The College of General Education provides a range of introductory courses which are common for students of all undergraduate programs, grouped into six thematic clusters: Experiential Learning, English Communication, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis, Global Awareness and Regional Challenges, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
General Education courses introduce students to mathematics and quantitative analysis, the natural sciences, research methods and analysis, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of modern science and its applications. With a focus on the first-year experience of university education, General Education courses assist students to acquire essential experiential learning skills along with a firm grounding in written and oral English communication, emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Selected courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts will provide students with the opportunity to become more aware of global and regional challenges and to explore the wider social implications of an increasingly diverse and interconnected world while developing the principles of personal and social responsibility necessary for thriving and advancing their intellectual and practical skills.
In each cluster, students are required to take a specific number of courses which are indicated in individual program structures and are mandatory for all students of the respective program. Normally, students will be completing 11 General Education courses and associated Labs across their first and second year of study.
Dr. Rosie Bateson
College of General Education
Thank you for visiting the information pages of the College of General Education. On behalf of the entire academic team and staff of the School, it is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you – as a prospective student, interested parent, colleague, member of the public, a current student, or a College graduate.
Deanna Owens, Department Head for Math and Science
John Little, Department Head for Communications and Electives
College of General Education
Welcome to the College of General Education. Our goal is to help you adjust to learning at the higher education level and prepare you for success in your program courses. Our college offers a variety of courses in Mathematics, the Natural Sciences, English Communication, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. The curriculum of the General Education Requirement is delivered by means of technology-rich and interactive teaching methods based on experiential learning.
The Department Head's role is to act as a link between students and their instructors and administrators, helping with registration, scheduling, disciplinary issues, and course-specific information.
Skills Students Learn:
The College of General Education provides a base on which the other academic programs are built. Through the General Education Requirement, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to:
- Study and communicate effectively in English
- Demonstrate ability for knowledge acquisition through experiential learning
- Understand basic concepts in different science domains and their applications
- Demonstrate quantitative literacy
- Source, evaluate and document research to support the analysis of a solution to a problem-based topic in a given area
- Demonstrate understanding of regional development aspirations and challenges
- Discuss topics related to social development, social structures, ethical behavior, entrepreneurship, and business development.
Focus on Experiential Learning:
In an environment focused on applied sciences and technical education, the practice of experiential learning is a distinctive feature of the curriculum. In addition to using experiential learning techniques in all of its courses, the College of General Education offers specific courses in effective learning as well as applied and experiential learning, which enable students to become effective:
- Team members
- Team leaders
The College of General education is a vibrant community of academic staff, students, and staff who are dedicated to general education and innovation for the future generation.
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