Broad Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World

College-wide Goals for Student Learning

Broad knowledge of human cultures and the natural world – Students will use tools and ideas from many fields of study to understand human experiences, natural phenomena, and the relationships among them.

For example, students will be able to:

  • Create, perform, or respond critically to artistic works
  • Analyze literatures, languages, histories, faith traditions, and ethical systems
  • Recognize both the opportunities and the obligations created by domestic and global diversity
  • Explain important patterns in human behaviors, relationships, cultures, and institutions, and the intersections among them
  • Use scientific methods to investigate the natural world
  • Draw on knowledge from several different fields to understand a topic or research an issue

Students can develop these abilities through experiences such as:

  • Completing General Education courses in Literary Studies, Historical Studies in Western Culture, and Scientific Exploration and Discovery
  • Performing in a dance ensemble or theater production
  • Mentoring someone from another country as an International Student Counselor
  • Attending performances at the Guthrie or Mixed Blood Theater hosted by Student Support Services and Multicultural Affairs
  • Completing courses or programs that satisfy more than one General Education requirement simultaneously
  • Volunteering in the Northfield community
  • Using information and ideas from a variety of courses in completing a course assignment
  • Attending cultural and education events hosted by the multicultural student organizations

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