Department of General Education
The Department of General Education offers the general education courses that are required for the undergraduate degree programs.
IAU seeks to provide its students with an education rich in diverse experiences and perspectives. Such an education is intended to provide students with knowledge and perspectives fostering adaptability and flexibility in a changing world, as well as enhancing students’ understand of, and tolerance for, differences among peoples.
The coursework is considered foundational and meant to ground students in various disciplines before advancing to their major field of study. The program has required courses which provide students with a broad educational foundation through exposure to diverse disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and the arts; and the development of intellectual skills, such as critical thinking and communication skills.
The general education program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore new fields to expand their general knowledge. Objectives of this program include equipping students with the knowledge and ability to:
- Use the standard diction, grammar, and mechanics of American English in order to appropriately use language, conventions, supporting evidence, and content to effectively communicate in writing for purpose and audience;
- Employ conventions appropriate to academic and professional writing;
- Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings;
- Perform calculations with integers, fractions (rationale numbers), decimals, ratios, and percentages;
- Effectively organize, manage, and present data, using contemporary software applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, databases, and electronic presentation software;
- Evaluate contemporary issues and/or historical problems within the discipline’s contexts;
- Demonstrate awareness of cultural practices and how being from a particular culture affects experiences and values;
- Distinguish how literature reflects, interacts, and influences society, history, and culture;
- Differentiate among facts, theories, and hypotheses;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts and methods used by social or behavioral scientists to investigate, analyze, or predict human or group behavior;
- Think creatively, analyze critically, and synthesize clearly;
- Appreciate the humanities, arts, and aesthetics as ways of knowing and engaging in a diverse world;
- Develop a motivation for and appreciate the wisdom of acquiring lifelong learning.