Sample General Education Syllabi Statements

Syllabi for designated general education courses are required to include a statement explicitly referring to intended general education outcomes.   Clarifying how these outcomes will be met should help students understand the goals and aims of the general education courses and better discern continuities across the curriculum. Depending on the size, structure, or aims of the course, the following sample statements could be amended or combined to satisfy this requirement. Depending on the size, structure, or aims of the course, the following sample statements could be amended or combined to satisfy this requirement.

Sample #1 - Critical Thinking Skills

This course fulfills a General Education requirement in (Written Communication, Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences …).  One goal of the course will be to practice and develop ourcritical thinking skills.  In part, this will be (explicitly) modeled during class discussions and/or group problem-solving sessions. Key elements of critical thinking include: identifying the question or problem, analyzing evidence and developing arguments, integrating knowledge and demonstrating an awareness of multiple points of view, and drawing conclusions based upon reasons, arguments, and evidence. Your progress in this area will be assessed with the following graded assignment(s):  (writing/essay assignment, problem set, laboratory report, embedded in exam questions, etc).

Sample #2 - Effective Communication Skills

This course fulfills a General Education requirement in (Written Communication, Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences …).  One goal of the course will be to practice and develop effective communication skills.  Key elements of effective communication include: clear articulation the purpose in a tone suitable to the audience, evidence of coherent organization, demonstration of analysis and/or synthesis of the concepts and/or evidence, use of appropriate conventions and style.  Class discussions and analysis of sample work will be used to help you develop these skills. Your progress in this area will be assessed with a graded assignment  (writing/essay assignment, problem set, laboratory report,embedded in exam questions, etc).

Sample #3 - Understand and Appreciate Cultural Diversity

This course fulfills a General Education requirement in (Written Communication, Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences …).  One goal of the course will be to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. Key elements related to this goal include:  recognizing ways that culture shapes our behaviors and attitudes, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between culture and environment, recognizing the diversity within cultural groups, and analyzing the  impact of cultural diversity on problems and societal issues. In part, this understanding will be (explicitly) modeled during presentations and/or group discussions. Your progress in this area will be assessed with a graded assignment  (writing/essay assignment, problem set, embedded in exam questions, etc).