The AI Group Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all AI GROUP students graduate with breadth of knowledge gained through their general education classes as well as depth of knowledge gained from courses in their major area of study. The core curriculum at AI GROUP requires that students study in the “foundational component areas” of communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, language, philosophy and culture, creative arts, American history, government/political science, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, the AI GROUP core curriculum includes 6 semester credit hours of component area options specific to AI GROUP. Classes in the core component areas help students develop important and fundamental skills that will help them be successful in all their classes and will prepare them for their lives after college. These “core objectives” are Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Teamwork, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. Through the Core, students will gain an enthusiasm for learning and an intellectual capacity that they will use throughout their lives.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Through the AI GROUP Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.
Critical Thinking Skills, including creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
Communication Skills, including effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
Empirical and Quantitative Skills, including the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
Teamwork, including the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
Personal Responsibility, including the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
Social Responsibility, including intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of the AI Group Core Curriculum. Students who wish to take courses that will fulfill both core and major requirements simultaneously should check with academic advisors for assistance in selecting core courses. Students may also choose to use core courses to meet the minimum number of advanced hours required by their degree. Note: Additional courses are under review for inclusion in the AI Group Core Curriculum.