Diversity in the United States

The acquisition of contextualized knowledge about some aspect of complex group interactions in the United States.

The ability to use concepts and tools of inquiry from at least one discipline to analyze issues related to the diversity of cultural experience in the United States.

The ability to reflect critically on the ways in which diversity (broadly understood) within the United States shapes the experiences of citizens and persons residing within the U.S.

Environmental Connections

Students will be able to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex interrelationships between humans and the natural world.

Students will be able to evaluate critically their personal connections to the natural world in one of the following ways: reasoning about ethical issues, directly experiencing the natural world, connecting to their community, or relating individual choices to larger societal goals.

Students will be able to apply knowledge of the physical, cultural, or social connections between humans and the natural world, according to their interests and disciplinary preferences, in at least one of the following ways:

Tracing the fundamental interconnections between humans, other species, and the environment.

Explaining how natural systems function and how human actions affect them.

Distinguishing between human impacts and natural change.

Elucidating the concept of sustainability.

Analyzing current cultural narratives that shape our relationship to the environment.

Analyzing past cultural constructions of the environment.

Analyzing societal mechanisms that influence our relationship to the environment.

Assessing governance and political conflicts regarding human-environment relationships.

Understanding the role of technological, economic and scientific knowledge in environmental decision-making and power relations between social actors.

Global Connections

Students will demonstrate the ability to use concepts and tools of inquiry from at least one discipline to examine the beliefs, history, social experiences, social structures, artistic or literary expression, and/or traditions of one or more cultures or societies located outside the United States;  OR

Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate tools of inquiry to understand the interdependent nature of the global system and the consequences this interdependence has for political, economic and social problems.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will acquire the knowledge of a body of college-level mathematical and/or statistical techniques suitable for modeling and analyzing real world questions/situations, and will gain some experience in such modeling, including experience in building, describing, testing, analyzing, and making predictions from such models.

Based on a focused course experience, students will acquire the ability to apply basic mathematical and/or statistical techniques at a college level of sophistication in the analysis and modeling of real-world questions or problems, including experience in building, describing, testing, analyzing, and making predictions from such models.

Students will develop the ability to formulate questions and propositions for quantitative analysis, to translate the question into a form appropriate for the chosen quantitative model, and to interpret and evaluate the results of the model in ways meaningful to the problem at hand.  Students also must show the ability to assess the validity and limitations of quantitative models and an understanding of the role of the assumptions made in the construction of these models.

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