BoK designated courses should be introductory and also appropriate as a "complete" introduction to a field, one that could be the only course that students take in a particular discipline. These courses should be of general value and interest and might be ones that programs recommend to their students on a routine basis. Generally, they have few or no pre-requisites. The BoK designation is usually reserved for freshman (1000) and sophomore (2000) level courses. In a very few instances, programs may provide a BoK designation to a 3000 level course, although the above characteristics should apply.
Analysis and understanding of issues arising from individual and cultural differences.
Social/ethical reasoning from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Analysis and understanding of technological trends, innovation and discovery processes, and related effects, opportunities and dangers. A course or experience that fits this topic area might examine the social implications of technologies, relationships between invention and law, varied perspectives on technological change, and/or histories of technology. These courses should not be “how-to” courses that focus on applications of technologies. The focus of such courses should be the analysis of the role and impact of technology and innovation in societies.
A QR course should contain discussion, instruction, use (on the part of students), and assessment of one or more of the following:
Quantitative reasoning skills must be a significant element of the course and the instructor should analyze student learning related to quantitative reasoning as part of the overall course assessment.
Courses in this area help students understand and appreciate creative works and history of the arts. In addition, these courses aim to teach students to recognize the comprehensive role of arts as an expression of the cultural values of a society and the need to preserve these expressions for the benefit of future generations. Courses from the following disciplines are examples of this distribution area: dance, drama, music, and visual arts.
Courses in this area should contain discussion, application, analysis, and/or evaluation of one or more of the following:
Historical analysis and research skills must be a significant element of the courses in this area. Courses from the following disciplines are examples: history, classics, history of art and music, Africana studies, and Judaic studies.
Courses in this area help students develop competency in the understanding of the human condition and of the values inherent in it. This understanding will help the development of insights into and a critical evaluation of the meaning of life. A course that fulfills the Humanities and Literature requirement should contain discussion, instruction, use, and assessment of one or more of the following:
Reading, qualitative analysis specific to the discipline, and writing skills must be a significant element of the course, should contribute significantly to the course grade, and the instructor should analyze student learning related to humanities or literary perspectives and/or methodology as part of the overall course assessment. Courses from the following disciplines are examples of this distribution area: classics, communication, English, foreign languages, linguistics, philosophy, rhetoric, and courses not included in the other distribution areas.
In a natural science course, students will learn fundamental scientific concepts and apply them to the natural world using quantitative and qualitative scientific methods. They will study one or more of the following:
A natural science course must incorporate quantitative problem-solving or a broad, systematic conceptual survey drawn from the traditional physical or life sciences. Assessment of student learning should focus on this aspect of the course. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of scientific concepts and methods.
A social science course teaches an understanding of human behavior and the organization of human activities--at the individual, group, community, societal, and global levels--arrived at through the analysis of theory and the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students study how major principles, concepts, and models of the social sciences enhance our understanding of the human experience; the nature of social science evidence and how it is collected; and how social science knowledge is applied to specific problems and issues facing individuals, families, communities, societies, and the world.
The Baccalaureate Competencies are the primary goals and desired outcomes to be achieved by all University of Cincinnati graduates. These goals and outcomes are pervasive components of all courses and experiences, and equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for a full and productive life.
Critical Thinking is the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and ideas from multiple perspectives.
The educated individual thinks critically and analytically about subjects. Critical thinking includes the capability for analysis, problem solving, logical argument, the application of scholarly and scientific methods, the accurate use of terminology, and information literacy. Particular critical thinking skills can vary from discipline to discipline.
Effective Communication embraces oral, visual, and language arts, including the ability to read, write, speak, and listen; it is the effective use of various resources and technology for personal and professional communication.
The educated individual must be able to understand and convey ideas in diverse contexts, using appropriate communication and information technology resources and skills. Oral and visual communication proficiencies are demonstrated through the performance and graphic arts. Among important language capabilities are proper usage, appropriate style, and the ability to formulate a coherent, well-supported argument using language appropriate to academic and public discourse.
Knowledge Integration is the ability to fuse information and concepts from multiple disciplines for personal, professional, and civic enhancement.
A commitment to a life of thought and the ability to evaluate critically one's own views and those of others require that the individual be able to access, judge, and compare diverse fields of knowledge. The General Education Core promotes knowledge integration by encouraging courses and experiences that enable a student to discover connections between different disciplines and their real-life applications.
Social Responsibility is the ability to apply knowledge and skills gained through the undergraduate experience for the advancement of society.
Attention and service to the world at large is characteristic of a socially accountable, well-educated individual. One goal of the General Education Core is to introduce a student to historical ethical reasoning, contemporary social and ethical issues, and to promote knowledge, skills, and attitudes that encourage responsible civic engagement.
Information literacy is a fundamental component of the four Baccalaureate Competencies, and must permeate every component of the General Education Core.
Information literacy includes, but goes beyond, information technology skills. It is the ability to determine the nature of required information, to access it effectively and efficiently, to evaluate it critically, and to incorporate it into one's knowledge system. It necessitates the responsible, legal, and ethical use of information.