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Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives of the Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core at Carson-Newman provides an introduction to the Liberal Arts and studies in Biblical traditions, communications, mathematics and science, personal and social awareness, and global perspectives. Through these core components, students gain knowledge of the history of Christian Liberal Arts; acquire knowledge of the scholarly study of the Judeo-Christian scriptures and their content; develop effective communication skills in both written and spoken English; exhibit scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning skills critical for making informed decisions; demonstrate the ability to think critically and to apply appropriate research techniques to the study of human behavior, social systems, and cultures of the world; and display a broad knowledge of human actions, imagination, and expression.

1. LA Core Component: Introduction to the Liberal Arts

Goal: Gain knowledge of the history of Christian Liberal Arts and Carson-Newman and of the skills such education promotes

Learning Objectives:

a. Students will articulate the values and purposes of a Christian Liberal Arts education.

b. Students will present information clearly, critically, and convincingly using various communication methods.

2. LA Core Component: Studies in Biblical traditions

Goal: Acquire knowledge of the scholarly study of the Judeo-Christian scriptures and their content

Learning Objectives:

a. Students will demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of the literary genres, socio-historical context, and key critical approaches regarding the Old Testament and New Testament.

b. Students will apply insights from selected Biblical traditions to contemporary life.

3. LA Core Component: Studies in Communication

Goal: Develop effective communication skills in both written and spoken English

Learning Objectives:

a. Students will demonstrate the ability to write a college-level paper that addresses an appropriate audience, has a focused thesis/enthymeme, is clearly organized and developed, and has minimal grammar and punctuation errors.

b. Students will demonstrate the ability to compose and deliver a well-organized oral presentation
suitable to the topic, purpose, setting and audience.

4. LA Core Component: Studies in Mathematics and Science

Goal: Exhibit scientific literacy and quantitative reasoning skills critical for making informed decisions

Learning Objectives:

a. When presented with an analytical problem, students will choose an appropriate model with which to solve the problem, use quantitative techniques to arrive at a solution, and interpret their solution in writing.

b. Students will develop conclusions from a particular set of observations or experiments.

5. LA Core Component: Studies in Personal/Social Awareness

Goal: Demonstrate the ability to think critically and to apply appropriate research techniques to the study of human behavior, social systems, and cultures of the world

Learning Objectives:

a. Students will articulate the interaction between the discipline and social issues.

b. Students will critically analyze interrelationships between individual and sociohistorical forces.

6. LA Core Component: Studies to Enhance a World Perspective

Goal: Display a broad knowledge of human actions, imagination, and expression

Learning Objectives:

a. Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of two or more cultural perspectives, artistic forms, value systems, and/or philosophical or religious ideas in relation to the larger human context.

b. Students will recognize basic relationships between history, language and literature,
culture, and the fine arts.

7. Senior Capstone Course/Experience (taken within student’s major/discipline):

Goal: Students will demonstrate mastery of the five LAC competencies (critical reading, critical thinking, oral communication, written communication, and information literary) at a level appropriate for graduation