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Students in the inaugural class will enroll in Minerva in the Fall 2014. There will be four different majors offered: Computational Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences (The Natural Sciences major is pending WASC accreditation). These four degrees share the following undergraduate degree learning outcomes.
Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes
- Knowing how to think critically, which requires the student to ask the following kinds of questions upon hearing a claim:
- Is there an alternative hypothesis/explanation?
- Are the assumptions/premises entirely defensible?
- Are there counterexamples?
- Is there a "missing control condition" (such as a situation identical to the present but without the supposedly explanatory ingredient)
- Is there an "excluded middle" (where two alternatives are presented but more are in fact possible)
- Is the reasoning from assumptions/premises to conclusion logical? (g) for quantitative information, is the result as expected by order of magnitude estimates?
- Are biases likely to be at work (such as preselection biases, selective windowing of results)?
- Being able to use basic statistical and reasoning concepts, such as the students' knowing:
- The distinction between significance and effect size
- How to read graphical data displays and avoid being misled by them
- Different classes of inferential tests and when they are appropriate
- Kahneman/Tversky heuristics (e.g., representativeness, availability) and their accompanying potential difficulties
- Bayesian inferences and conditional probabilities
- Being able to locate and appropriately use needed information, which requires being able to (the following is quoted from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, see Section III.A.5):
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
- Understanding and applying historical analyses, including knowing how to:
- Find and validate primary sources
- How to analyze these sources
- Construct coherent narratives that make sense of diverse and conflicting data
- Being able to write and verbally present compelling arguments at a very high level, including knowing how to:
- Use audiovisual aids effectively
- Communicate to different types of audiences
- Use fundamental principles of rhetoric
- Use metaphor and analogy
- Knowing how to engage in ethical thinking, including knowing how to:
- Characterize ethical dilemmas
- Analyze them
- View them in a broader social and cultural context.
- Being able to use principles of design and aesthetics, such as knowing how to use:
- Music to affect attention and mood
- Principles of human perception to guide visual design
- Art to engage emotion
- Art in persuasion and political movements
- Understanding group interactions, including knowing how to:
- Be a productive member of a team
- Lead a team effectively
- Recognize when a group might need a leader
- Negotiate with superiors, peers, and subordinates
For more information please go to: www.minerva.kgi.edu/learningoutcomes