General Education (GE) Core Curriculum at Clark Atlanta University is foundational to all baccalaureate degree programs. The GE component of the baccalaureate degree program consists of a set of courses and other experiences in the humanities, social and natural sciences; computer literacy and information technology; communication and quantitative skills; foreign languages; and several other areas, which are structured and sequenced generally in the first two years of study at the university. In efforts to refine the GE curriculum, the University’s Senate approved 122 credit hours for all undergraduate degree programs on July 14, 2016. The new undergraduate curriculum included:
- 51 undergraduate degree plans/concentrations derived from the university’s current 29 undergraduate degree programs,
- A new General Education Core of 30-36 credit hours.
The university’s institution-wide Six-Step Annual Assessment and Improvement Process is utilized to assess students’ attainment of General Education competencies.
General Education Mission Statement
The mission of General Education at Clark Atlanta University is to provide students with the foundational knowledge, transferable skills, dispositions, and experiences that will prepare them to become independent thinkers and learners who seek to make a difference in their world through actions and ideas that matter.
Designed by faculty from all academic units and based on the methods of each academic discipline, the Core Curriculum fosters reasoning, communication, historical consciousness, social, political, and cultural awareness. This is achieved through a flexible selection of courses and extracurricular activities rather than a prescribed curriculum.
General Education Core Competencies
- Critical and Ethical Thinking – being proficient in the aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Learning Outcome: Students should be able to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, apply, comprehend, and gain knowledge.
- Communication Proficiency – demonstrating oral and written proficiency
- Learning Outcome: Students should be able to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, using Standard English and the appropriate language, tone, and disposition for the purpose and audience.
- Financial and Quantitative Literacy – demonstrating proficiency in the utilization of mathematical skills, concepts, and ideas to solve problems and interpret information
- Learning Outcome: Students should be able to analyze and apply basic scientific principles and research methods of scientific inquiry to make informed decisions
- Globalization and Humanities Awareness – demonstrating an understanding of global issues, service-learning and the human condition
- Learning Outcome: Students should be able to apply knowledge of social science and humanistic inquiry to evaluate contemporary issues and make informed decisions, identify and explain the implications of ethical values in a chosen profession, understand the micro and macro implications of a “Culture for Service”, and demonstrate social responsibility and service-learning.
- Computer and Information Technology Proficiency – being Proficient in academic and professional software/applications
- Learning Outcome: Students should be able to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Access, Excel, internet research, industry-relevant applications, and software.
General Education Core Curriculum Courses