Definition of I&P Component of General Education
The category of courses identified as Issues and Perspectives is conceived as a way of addressing the need for a component in
general education that exposes students to certain valuable but non-canonical subjects and methodologies.
In this category the committee thought to include the following types of courses.
- Courses having as their focus issues or problems which have emerged as matters of concern from contemporary conditions of life and culture. e.g.
- Problems concerning technology, ecology, and economics in relation to ethics, religion, politics, etc.
- Issues arising from diversity of cultures, nationalities gender, race, ethnicity, class, ideologies, power, etc.
- Global concerns such as war and peace, nationalism, resource distribution, environment, etc.
- Courses from any disciplines that combine two or more disciplinary subjects to demonstrate the interdependence of
knowledge, as well as the connectedness of the world. e.g.
- Religion, poetry, philosophy, and science in various pairings.
- The interrelationship of the arts—or the arts and other disciplines.
- Synchronic viewing of an event or moment in history from the scientific, political, artistic, and religious points of view.
- Psychology, anthropology, social studies, business, education, engineering, and health professions
- Mathematics, the language of many disciplines.