SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

 

Knowledge and Skills Areas

Learning Outcome

Mathematics

Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics

 

Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally

 

Employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems

 

Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness

 

Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods

 

 

Natural Sciences

Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis

 

Application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences

 

 

Social Sciences

Understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement of data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis

 

Knowledge of major concepts, models, and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences

 

 

American History

Knowledge of a basic narrative of American history:  political, economic, social and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society

 

Knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups

 

Understanding of America’s evolving relationship with the rest of the world

 

 

Western Civilization

Knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of Western civilization

 

Relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world

 

Understanding of America’s evolving relationship with the rest of the world

 

 

Other World Civilizations

Knowledge of either a broad outline of world history or the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of one non-Western civilization

 

 

Humanities

Knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program.

 

 

The Arts

Understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein

 

 

Foreign Language

Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language

 

Knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying

 

 

Basic Communication

Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms

 

Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts

 

Research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details

 

Develop proficiency in oral discourse

 

Evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria

 

 

Competencies

Learning Outcome

Critical Thinking (Reasoning)

Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work

 

Develop well-reasoned arguments

 

 

Information Management

Perform the basic operations of personal computer use

 

Understand and use basic research techniques

 

Locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources