General Education Curriculum


Designated Themes

The general education curriculum is organized around the following five themes:

Global Competencies: Students are introduced to the cultural values, lifestyles of people, languages and cultural, economic, political and historical dimensions of the world so that they can interpret diverse approaches to life, understand the evolving global environments and identify how their choices interact with the dynamics of the contemporary global system.

Intellectual and Practical SkillsAcross the curriculum and through a progressive learning process, students will acquire the following skills at higher-order level: inquiry and analysiscritical and creative thinkingwritten and oral communicationquantitative literacyInformation literacy, and teamwork and problem solving

Personal Development and Social Responsibility: Students shall be able to relate their personal development to the concern for the larger good, and develop strong ethical responsibilities and commitment to problems of common concern.

Integrative Learning: Students shall develop the ability to synthesize and apply learning from general and specialized studies to complex real-world problems (through seminars, writing portfolio requirements, capstone projects that require team work, filed study and projects).

Openness, Development and Inequality: Students shall understand the impact of a more open economy and issues in economic development.

Essential Learning Outcomes

In general education (and through their majors), students are expected to demonstrate competencies related to the following aspects:

1. Knowledge of human cultures and the natural world

Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages and the arts

2. Intellectual and practical skills, including

Inquiry and analysis

Critical and creative thinking

Written and oral communication

Quantitative literacy

Information literacy

Teamwork and problem solving

3. Personal and social responsibility, including

Knowledge and concerns about global problems

Intercultural knowledge and competence

Ethical reasoning and action

Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

4. Integrative learning, including

Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies



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