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General Education encompasses a broad set of courses at Baton Rouge Community College. Students come to understand how distinct disciplines comprehend the modern world from different vantage points. Students learn basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines, enabling them to think critically and communicate well. Whereas major courses provide specific knowledge and skills within a discrete field of study or practice (the “depth” of knowledge), General Education courses establish wide knowledge and skills to evaluate and appreciate the physical environment, peoples, and cultures with whom students engage and interact (the “breadth” of knowledge). Most importantly, General Education coursework prepares students for meaningful, lifelong learning, and is as relevant to those seeking occupational preparation as it is to those intending to transfer to a four-year institution. General Education courses are listed in the current course catalog.
General Education Learning Outcomes
- Communicate in standard edited English, write and speak with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
- Understand, analyze, and evaluate readings from a variety of texts and apply that learning to academic, personal, and professional contexts.
- Think critically, independently, and creatively and make informed and logical judgments of the arguments of others, arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts.
- Comprehend and apply quantitative concepts and methods to interpret and critically evaluate data and to problem-solve in a variety of contexts demanding quantitative literacy.
- Comprehend and apply the basic principles of science and methods of scientific inquiry.
- Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively and ethically the needed information through written, oral, visual, and technological media.
- Recognize and understand cultural diversity and have a global perspective grounded in the understanding of international cultures, issues, and trends linking communities around the world.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process, the pleasures and challenges of artistic expression, and the role and value of the arts in society and culture.
- Demonstrate a deeper, more informed awareness and appreciation of the necessity for strong values, ethical conduct, and social responsibility, especially the importance of personal, academic, and professional integrity.
- Demonstrate knowledge of American democracy, an awareness of the responsibilities of informed citizenship in a diverse and pluralistic society, and a willingness to contribute through participation and service.