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General Education Outcomes

The mission of general education at Snow College is to stretch students’ minds and enlarge the foundation of their intellectual and practical skills in order to create in them a lifelong love of learning.

The general education curriculum is designed to accomplish several goals: to provide students with a broad exposure to different academic disciplines in order to assist them in selecting their course of study; to introduce a variety of ways of making knowledge so that students understand the complexity of information and knowledge; to facilitate the development of a passion for a specific area of study and a love of learning in general; to provide connections between disciplines by providing interdisciplinary, integrated learning opportunities; to prepare students to participate fully in human culture, ask probing and thoughtful questions, and engage as responsible citizens.

As many of the world's great thinkers have observed before, a general education is more than a bunch of facts and numbers: it is that part of the self that remains when the details have been forgotten. At Snow College, first and foremost, general education is who we are.

Specific courses are selected for inclusion in the general education curriculum only when the GE Committee has evidence that the course advances the GE mission, fulfills General Education learning outcomes, fulfills core or knowledge area outcomes, and articulates a coherent assessment plan. Courses approved for GE credit will participate in the General Education assessment for the knowledge area and report assessment results to the GE committee.


Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates from Snow College with an AS or AA degree:

  1. has a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on:
    • American institutions;
    • the social and behavioral sciences;
    • the physical and life sciences;
    • the humanities;
    • the fine arts;
    • and personal wellness;
  2. can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media;
  3. can speak and write effectively and respectfully as a member of the global community, and work effectively as a member of a team;
  4. can reason quantitatively in a variety of contexts;
  5. can address complex problems by integrating the knowledge and methodologies of multiple disciplines.
  6. can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy;

A student who graduates from Snow College with an AA degree:

  1. can speak, read, and write a foreign language with basic proficiency.


GE Requirements

The General Education curriculum is made up of courses that formulate a GE core (which is mandated by the state of Utah) and a selection of course options that fall into several knowledge areas:


GE Core

American Institutions(AI)

A student shall demonstrate reasonable understanding of the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States. Students who fulfill the GE requirement of American Institutions will be able to: 

  1. Analyze, contextualize, and use primary source documents to understand the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States
  2. Explain, interpret, and use historically, politically, and economically relevant information;
  3. Communicate effectively about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States;
  4. Engage a diversity of viewpoints in a constructive manner that contributes to a dialogue about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States;
  5. Use historical, political, and economic methods to come to an understanding of the United States that integrates those viewpoints.

Quantitative Literacy(QL)

A student shall demonstrate reasonable understanding of and interpret numerical information. Students who fulfill the GE requirement of Quantitative Literacy will be able to:

  1. Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, and tables);
  2. Convert relevant information into various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, and tables);
  3. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete basic calculations to solve problems;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve using quantitative literacy across multiple disciplines. Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analysis of data, recognizing the limits of this analysis;
  5. Express quantitative evidence in support of the argument or purpose of the work (in terms of what evidence is used and how it is formatted, presented, and contextualized);

English (E1 and E2) 

Writing skills are foundational for success in higher education, crucial for workforce preparation, and a basis for life as an educated person. Classes that meet E1 and E2 GE requirements should focus on developing effective and efficient writing processes and will not privilege course content over composition instruction and practice. Instructors should provide and arrange for detailed feedback on higher-order concerns on multiple drafts of multiple paper assignments. Students should write 15-20 pages of revised prose for each class (including an 8-12 page research paper for E2). Additionally, they instructors should help students address syntax, usage, and mechanical issues in the context of student writing. Class sizes should be kept low (20-25 students) to ensure that instructors can devote enough attention to student work. Finally, E1 and E2 need to be fulfilled by two courses taken sequentially.


Outcomes: General education courses in this area enable students to:

Course 1 (E1) 

Course 2 (E2) 


Knowledge Areas


Fine Arts

Courses to be designated as a Fine Arts (FA) General Education experience are expected to provide students with an understanding of the basic conceptual frameworks, historical and cultural contexts of artistic works, and be instilled with a sensibility of the creative process. Assessment will occur through the student’s ability to critically evaluate creative works using the language and methodology appropriate to the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and/or the visual arts.

Outcomes: General education courses in this area allow students to be able to:



The Humanities are a group of academic disciplines that study the many ways by which humans have attempted to understand themselves and their world. At Snow College, the Humanities focus on cultural traditions that are expressed largely through text or which have a strong textual component: languages, literature, and philosophy. The methods by which the Humanities study culture are at once analytical and interpretive, objective and subjective, historical and aesthetic.

Outcomes: General education courses in this area enable students to:


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will develop understanding of the world around them through study of content and the processes used by social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and/or predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, from a social scientist’s perspective, and methodologies, and come to an informed sense of self and others.

Outcomes: A student who earns General Education in the Social and Behavioral Sciences will be able to:


Natural Science (Life and Physical Science)

For the natural sciences, science is the systematic inquiry into natural phenomena organizing and condensing those observations into testable models and hypotheses, theories or laws. The success and credibility of science is anchored in the willingness of scientists to:

1) expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by other scientists which requires the complete and open exchange of data, procedures, and materials;

2) abandon or modify accepted conclusions when confronted with more complete or reliable experimental evidence. Adherence to these principles provides a mechanism for self-correction that is the foundation of the credibility of science (Adapted from a statement by the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society which was endorsed by the Executive Board of the American Associations of Physics Teachers in 1999).

Broad categories of the Natural Science disciplines include Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, and Biology. At Snow College, the first five are considered physical sciences and biology the life science. While properties of matter and energy in the physical sciences are common to life science, the emergent properties resulting from the complexities of life require additional study to amplify and clarify the scientific mechanisms of nature.

Outcomes: A student who has earned Snow College General Education Life Science Learning Outcomes will be able to:

Outcomes: A student who has earned Snow College General Education Physical Science Learning Outcomes will be able to: