General Educational Reauthorization Documents

Two courses in the Psychology Department have been designated a General Education, meaning that they fulfill the General Education requirement of training in the Social Sciences. The mission of the Social Science general education area is to provide students with a basic understanding of humans and their behavior within their environments; and to assist students in their efforts to contribute to society in their particular professions and as responsible citizens of their various communities. 

Social Science Student Learning Outcomes for Social Science Gen Ed classes must demonstrate that students demonstrate at least two of the skill criteria listed below.

____ Written, oral, or graphic communication
____ Abstract logic or reasoning
____ Use of information technology
____ Use of library or other research sources
____ Critical thinking, cognitive learning, and individual or group problem       solving
____ Collaborative group problem solving

A student completing a social science general education course should be able to accomplish three of the following five outcomes.

____ Describe a social science approach to studying and understanding human behavior.
____ Describe basic assumptions about humans and their behaviors from a social science perspective.
____ Explain the basic elements and operation of a sociocultural system.
____ Explain the interactions between individuals and their sociocultural and/or natural environments.
____ Apply a social science perspective to a particular issue and identify factors impacting change (past or present).

In Fall 2011, the Psychology Department was asked to demonstrate that its social science general Education classes fulfill the Gen Ed requirements. The following documents provided such demonstrations.

Introductory Psychology PSY 1010
Interpersonal Relationships, PSY 2000