All courses will work toward equipping students with the skills and values they need to maintain sustainable ecosystems, contribute to just communities, and lead meaningful, healthy, and resilient lives.
Students will understand the structure and dynamics of representative social and natural systems and their interrelationships.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of social systems, such as cultures, religions, politics, and economics, and their historical development.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of ecological systems and environmental issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and biodiversity loss.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to assess and strengthen the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
- Students will demonstrate the disposition to trace the impact of potential actions on the socio-ecological systems at different scales.
Critical Thinking and Communication
Students will develop and apply strong problem—solving and communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate complex issues and ideas to diverse audiences in a variety of media.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate reasoning and to create effective arguments.
- Students will demonstrate information literacy through the ability to access, understand, apply, and evaluate sources of information critically and to distinguish fact from opinion.
- Students will be able to use technology appropriately to gain information and create positive social change.
- Students will apply their skills in service to their community.
Sustainability and Justice
Students will understand the factors contributing to our domestic and global social and ecological challenges and demonstrate the ability to evaluate proposals for creating a more sustainable future.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of theories of sustainability and justice and be able to use these to evaluate problems and solutions.
- Students will demonstrate a historical understanding of the changing relationship between humans and nature in particular bioregions.
- Students will be able to design and articulate a positive vision for a just and sustainable society.
Reflective Self-Awareness and Responsibility
Students will demonstrate ethical responsibility, aesthetic sensitivity, and multicultural awareness.
- Students will demonstrate reflective self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses. They will be able to accurately evaluate their knowledge and skills; their health and character; and their finances and future plans.
- Students will demonstrate empathy for others and the ability to entertain multiple `perspectives.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to identify the ethical dimensions of contemporary issues and to reason cogently about potential solutions
- Students will demonstrate an awareness of social diversity issues; an ability to understand and compensate for their own biases; and skills to address concerns related to marginalization, equity, and inclusion.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to reason about aesthetic considerations and to design creative solutions to individual and social problems.
Liberal Arts Understanding
Students will demonstrate transdisciplinary integration of traditional liberal arts areas.
- Students will demonstrate familiarity with the subject matter and methodologies of the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.
- Students will be able to integrate knowledge from multiple areas of study to solve complex problems.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to interpret and analyze natural and social phenomena and communicate it to diverse audiences.