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Purpose Statement for General Education Requirements for Associate in Arts (AA); Associate in Science (AS); Associate of Fine Arts (AFA); Associate of Engineering Science (AES); and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees

The purpose of general education at SSC is not simply to prepare students for a life of work, but to prepare them for the work of their lives. Throughout the history of the West, the emphasis in education has been on the study of both Mind and Nature, and the goals of education have remained constant:

G1. The student will demonstrate critical thinking through written, oral or skill-based activities;

G2. The student will argue with insight, intelligence, eloquence and responsibility.;

G3. The student will express oneself with discipline and creativity.

G4. The student will demonstrate an understanding of discipline specific material and how it interrelates with other subjects.

G5. The student will recognize the existence of a multi-cultural society and demonstrate an appreciation of multiple perspectives.

G6. The student will evaluate the impact of science and technology on the individual, society and the natural world.

General Education Objectives

1. COMMUNICATION

C1. Students will compose written English in a grammatically correct, well-organized and coherent manner for a variety of purposes.

C2. Students will compose, develop and deliver effective, English, language-based oral presentations for a variety of purposes.

C3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various forms of rhetoric.

C4. Students will integrate library/research skills into various areas of study.

2. MATHEMATICS

M1. Students will demonstrate analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.

M2. Students will integrate mathematical relationships with other fields of study.

3. HUMANITES

H1. Students will identify and analyze ideas, movements, civilizations and cultures. H2. Students will critically assess and express ideas about cultural diversity and individual roles in society.

4. FINE ARTS

FA1. Students will apply aesthetic reasoning for the expression, analysis, and interpretation of art forms.

FA2. Students will express themselves by creating or performing works of verbal or non-verbal Art.

5. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

SB1. Students will examine human thought processes and behaviors in diverse populations, cultures and settings.

SB2. Students will use the principles of Social and Behavioral Science to analyze and interpret individual and world issues.

6. PHYSICAL AND LIFE SCIENCE

PS1. Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively use scientific terminology.

PS2. Students will apply fundamental scientific conceptual frameworks for understanding and evaluating natural phenomena and their causes and effects.

7.TECHNOLOGY

T1. Students will demonstrate the use of a variety of forms of technology as fundamental tools.

T2. Students will demonstrate the effective application of current computers and software to a particular field of study.

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