Philosophy and Objectives of the Core Curriculum

Philosophy: Stevenson University is committed to a strong general education program facilitating and preparing students to meet civic responsibilities and employer needs and expectation in a diverse, increasingly global, and ever-changing community. The Core Curriculum emphasizes the following goals: the development of essential skills; a broad exposure to a diversity of perspectives and values in the liberal arts and sciences; and the exploration of individual, cultural, global, and ethical considerations in human relations. To the degree that the Core meets these goals, the university will be achieving its mission, and SU graduates will be well positioned to succeed in their careers and assume their places as responsible, judicious, and contributing citizens to both their communities and the world.

Objectives: The following are the objectives of the Core Curriculum.

Development of essential skills

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate basic technological competence.
  • Demonstrate ability to obtain, evaluate, and use information to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic wellness principles.

Exposure to a diversity of perspectives and values in the liberal arts and sciences

  • Identify key concepts, perspectives, methods, values underlying, and applications of the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, mathematics and the sciences.

Exploration of individual, cultural, global, and ethical considerations in human relations

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of individual, cultural, and global differences on human relations.

Objectives of the College Writing Requirement: Through the Core Writing Skills courses, the English Department prepares students who, through discussion and written work, demonstrate their ability to

  • Read critically and think analytically.
  • Write organized, clear, and coherent essays.
  • Use information technologies and resources for writing and research.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of literature to the concerns and questions of humanity.
  • Write competently in academic and professional situations.

Writing plays a vital role in the Stevenson Core Curriculum. A sequence of writing courses prepares students to meet the requirements of their college course work and the expectations of future employers. First year students are placed in writing courses using a combination of Verbal SAT scores and an ETS English placement test (See Placement). All students must demonstrate competency in writing by earning a minimum of a "C-"in ENG 151, Composition and Writing from Sources. Depending on their placement, some students also take ENG 148, Introduction to Composition, which includes a review of grammar. Honors Program students may substitute HON 171 and ENG 172H for ENG 151 and 152. In addition, students are required to take a 200-level writing course which may be in their major.

Objectives of the College Information Literacy Requirement:

Information literacy is briefly defined as the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information. With these skills in place, Stevenson students can confidently navigate today's information driven economy.

The information literate student:

  • Plans a realistic research strategy to identify and retrieve appropriate sources.
  • Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluates all information sources critically.
  • Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific task.
  • Respects intellectual property and cites sources correctly.

Objectives of the College Quantitative Literacy Requirements: A quantitatively literate person will be able to do the following:

  • Interpret mathematical and/or statistical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them.
  • Represent mathematical and/or statistical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
  • Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve problems.
  • Estimate and check answers to mathematical and/or statistical problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
  • Recognize that mathematical and statistical methods have limits.
  • Read critically and think analytically.