Graduation Requirements

Goodwin College is committed to prepare competent, productive problem solvers who appreciate the diversity of our society, maintain inquiring minds, and embrace lifelong learning. This goal is achieved through the following practices:

Writing requirements span across all our programs and courses. Students become skilled, perceptive, analytical readers and critical thinkers by writing research papers. Utilizing both inductive and deductive reasoning, students evolve into proficient writers capable of conducting scholarly research.

Both content-specific communication courses and embedded material in General Education courses are required for degree students, resulting in students' mastery of effective methods of relating information. Participation requirements include discussions, teamwork and presentations allowing students to practice critical thinking techniques and collaboration skills.

Mathematics and science courses encourage students to develop inquiring minds by analyzing and synthesizing data, experimenting and drawing solutions, cultivating logical thinking, and using the scientific method.

Philosophy, psychology, or sociology courses prepare students to understand the relevance of the humanities and social sciences to contemporary, local, and world conditions.

History requirements allow students to prepare for their future by learning about the past, appreciate the lessons learned over time by American and world cultures, and find methods to translate this knowledge critically to their lives.

All courses at Goodwin College encourage students to make positive contributions to society by exploring their own talents, experiencing personal growth, and becoming valuable members of their community.

Learning Competencies

In fulfilling the mission of the college, all students in degree programs must take general education courses within seven competencies: Communications, Computer Literacy, Cultural, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Writing. Students enrolled in bachelor degree programs are required to take five additional competencies: Advanced Writing, Ethics/Philosophy, Global Studies, Multicultural, and Research. These competencies represent areas of learning which develop students’ knowledge considered essential to be a well-educated person.

Communications (COM)

Communications courses provide students with opportunities to learn how to effectively communicate verbally using visual or technological aids in informal, academic, and professional settings.

  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively through listening skills, feedback, and reflection.
  • Show proficiency in computer skills by utilizing the latest developments in communication media through the use of technological resources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be an active listener, interpret non-verbal cues, and tailor communication to various audiences.

Computer Literacy (CL)

Computer literacy courses prepare students to use technology for communication and to function effectively in a variety of settings.

  • Develop proficiency in computer skills needed to function in today's academic, business, and social settings.
  • Demonstrate the effects and outcomes of appropriate use of technology in a global community.
  • Analyze and apply computer concepts to show mastery of technological knowledge.

Cultural (CU)

Cultural courses help students to develop an understanding of the underlying values of a culture, recognize differences in relationships among cultures, and foster a respect for various cultural perspectives.

  • Engage in discussions centered on one or more of the following: inquiry into morals and ethics, religions, life choices, modern languages, study of fine arts and performing arts, and/or the influences of politics and culture on human values.
  • Respond to a variety of materials, from academic and literary texts to works of art and music, in either written or oral form.
  • Research, interpret, analyze, and evaluate the cultural context of a variety of materials.

Mathematics (MATH)

Mathematics courses develop problem-solving skills and give students the opportunity to apply mathematics concepts to real world problems.

  • Demonstrate computational fluency.
  • Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies and mathematical procedures to interpret and solve problems.
  • Use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely.

Science (SCI)

Science courses introduce students to the practice of scientific inquiry and give students opportunities to solve scientific problems both in and out of the classroom and laboratory.

  • Formulate clear, concise, and relevant scientific questions.
  • Identify, gather, and assess scientific information.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific terminology, principles, and concepts as well as the ability to use scientific inquiry to solve problems.

Social Science (SS)

Social science courses prepare students to understand concepts in sociology, psychology, anthropology and/or multiculturalism. These courses focus on theory and relevant application regarding social, cultural, and cross-cultural norms and sanctions.

  • Engage in collaborative discussions centered on social and/or cultural issues.
  • Analyze the importance of human behavior and cultural forces on society.
  • Examine social, political, economic, cultural, and cross-cultural factors and the impact of these forces upon the individual and society and how they affect human behavior and the mental processes.

Writing (WR)

Writing courses prepare students to engage in written academic discourse by providing them with opportunities to write in a variety of styles and for diverse audiences. Additionally, writing courses provide students with an introduction to academic research, evaluation of sources, and citation.

  • Engage critically in written and oral academic rhetoric.
  • Understand and utilize research methods and standards for academic citation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of reading and writing skills and mechanics through various assignments.

Advanced Writing (AW)

Advanced writing courses build on the general college-level rhetorical reading and writing strategies students have learned in earlier courses (i.e., persuasion, logic, research methods, language usage, sentence combining, and editing). Advanced writing courses prepare students to do advanced-level critical analysis and writing through written assignments.

  • Demonstrate mastery in analysis, synthesis, and application of the subject matter of the course.
  • Require 20-30 pages of substantial original composition that counts for at least 50% of the course grade.
  • Focus on editing and revising of written work throughout the course of the semester.

Ethics/Philosophy (E/P)

Ethics/Philosophy courses provide the opportunity for students to examine the basis for ethical conduct, ethical standards in the real world, and the relationship of ethics and morals. This can include exploring a variety of philosophical questions regarding human life.

  • Develop logical and critical thinking skills in evaluating arguments in ethics and philosophy.
  • Analyze a variety of ethical/philosophical questions, such as the purpose of human existence, freedom versus determinism, the right to life, and the nature of aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate understanding of different ethical perspectives and concepts.

Global Studies (G/US & G/W)

Global studies courses provide the opportunity for students to examine historical events and social, cultural, and political forces that shape societies and individuals. Global studies courses focus on critical analysis of and engagement with complex, interdependent global systems, which may include implications for people's lives or the earth's sustainability.

  • Demonstrate knowledge, awareness of others' opinions, critical thinking, and informed reflections based on course readings and discussions.
  • Analyze how one's own actions affect both local and global communities.
  • Collaboratively and equitably evaluate the most pressing historical and/or contemporary issues affecting our world.

Multiculturalism (MC)

Multicultural courses prepare students to increase awareness and sensitivity of other cultures as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of their own culture.

  • Engage in activities that promote diversity, acceptance, and inclusion among multiple cultures.
  • Interpret intercultural experiences from the perspective of one's own and more than one other world view.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate how cultural pluralism shapes new attitudes and behaviors that encourage cooperation and harmony in professional, educational, and community settings.

Research (RE)

Research courses provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the research process and its application to a particular discipline. These courses engage students in academic inquiry, from reviewing discipline-specific literature to data collection and analysis.

  • Demonstrate comprehension of research terms, concepts, and techniques.
  • Apply critical thinking to examine and assess research documents.
  • Analyze and critique the research process as an informed consumer.