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General Education

Anthony Santamaria, Ph.D.
Annunciation Center 315

Phone: (973) 290-4338


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Student Learning Outcomes

The general education student learning outcomes focus on the indispensable knowledge, skills and experiences that enable students to think critically, communicate effectively, make crucial connections between multiple perspectives, and act ethically.

They will not only provide students with the means to be successful in their chosen field, but also for life-long learning, shaping the expected competencies of a SEU graduate by the time of graduation.

Element I – Foundational Skills – Freshman/Sophomore Year

Two to Three 6-credit Courses and Five Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1.1 The ability to think critically
  • 1.2 The ability to communicate effectively
  • 1.3 An understanding of and competency in information literacy
  • 1.4 A facility with technology and software
  • 1.5 The ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. This is fulfilled by taking a math course related to the major or a specific course in Element II.

Element II – Inter/Multidisciplinary Content and Perspectives – Sophomore and Junior Year

Three 4-credit courses, One Course to Address Outcome 2.1, a Second Course to Address Outcome 2.2, and a Third Course to Address Outcome 2.3

  • 2.1 A global perspective on world events and cultures
  • 2.2 An acquaintance with languages, practices, and relationships between and among the arts, humanities, and sciences.
  • 2.3 The necessary knowledge and the ability to live a healthier life.

Element III – Faith, Spirituality, Ethics and Service-Learning – Junior Year

One 4-credit Course with Aligned Service Learning to address the following Three Student Learning Outcomes

  • 3.1 An understanding of faith and spirituality, and an appreciation for their significance within the human community
  • 3.2. The ability and the desire to act ethically
  • 3.3. An appreciation for the value of service and responsibility to the human community and the environment

Element IV – Capstone Seminar – Senior Year

One 4-credit Seminar Course to address the following Student Learning Outcome

  • 4. An integration of knowledge and approaches from the various disciplines, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.

    Students are able to:
  • 4.1a. Reflect on General Education learning experiences in relation to life-long learning.
  • 4.1b. Examine the ethical implications of contemporary issue(s) by applying knowledge from various disciplines.
  • 4.1c. Explore the deepest questions about life.
  • 4.1d. Develop common ground among different points of view.