ANDREWS PHILOSOPHY OF GENERAL EDUCATION
The rapid expansion of knowledge in a multi-cultural world requires those who would be truly educated to adopt a philosophy of life-long learning. One must engage the mind in the study of many fields, from the fine arts to the empirical and social sciences. This broad encounter with varied perspectives and the exposure to knowledge gained from many disciplines forms the domain of General Education, one of the two pillars of American higher education. By contrast, the other pillar is one's chosen major, usually a focused study of a specific discipline and the development of required skills.
Thus, the General Education program encourages students to reach beyond the mere exercise of certain skills and the accumulation of present knowledge. Although the faculty deeply respects learning, it considers another goal equally essential-that of producing Christian alumni notable for their culture, character, civility, and intellect. Thus, the faculty seeks to prepare graduates who possess the ethical values, interests, abilities, and analytical thinking for both leadership and service, so that they may contribute effectively to their homes, companies, communities, and churches. Transmitting this common yet distinctive heritage-along with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills-forms the essential purpose of General Education at Andrews.
GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS
To be well-informed, participating members of society, graduates must be knowledgeable in many areas. Andrews University considers the following areas to be important and designs its curriculum to help students meet the goals.
Religion: From a study of faith, ethics and doctrine, students will gain an experiential understanding of God's divine plan for their lives.
Language and Communication: Through practice, students will develop strategies for effective oral and written English communication. A Bachelor of Arts student will learn to communicate in a foreign language at the intermediate level.
Arts and Humanities: As students study and experience literature, ideas, and the performing and visual arts, they will come to understand how civilization expresses itself.
Social Science: Students will come to understand human behavioral theories and perspectives as manifested in social, geographic, political and economic relationships.
Service: Students will apply their knowledge and skills to the benefit of others by identifying with and serving in a selected community.
Physical/Natural Science: Students will experience the scientific method of studying the natural universe and the current way of understanding it.
Wellness: Students will study and apply the principles of health and fitness to their own lives.
Mathematics and Computer Science: Students will develop the logical, mathematical and computer skills essential in modern technological society.
Multiculturalism/Diversity: Students will understand how people of various groups and cultures are shaped by their heritages and how the oneness in Christ of all believers impacts communication with and service to others regardless of cultural background, gender, disability, religious beliefs or ideological difference.
GENERAL EDUCATION LINKS
For more information contact the General Education office at 269-471-6157, firstname.lastname@example.org