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General Education

In the fall of 1997, the Husson University Faculty approved a new General Education Curriculum for all programs leading to the baccalaureate degree. The General Education Curriculum is organized around a set of broad personal and professional attributes that the faculty believes ought to characterize a graduate in every Husson major. These attributes are:

  • Professional and technical competence in a major field of study
  • Knowledge of ethical standards and skill in ethical analysis
  • Knowledge of self and positive self image
  • Effectiveness in communication
  • Global and cultural awareness and understanding

In addition to these major attributes, the Husson Faculty expect graduates to be able to manage their own life-long learning, exhibit leadership and interpersonal skills, and know the value of service to one’s community.

The General Education Curriculum includes a set of core requirements and elective courses designed to help students develop these attributes. Every baccalaureate student must complete this set of eight core courses:

  • EH 123 Rhetoric and Composition I
  • EH 124 Rhetoric and Composition II
  • EH 200 Approaches to Literature
  • Laboratory Science
  • Mathematics (two courses)
  • Senior Seminar

Each student must also satisfy a set of distribution requirements through selection of appropriate electives in the following areas:

  • Experiential Learning (co-op, internship, clinical, other) (1)
  • Ethics (1)
  • Psychology (1)
  • Communications (3)
  • Foreign Culture and Conversation (1)
  • Fine Arts (1)
  • Global Perspectives (1)

To complete the General Education requirements, students must also document learning through co-curricular and/or community service experiences.

Starting in 2012, as part of its ongoing commitment to inspiring and preparing students for professional careers in current and emerging fields within the context of an education informed by the sciences and humanities, Husson University began revising its General Education curriculum with the following goals in mind:

  • Provide a more integrated experience stressing the context and connections of General Education in informing major fields of study
  • Develop a greater understanding of the purpose and importance of General Education in the curriculum by students, parents, and faculty
  • Better prepare students for the demands of the new century
  • Create greater efficiency in the curriculum
  • Provide greater choice and flexibility to students
  • Continue to meet and exceed accreditation requirements
  • Improve assessment of student learning outcomes and share assessment data across campus units to better inform curriculum decisions

The Faculty Forum voted to adopt the mission statement and the learning outcomes during the 2015-2016 academic year. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, the General Education Task Force and General Education Committee of the Faculty Forum will be creating a new structure for Husson’s General Education program with hopes that it will take effect during the 2017-2018 academic year.

General Education Mission Statement (adopted 2015)

The mission of the general education core curriculum at Husson University is three-fold:

  1. to educate students in broad, foundational knowledge encompassing their larger societies and cultures;
  2. to educate students in universal and multi-faceted skills including communication, problem solving, and critical thinking
  3. to open students’ minds to the life-possibilities available to them with a Husson education.

Students build upon this core as they move through their major programs by

  1. using their cultural competencies to better serve their patients, employers, peers, or customers
  2. applying their intellectual skills to discipline-specific studies or occupations
  3. taking full advantage of social, economic, and cultural opportunities to be successful, productive members of their chosen communities.

General Education Outcomes (adopted 2016)

All General Education outcomes require “adequate breadth” by showing a “balanced regard for what are traditionally referred to as the arts and humanities, the sciences including mathematics, and the social sciences.” These outcomes require “offerings that focus on the subject matter and methodologies of these three primary domains of knowledge as well as on their relationships to one another.” NEASC Standards for Accreditation p. 8

1. Knowledge:

Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of human cultures and how those impact the individual, and the physical and natural worlds.

Students will explore, identify, explain, and apply the ways in which knowledge is created about the individual, society and the physical and natural worlds. They will identify and apply methods of quantitative and qualitative investigative research and of presentation.

2. Perspectives:

Students will be able to identify, explain, and apply a wide variety of fundamental human perspectives—global, historical, cultural, racial, gendered, social, economic, religious, political, psychological and geographical—through studies in the humanities, social sciences, arts, math, and science.

Students will integrate knowledge garnered from the course work in general education to shape their informed perspectives on global issues as well as their own lives. Such awareness will help students make intelligent assessments and choices when encountering diverse people, ideas, beliefs and cultures.

3. Thinking:

Reasoning—Students will identify, understand, and be able to use different methods of reasoning effectively.

Problem Solving—Students will rationally solve problems and make decisions through analysis and synthesis of relevant information.

Creative Thinking—Students will demonstrate capacity to analyze, synthesize, and interpret ideas and representations of human experience found in literature, philosophy, psychology and the arts in order to create and express new ideas.

4. Skills

Students will demonstrate essential college level skills associated with reading comprehension, careful interpretation of texts, clear oral and written communication, and use of technology.

Students will demonstrate capacity to gather, analyze, interpret, and articulate quantitative and qualitative information and results.

Upon completion of their general education curriculum, students will have

  • Understood, interpreted, and communicated ideas and information using written, oral and visual media.
  • Thought critically and creatively to solve unfamiliar problems
  • Used quantitative and qualitative reasoning in a variety of general education contexts.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the history, principles, economics, psychology and politics of the United States and the wider world.
  • Demonstrated an awareness of different social and cultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer and information literacy.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of how the social sciences describe and explain interpersonal and intrapersonal behaviors
  • Demonstrated an understanding of how the biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities describe and explain the natural world.
  • Identified and explained aesthetic and ethical dimensions of humankind.