

Arbitrate competing interpretations.

Address the influence of cultural and historical contexts on literary texts. 

Construct theses and logical arguments related to the meaning or contexts of texts.

Address the influence of cultural and historical contexts on literary texts. 
Address the influence of cultural and historical contexts on literary texts. 
 

Thought, Values & Beliefs Subcategory Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course

Identify the components of at least one body of thought.

Apply the unique perspective of the body of thought to a specific problem or question. 

Analyze and explain a body of thought.

Apply the unique perspective of the body of thought to a specific problem or question.
Apply the unique perspective of the body of thought to a specific problem or question. 

Analyze and explain a body of thought.

Effectively articulate in writing their individual perspective in relation to the body of thought. 
Apply the unique perspective of the body of thought to a specific problem or question. 

Visual and Performing Arts Subcategory Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course

Describe, interpret, and analyze creative modes of expression.

Form and defend judgments about creative modes of expression.
Describe, interpret, and analyze creative modes of expression. Offer multiple solutions to specific creative problems.

Describe, interpret, and analyze creative modes of expression.

Form and defend judgments about creative modes of expression.

Compare ideas, issues, or themes in human civilizations’ achievements
 

Non-Western Culture Outcomes

3 credit hours

Identify and analyze knowledge, artifacts, or practices of at least one non-Western* culture.

Draw comparisons between the culture or cultures under examination and Western* traditions or practices. 
Identify and analyze knowledge, artifacts, or practices of at least one non-Western* culture  Draw comparisons between the culture or cultures under examination and Western* traditions or practices.  Recognize and articulate the complexities of human differences within the culture or cultures under examination.  Recognize and articulate the complexities of human differences within the culture or cultures under examination. 

The Natural Sciences Outcomes

7 – 8 credit hours

2 courses (at least 1 with an associated lab)

Explain intellectual foundations, conceptual approaches, and methodologies of the natural sciences.

Formulate a hypothesis based on empirical data.

Design experiments to test hypotheses.

Express conclusions and implications from scientific experiments using a variety of methods.

Apply the scientific method to solve problems.

Design experiments to test hypotheses.

Understand and explain scientific terminology.

Apply the scientific method to solve problems.

Formulate a hypothesis based on empirical data.

Design experiments to test hypotheses.

Construct graphic and analytical models from a description of a specific natural phenomenon.

Express conclusions and implications from scientific experiments using a variety of methods.

Understand and explain scientific terminology.

Explain intellectual foundations, conceptual approaches, and methodologies of the natural sciences.

Discuss historical, social and political issues related to scientific data and advances.

Natural Science Lab Outcomes

(at least 1 lab course associated with another course)

Demonstrate significant concepts of the discipline.

Experience the methods and technology of scientific inquiry.
Practice the development of independent thought. Use scientific technology to gather and interpret data.    

Behavioral & Social Sciences Outcomes

6 credit hours

2 courses

These two courses should be from different disciplines unless the requirements for the major indicate otherwise. Students should check with their advisor.

Use and communicate evidence and theory to examine individual, social and or cultural phenomena.

Describe and explain social or behavioral phenomena by applying a discipline’s concepts and/or theories.

Explain the limitations of behavioral or social science methods to predict human behavior.

Analyze empirical observations in relation to discipline-appropriate theoretical constructs. 
Engage in reasoning using qualitative or quantitative social science or behavioral science tools and information.

Explain the limitations of behavioral or social science methods to predict human behavior.

 

Use and communicate evidence and theory to examine individual, social and or cultural phenomena.

Engage in reasoning using qualitative or quantitative social science or behavioral science tools and information.
Use and communicate evidence and theory to examine individual, social and or cultural phenomena. Explain the limitations of behavioral or social science methods to predict human behavior.
 

Mathematics Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course
Explain key mathematical concepts or prove mathematical statements. Analyze and resolve real-world and abstract quantitative situations that require critical thinking, logical reasoning, and the ability to identify assumptions and separate relevant from irrelevant information. Use a variety of appropriate mathematical concepts, skills, tools, and methods to solve quantitative problems that arise in students’ personal and professional lives.  Communicate, interpret, and justify results with clarity and coherence. Describe both the strengths and limitations of mathematics in addressing human problems.
 

Statistics Outcomes

3 credit hours

1 course

Use statistical thinking.

Recognize the strengths and limitations of statistics in addressing human problems and conduct investigations of statistically accessible problems.
Apply conceptual understandings of basic statistical principles to real-world situations.

Explain statistical concepts and interpret statistical results using appropriate statistical vocabulary.

Apply techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics and basic probability principles to real data.
Explain statistical concepts and interpret statistical results using appropriate statistical vocabulary.  Use software packages for data analysis and statistical understanding.
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