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Program Mission & Learning Outcomes

Program Mission

The liberal arts are traditionally recognized as the heart of a college education, providing information and skills that help people understand and analyze their world.
 
In light of this traditional value of the liberal arts, the mission of the Liberal Arts Program at Fisher College is two-fold: (1) To provide courses for the general education of all Fisher College students; and (2) to provide additional required courses for the Liberal Arts majors that facilitate transfer to and success in baccalaureate programs. For all Fisher College students, the Liberal Arts Program offers courses that assure a core education in communication, humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science. This general education core complements the specific career-preparation courses of other majors. Fisher College graduates will be able to research, analyze, synthesize, apply, and evaluate information and to articulate ideas effectively; will understand and be able to apply basic analytic-mathematical operations and to make logical inferences from data; and will understand the multiculturalism and diversity of United States society as well as of the global society. Thus, the Fisher College graduate, having joined the “society of learned men and women,” is prepared to be a life-long learner. For the major, the Liberal Arts Program offers a carefully structured curriculum designed to facilitate transfer to and success in baccalaureate programs. In addition to completing the Fisher College core requirements in English and mathematics, the Liberal Arts graduate must successfully complete course work in history, foreign language, literature, science, intermediate-level writing, and public speaking. The successful Liberal Arts graduate has the skills and experience to move on to advanced collegiate study or to entry-level careers.

For a good discussion of liberal arts education, see the website of the Association of American Universities and Colleges and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
  
 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:
 
  • Command effective communication skills, including the abilities to speak and write cogently and to conduct research that involves information literacy.
  • Understand and apply basic analytic-mathematical operations and to make logical inferences from quantitative data.
  •  Apply critical-thinking skills to organize and process information and to formulate effectively reasoned conclusions.
  •  Manifest self-awareness and confidence and articulate a belief in her/his role and responsibility in an individual, social, civic, and moral context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the multicultural values within a diverse American and global society sufficient to enable her/him to interact collaboratively with others of a different culture.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of Western and/or World culture.
  • Demonstrate an elementary knowledge of and ability to use a language other than English.
  • Apply the methods of scholarly inquiry and analysis both within and between traditional liberal arts disciplines (humanities, natural sciences, including mathematics, and social sciences).

By acquiring all the abilities outlined above, the Liberal Arts graduate will possess learning skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

  
 

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