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2018-19 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Fall 2015

Written and Oral Communication 

  • Use standard vocabulary, punctuation, and grammatical constructions
  • Practice reading closely, noting agreements and disagreements, and making application in their own work
  • Produce written or oral communication that demonstrates audience analysis
  • Communicate effectively with people from other cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate basic research skills
  • Write a research essay
  • Employ one’s own writing or speaking voice effectively


  • Describe various expressions of emotion, intellect, and imagination
  • Describe the beliefs, achievements, customs, and values of different cultures in varying times and places
  • Demonstrate observational and critical thinking abilities
  • Apply historical knowledge to contemporary issues and problems
  • Define, discuss, and articulate one’s own values

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

  • Explain the methods of science as applied to human behavior
  • Describe the processes used by historians, social scientists, and behavioral scientists to explain human behavior and social systems
  • Describe the historical experience, legacy, political institutions, and systems of the U.S.

Natural Sciences 

  • Explain the methodology and facts of both biological and physical science
  • Describe the scientific nature of the physical world and of living organisms
  • Generate and test hypotheses
  • Use the scientific method to evaluate hypotheses and conclusions
  • Establish causal relationships
  • Demonstrate skills in making measurements and analyzing data

Quantitative Analysis 

  • Solve problems using basic arithmetic and algebra
  • Use logical reasoning
  • Communicate with symbols
  • Draw valid inferences from data presented in the form of a graph
  • Creatively apply known results to new situations

Life Skills 

  • Describe how lifestyle choices affect physical, psychosocial, and emotional health
  • Explain personal finance and associated consumer issues
  • Explain the effect of decision-making on lifestyle outcomes
  • Apply technological tools and resources for lifelong learning

Global Perspectives 

  • Describe cultural influences on their own values and assumptions
  • Analyze different cultures from a comparative perspective
  • Communicate with members of different cultural groups with respect and maturity        
  • Value human and cultural diversity