General Education

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General Education Student Learning Outcomes

NPU has determined that the first five institutional learning outcomes will also serve as general education outcomes, with one modification: The general education outcome for critical thinking has been modified to include an introductory phrase,  “Using various disciplinary perspectives, explore and analyze issues, ideas, artifacts, and/or events to formalize an opinion or conclusion.” This inclusion allows for a clear mapping between general education courses in natural sciences, social sciences, communications, and humanities.

All undergraduate students are expected to demonstrate the following general education student learning outcomes:

  1. Written Communication - Write sustained, coherent arguments or explanations.
  2. Oral Communication - Utilize effective oral communication strategies.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning - Utilize mathematical concepts and methods to analyze, and explain issues in quantitative terms.
  4. Information Literacy -  Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information in support of academic, personal, and professional needs.
  5. Critical Thinking - Utilizing various disciplinary perspectives, explore and analyze issues, ideas, artifacts, and/or events to formalize an opinion or conclusion.

Examples of courses that fall under each area of general education are as follows:

  1. English and Communications: Expository Writing, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication, American Literature.
  2. Humanities: Philosophy, Art/Music Appreciation, Principle of Ethics.
  3. Mathematics and Natural Sciences: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Physical Sciences, Physics.
  4. Social Sciences: American Experience, American/California History, Emotional Intelligence, Health Psychology, Multiculturalism, Public Administration, Sociology.