University Studies Handbook 2012-2013
University Studies Program
One fundamental purpose of a liberal education is to
ensure the acquisition of knowledge common to educated people and to
equip students to integrate acquired knowledge in order to produce
interconnections of thoughts and ideas.
The goal of the University Studies program is to
provide students with the information, ideas and skills they need to
have in order to live a happier and more intellectually rewarding life.
The program is based upon nine University Studies
Objective No. 1: Demonstrate
the ability to locate and gather information
This objective addresses the ways to search
for, find and retrieve the ever increasing information available in a
Objective No. 2: Demonstrate
capabilities for critical thinking, reasoning and analyzing
Students today cannot learn all the information
that is produced. Therefore, they must be able to evaluate, analyze and
synthesize information. They must be able to effectively process large
amounts of information.
Objective No. 3: Demonstrate
effective communication skills
The ability to understand and manipulate verbal
and mathematical symbols is a fundamental requirement in any society,
especially one that thrives upon the free exchange of ideas and
information. Functional literacy is not the goal, rather, students must
attain a high level of proficiency in order to be effective and happy
Objective No. 4: Demonstrate
an understanding of human experiences and the ability to relate them to
The degree to which individuals and societies
assimilate the accrued knowledge of previous generations is indicative
of the degree to which they will be able to use their creative and
intellectual abilities to enrich their lives and the culture of which
they are a part.
Objective No. 5: Demonstrate
an understanding of various cultures and their interrelationships
Understanding how other people live and think
gives one a broader base of experience upon which to draw in the quest
to become educated. As we become more proficient in information
gathering, critical thinking, communication, and understanding our past,
our need to understand other cultures becomes greater.
Objective No. 6: Demonstrate
the ability to integrate the breadth and diversity of knowledge and
This objective deals not merely with the
possession of isolated facts and basic concepts, but also the
correlation and synthesis of disparate knowledge into a coherent,
Objective No. 7: Demonstrate
the ability to make informed, intelligent value decisions
Valuing is the ability to make informed decisions
after considering ethical, moral, aesthetic and practical implications.
It involves assessing the consequences of one's actions, assuming
responsibility for them, and understanding and respecting the value
perspective of others.
Objective No. 8: Demonstrate
the ability to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses
A concern for beauty is a universal
characteristic of human culture. Aesthetics, while usually associated
with the fine arts, can be broadly defined to include all areas of human
endeavor, for example, science, history, business and sport.
Objective No. 9: Demonstrate
the ability to function responsibly in one's natural, social and
Students must learn to interact responsibly with
their natural, social and political environments in order to assure
continued interrelationships among persons and things. This objective
presupposes an educated, enlightened citizenry that accepts its
responsibility to understand and participate in the political and social