General education at Platt College includes courses in English, biology, mathematics, communications, chemistry, psychology, philosophy, sociology, humanities, and history. The general education courses comprise 79.5 quarter credit hours of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
The general education curriculum at Platt College strives to introduce all students to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and values that are essential to further study in the major, to the pursuit of life-long learning, to the development of educated members of the community and the world, and to provide the foundation for becoming informed, independent thinkers who can comprehend, evaluate, and address the issues that human beings face in their personal lives, in their careers, and in community and public affairs.
The Effective Citizen Model
Platt College has adopted a general education model similar to one of the three models described in Robert Newton’s (2000) Tensions and Models in General Education Planning, the Effective Citizen model in which the needs of society and the student are emphasized in general education curriculum. Coherence is achieved through liberal arts and sciences goals that focus on the skills, knowledge, and values that can be applied in a broad range of situations, from community action to entrepreneurship.
General education courses at Platt College:
To support the mission of Platt College, the Foundational Liberal Arts and Foundational Sciences program has the following six competencies (student learning outcomes) with student learning outcomes statements:
1. Effective Communication in Speaking and Writing
- 1.1 Students will communicate effectively by demonstrating the ability to speak, listen, read and write with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
- 2.1 Students will have a richer understanding and appreciation of the humanities and fine arts, and an appreciation, and evaluation of the aesthetic, historical, philosophical and literary dimensions of human experience.
3. Human Influence
- 3.1 Students will demonstrate awareness of the interdependent nature of individuals and societies and thus better equips them for thoughtful participation in a democratic society. Study here also encourages greater sensitivity to differences among people and thus exposes students to significant issues of cultural diversity, ethics and dilemmas in the personal, business and social areas of their lives.
4. Informed Citizen
- 4.1 Students will be able to participate as informed and responsible citizens in solving social, economic and political problems in a multicultural and global society.
- 4.2 Students will examine their preconceptions about the world and to interpret and analyze logically and apply ethical principles and logical problem solving skills when making ethical decisions.
- 4.3 Students will be able to think logically, critically and creatively to solve problems and make decisions while recognizing the importance of lifelong learning process in the pursuit of personal, intellectual and career development.
5. Mathematical Skills and Technology
- 5.1 Students will be able to comprehend and to use quantitative concepts and methods to interpret and to critically evaluate data and to effectively problem-solve in a variety of contexts demanding quantitative literacy.
- 5.2 Students will be able to implement appropriate forms of existing and evolving technology for personal, educational, and professional purposes, including fundamental concepts of computing and fluency in the use of contemporary computing and information technology.
6. Scientific Method
- 6.1 Students will be able to comprehend and to apply the basic principles of science and methods of scientific inquiry.