All of these classes have been approved for the Arts & Humanities General Education requirement (in addition, some satisfy the ethics and/or diversity requirement; for details see http://www.uml.edu/gened/courses.html.)
The aim of the General Education program is to provide the following Learning Outcomes:
Breadth of Knowledge (learning outcome #1)
These classes will introduce students to a range of knowledge, in subjects including religion, science, law, literature, and art, under the unifying rubric of philosophy. All of the classes have an interdisciplinary focus, considering the approaches to these topics from a diversity of fields, including theology, science, psychology, history, and literary theory.
Critical Thinking (learning outcome # 2)
Students must demonstrate the ability to synthesize information, discover connections, differentiate between facts and opinions, assess evidence, draw conclusions, construct arguments on both sides of a debate using the best available evidence, solve problems, develop and test hypotheses.
Clear Communication (learning outcome # 3)
Students must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively: to articulate, support, and defend a position using appropriate modes of communication. Each class involves four written assignments, two in-class exams and two essays, which require students to demonstrate their proficiency in constructing an argument.