Liberal Arts

Minnesota Transfer Goals

Ten areas of emphasis in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum:

GOAL 1: Written and Oral Communication

To develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically.

GOAL 2: Critical Thinking

To develop thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational, and value-sensitive modes of thought. Critical thinking skills will be taught and used in courses across the general education curriculum.

GOAL 3: Natural Sciences

To improve students' understanding of physical and biological principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry.

GOAL 4: Mathematical / Logical Reasoning

To increase student's knowledge about mathematical processes and other logical reasoning.

GOAL 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

To increase students' knowledge of how historians and social behavioral scientists discover, develop, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas.

GOAL 6: The Humanities 

To expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures; especially in relation to behavior, ideas, and values expressed in works of art, imagination, and thought.

GOAL 7: Human Diversity

To increase students' understanding of individual and group differences (e.g. race, gender, ethnicity, class) and knowledge of various history traditions, values, and cultures. 

GOAL 8: Global Perspective

To develop students' understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences.

GOAL 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

To develop students' capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and an understanding of the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship.

GOAL 10: People and the Environment

To improve students' understanding of today's complex environmental challenges.