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General Education

General Education Purpose Statement

Widener University cultivates critical, creative, and independent thinking to develop undergraduates who demonstrate intellectual integrity, civic engagement, and potential for leadership. General education promotes awareness and synthesis of different strategies of knowing, questioning, and understanding.

Through the integration of experiences both inside and outside the classroom, students learn to act as responsible citizens and to pursue knowledge beyond the boundaries of the university.

General Education Learning Goals

1. A liberally educated graduate communicates effectively.

  • Gives clear presentations before a group.
  • Writes papers that require locating, analyzing, and formally referencing information sources to support conclusions

2. A liberally educated graduate thinks critically.

  • Makes claims and draws conclusions that require the analysis and evaluation of evidence.
  • Synthesizes divergent content, methodologies, and models.
  • Makes and assesses ethical judgments.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of different points of view and analyzes how these are informed by factors that may include culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, age, disabilities, language, religion, sexual orientation, or geographical area, among others.

3. A liberally educated graduate uses quantitative methods effectively.

  • Solves problems using mathematical methods.
  • Interprets, makes inferences, and draws conclusions from data.
  • Determines whether numerical results are reasonable.

4. A liberally educated graduate has developed a wide range of intellectual perspectives and methodologies.

  • Evaluates the workings of the natural and physical world using theories and models that can be tested by experiments and observations.
  • Evaluates social science theories and research methods related to questions of human behavior, mental processes, communication, social and cultural structures and institutions.
  • Evaluates philosophical, historical and aesthetic arguments, evidence, and artifacts.

Widener students have an opportunity to achieve these goals through meeting our distribution requirements, writing requirements, experiential learning courses, and their majors.